Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jurassic World: 100 Word Movie Review*

Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is a film about the world’s smartest people making the world’s stupidest mistakes, the same basic premise as the original Jurassic Park 22 years ago. Set on the island featured in the original film, Jurassic World is now a full-blown theme park attracting over 20,000 visitors a day. Bryce Dallas Howard plays a corporate executive looking to increase park attendance with her new asset, a genetically modified dinosaur named Indominus Rex. Chris Pratt is a Velociraptor whisperer brought in to inspect the new dino’s cage, and arrives just in time to participate in its escape, because when you name your brand new dinosaur "Untamable King" (the translation of the Latin Indominus Rex) ya shouldn’t be surprised when it proves to be untamable. Because Congress must’ve passed some law saying you can’t make a film about cloned dinosaurs that doesn’t feature children in jeopardy you also get two kids, who happen to be the nephews of Howard’s character, that run right into the escaped beast. Pratt and Howard spend a lot of time together trying to rescue the boys and contain the dinos, and you get the sense that there might’ve been some genuine chemistry between these actors if someone had thought to write them something other than junior high level dialogue. But then the people are rarely the attraction in these films, and are usually just lucky not to be on the menu. Though certainly not as dumb as your average Transformers movie, Jurassic World offers little that is smart, but a lot that entertains. B

*100 word reviews are 100 words long, more or less. Often more.

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