Movie Review: Jurassic World


Infusing modern technology and prehistoric creatures, Jurassic World is the new and improved dinosaur theme park that boasts insane innovation – including dinosaur holograms, and even the creation of a new breed of dinosaur, the Indominus Rex. It is designed to be bigger, better and more dangerous, because as theme park manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) admits, “no one is impressed by a dinosaur anymore”.

Right. We all know that this brilliant idea will eventually backfire.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World is the fourth and latest addition to the Jurassic film franchise, following the well-received Jurassic Park III that premiered 14 years ago. With many jaw-dropping (pun intended) trailers and featurettes filling our social media timelines, did this installment meet, or even exceed the expectation of us fans?



The goofy Parks and Recreation actor, Chris Pratt, becomes a hot and entertaining action hero, Owen, in Jurassic World. He showcases his versatility here, playing a fatherly figure by communicating with dinosaurs, particularly raptors, and developing a unique relationship with them.


When the Indominus Rex escapes its cage by tricking its keepers, Owen is forced to ride alongside the raptors he’d trained while chasing after the highly intelligent dinosaur that has gone on a killing spree.

Despite the mini betrayal Owen faces at one point, the deep bond portrayed on screen between him and his dino friends is remarkable. Heck! The dinosaur even knows how to nod at Owen (while exchanging manly looks) before attacking the Indominus.


It was a pity that we didn’t get to watch more scenes of Chris Pratt though. However, the romantic chemistry between Owen and Claire, whose personalities are polar opposites, is undeniably amusing and sweet, making up for the lack of hunk action. The occasional witty bickering throughout the movie will keep you entertained in the midst of all the dinosaur drama as well.

And like the previous Jurassic films, someone has to lose his way on the dangerous island. Claire’s nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Grey (Ty Simpskins) wander off in an unsupervised ride and venture to the restricted section of the island through an unexplained opened gate. While it’s quite thrilling to watch how they escape the wrath of the Indominus Rex, why was that gate left open anyways? This particular plot hole bothered us quite a bit.


Apart from the dinosaur action, Jurassic World also reminded us of the importance of mutual understanding and relationship between man and animal.

The highlight of Jurassic World is undoubtedly all that dino fighting, aka “Dinosaur WWE”. Where else can you watch Chris Pratt team up with raptors to go against the Indomius? When all hope is seemingly lost even for the mighty T-Rex, the dinosaurs instinctively fought together against the Indominus Rex. How sweet!

(Go #teamdinosaur!) 


Apart from the story, were the camera works spectacular? Not really, not even in 3-D. The island scenery shots during the helicopter scenes are fairly similar to the first few films by Spielberg and Johnston, and comparable to your average Hollywood film. Unfortunately as well, the film’s element of surprise is taken away because the best parts of the film have been blatantly shown in the trailer, not giving us much to anticipate.

Though not as great as we’d expected, Jurassic World is definitely still worth the watch, mostly because we get to watch dinosaurs wrestle. And watching Chris Pratt get all hot and sweaty isn’t half bad too.


Rating: 3.5/5


Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes

Release date: 11 June 2015


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