The Dinosaurs are Back in Flawed But Satisfying "Jurassic World"


I am happy to report that “Jurassic World” does a fine job of carrying on the legacy of Steven Spielberg’s original film. There’s plenty of action and intensity blended in to a story that successfully brings Michael Crichton’s novel into the 21st Century. Of course some of the acting is dodgy at times, but for the most part everyone puts their best foot forward against a backdrop of CGI creatures and green screen environments.

In “Jurassic World,” the luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus Rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man (Vincent D’Onofrio) and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young boys and the rest of the guests from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

The Indominus Rex is the main focus of "Jurassic World, as you would expect a new breed of super-dinosaur to be. The beast's appearance and "abilities" are both incredible. However, I can't help but feel like there were missed opportunities to show what it could really do.

I do have to say that the CGI was weak in a few scenes. They were mostly wide shots where a bunch of different dinosaurs were in the sequences at the same time. I just chose to look past these problem areas and enjoy the film for what it is. “Jurassic World” is a sequel truly worthy of its title as an old-fashioned summer blockbuster. The kind you remember experiencing as a wide-eyed child.

“Jurassic World” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. It also contains profanity and adult innuendos. There are scenes where people are eaten onscreen and some CGI blood (very fake-looking, by the way) splashes at the camera.