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Monday, January 4, 2016

Movie Review Monday: Jurassic World

IMDB Blurb:
"A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree."

In general, this book was just fine.  Let me tell you what I mean by that.

1.  Felt like a rehash of the other Jurassic Park movies.  You know, the old story.  People screw with dino DNA and create dinosaurs.  Turns out to be a bad decision and people get eaten.  In comes a renegade fighty sort of person that defeats the dinosaurs.  They are left on their island while the people ride safely away in some sort of boat or air-borne vehicle.  Bleh.  There were some new things introduced but it really felt like a sequel.  However, I did like the incorporation of the raptors in a new way.  I also did like how they tipped hats to the original movies by showing some of the old facilities and such.

2.  The effects were pretty amazing.  One of the good things I can say about this movie is that they did do a very good job with all of the pictures and effects.

3.  The ending was the most cliche ending.  You have to see it for yourself to truly experience the cliche-ness but I'll try my best.  Big, bad, genetically engineered dino gets loose but the traditional raptors and T-Rex defeat it.  People stare in awe.  People go away to the hospital tent off of the island.  Re-connections with family and lots of hugs.  Main characters walk out to the railing and stare at the island as the camera pans outward and upward with dramatically sad music playing.  It's so cliche I can't handle it.

4.  The parallels drawn to the real world.  During some parts, I felt like it was specifically talking about the recent Sea World things that have been going on (the animal rights campaign where people don't want them training orca whales anymore).  It also happened when they talked about altering the dino's DNA and combining different species of dinosaur to get something bigger and badder that the public would pay more to see.  Sound familiar?

The Final Verdict:
While there were some great aspects to this movie including the special effects, the original facilities, and the incorporation of raptors, there were also some negatives.  It did feel like a rehash of the other Jurassic movies and the ending was the most cliche ending they could have dreamed up.  There were some hilarious lines though!
3 stars

Lowery: Someone has to stay behind.
[leans in to kiss]
Vivian: Uh, I have a boyfriend.

Claire: So, you can pick up their scent can't you? Track their the foot prints
Owen: I was with the Navy! Not the Navajo!

Gray: Can we stay with you?
Claire: I am never leaving you again!
GrayZach: [points to Owen] No, no, him. We mean him.

Masrani: The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.

Masrani: Remember why this place was made, Claire. Jurassic World exists to show us how very small we are. Very new. You can't put a price on that.

Masrani: You created a monster!
Henry Wu: Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We're just used to being the cat.


  1. It's a shame that this one wasn't all that mind blowing and have a few cliches in it! I haven't watched the Jurassic movies yet, so I think I should probably make that a goal for 2016!

    1. It is! I was hoping for a really awesome addition to the series but it was just meh. *GASP*! Yes! Watch them! They're really good :D

  2. I admit it- I kinda liked the old Jurassic films better than this one. Maybe because I saw them as a kid and I was more terrified by dinosaurs coming back to life? This one still had it's moments, though, and I wasn't bored with it. This isn't one I'd get for my movie collection unless it was seriously cheap.
    Great review, Laura!
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Haha I have to agree with you there - when I was a kid and watched the old Jurassic Park movies, I was terrified! Glad to hear it! This movie definitely didn't lack excitement! Thanks for stopping by Litha!


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