★★★

Director: colin trevorrow (safety not guaranteed, the book of henry)

Starring: chris pratt, bryce dallas howard, nick robinson, and ty simpkins

 

REVIEWER: emily carter

Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World 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 and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

With the previous installment released in 2001, it's felt like an age since our last bite of the Jurassic world. And 2015's Jurassic World jogged the memory just right.

 

While missing the understated fright of rippling water glasses and the spook that comes with hundreds of squealing raptors biting at their ankles, Jurassic World is a big-Hollywood spin on classic Jurassic traits we loved and missed.

 

After the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar is now a dino theme park, with boat loads of tourists flooding in to see the spectacle of dinosaurs brought back from extinction. But now they're hungry for something bigger and better, and the park wants to deliver with a fresh and fierce new hybrid - the Indominus Rex.

 

Jurassic World is managed by Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) - a "corporate" keen on keeping profits and investors happy. Unfortunately for her, everything goes awry when her nephews are visiting the park. Cue our sensitive hero Owen (Chris Pratt) - a raptor trainer who understands the dinosaurs, more than the tourists. The two are thrown together when catastrophe strikes.

 

Where the story may lack, it's made up with spectacular visual elements. The dinosaurs are epic, the chases are unmissable and the Jurassic-factor is still there in spades.

 

This film is big. The frights, the creatures, the shocks - it's a sure-fire blockbuster with all the edge-of-your-seat Jaws /King Kong / Jurassic Park-esque action. Dallas Howard and Pratt are always an entertaining watch, and hopefully we see more depth and backstory to their characters in the next instalment.

 

It's nostalgic and new all wrapped up in a dino-sized disaster. Buckle your seat belts and settle in for this fun sequel.

★★★

Jurassic World is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4KHD, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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