June 27, 2015

Movie : Jurassic World (2015)

Filed under: Hollywood Movies — Tags: , , , , — krishnafromtoronto @ 4:54 pm

imageThis one was a grosser that broke all records, but the critics did not love it. The general consensus seemed to be – the graphics are better than ever, but it does not move the story forward. The same old thing you have seen in the previous Jurassic Park movies, so what else is new?

So who is right? Is it a great movie or is it the same old wine in a new bottle?

This is the way I see it : If you expect to see something positively new – yes, you will be disappointed. But if your only aim is to have a rollicking good time and not to worry about what ‘new’ twists the movie brings – and there are some of these too, as we will see later – then it is a darn good movie and is worth a visit.

The story is very simple.  Jurassic World opens after twenty two years after the closure of Jurassic Park (featured in the first movie with an excellent portrayal by Richard Attenborough, which was released in 1993, yes, twenty two years ago). The operations manager of the park is Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard, adequately if unspectacularly ). She is an ambitious lady and when her nephews Zach and Gray turn up as visitors, palms them off to her assistant Zara because she is too busy to spare time.

This park, though, has been in operation for close to ten years, and the excitement caused by the dinosaurs seems to have palled, and the crowd wants more. So, in order to keep the excitement up and to ensure that the money keeps pouring in, they engage scientists’ proficient with gene splicing technology to invent new dinosaurs to keep the interest up. Their latest and proud production is Indominus Rex, which has been kept in isolation with the greatest secrecy, and is about to be unveiled soon, to hopefully thunderous applause.

There are also sea monsters like Mosasaur, which is kept for a Sea World like exhibition, where it comes and grabs a giant chunk of meat from a crane suspended above a vast aquarium.

The entrepreneur who owns the whole show is Simon Masrani (played by the Bollywood actor Irfan Khan).

There is the expert Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who is brought in to evaluate if the glass cases on one side of the Indominus Rex enclosure is firm enough for it. He disapproves of many things done in the creation of the new monster, including the isolation.

He seems to have a relationship with the velociraptors who are under his keep, and they consider him as one of them and also alpha male to boot and obey him – to the extent that these wild creatures can obey anyone.

Well, the story is about how Indominus Rex tricks them into letting it escape and how the chaos escalates when Rex breaks through several enclosures housing other creatures like the winged dinosaurs like pterosaurs. (How many of them are modelled on real dinosaurs and how many are imaginary? I wondered too. That is what Google is there for! I looked it up. Apparently, all the dinosaurs except the manufactured ones are modelled on real dinosaurs that existed, Nice.)

You see a lot of originally shown dinosaurs like the long necked, vegetarian Apatosaurus and also the probably most well-known of them all : Stegosaurus on the herbivorous side and the great Tyrannosaurus Rex on the carnivorous side.

The visuals are fantastic and are very well done. The battles and destruction are nice. The new modes of transport including the cool, ball like bubble car are good.

But there is a lot of predictable rubbish as well : the boys go recklessly into areas where they are not supposed to go, even after hearing the evacuation orders. Their surprise at the attacking Indominus Rex is comical rather than terrifying. The ditz of a secretary lets the boys go easily so that they can wander all over the park in a vehicle.

The vehicles are driven by the tourists, with no one else to control it, even when they are wandering among dangerous animals like dinosaurs. (Even the herbivores can trample one by mistake, can they not? )  Once you are into one vehicle that is it. It is free for all for you, you can go anywhere you please.

And of course, amid the death and destruction where dozens of people are killed every minute, the two boys and the two main characters escape not once but multiple times by the skin of their teeth and keep going.

Not enough nonsense? There is an evil guy with an evil plot. You wonder what the evil plot is? Simple: Use the velociraptors in a military setting so that US has a tremendous advantage over the enemies. What do you do when the sensible ones stop your evil plan? Steal them of course. Guess how he dies finally? No prizes for guessing that one!

In spite of all the silliness, it is a very satisfying end enjoyable movie. None of the scenes are wasted. The velociraptors, Owens relationship with them, the Sea World like display of Mosasaur all come together towards the end of the movie, which is nice.

If you see it with the right mindset, like I did, I think you will agree that it deserves a 6/10

– – Krishna


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