FILM REVIEW and TRAILER: Jurassic World (12A)

A scene from Jurassic World. Picture: Chris Pratt, PA Photo/Universal.
A scene from Jurassic World. Picture: Chris Pratt, PA Photo/Universal.

Action adventure starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan. Screening at Alnwick Playhouse on July 23, 24 and 30; Berwick Maltings on July 18 to 23; Seahouses Hub, summer, date tbc.

When I actually come to think of it, Jurassic World isn’t exactly anything new. It’s part of a well known franchise, the last instalment being back in 2001. However, with the improved technology and brilliant actors, this film does not disappoint.

Set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, the film focuses on the bustling tourist attraction that is Jurassic World. It shows how we as humans always want more, we can never be happy with what we have.

In the case of this film, it leads the scientists into cross-breeding dinosaurs to make a completely new, never-before-seen hybrid killer, dubbed the indominus rex, all in the hope of increased visitor ratings.

The theme is the familiar, repeated lesson of humanity not meddling with what they shouldn’t.

I knew dinos were clever, but I have yet to see one as clever as this, deliberately targeting containment habitats to release pterodactyls, or clawing at its cage wall to lure people in with the belief it has escaped.

Few other dinosaurs were featured. not entirely to be unexpected because we have seen it all before.

One worth noting however was the mosasauraus, the big snappy thing that jumps out the water and eats a shark, as seen in the film’s trailer. In total, it has about two minutes of screentime before its triumphant return at the end of the movie, one which I won’t complain about.

And of course, there are the velociraptors, those fast, lovable, lethal demons. They are not in the film so much as for their cleverness, but for their relationship with Chris Pratt’s character Owen.

When the traps were opened and the motorcycle was revved, I knew this was one of the many scenes that made me want to see Jurassic World.

All acting was well executed, with Mr Pratt being my favourite. The improved visuals, CGI for the dinosaurs, and even new methods the park uses to allow tourists to view its attractions, all make this film amazing. All-in-all, a triumphant return for the series and a film you should definitely see.

Score: 9/10

Jurassic World screens at Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, July 23, at 7.30pm; Friday, July 24, at 2pm; Thursday, July 30, at 7.30pm. Berwick Maltings on Saturday, July 18, 2.30pm; Tuesday, July 21, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Thursday, July 23, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Seahouses Hub on Saturday, July 11, at 2pm.