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Movie Review – Jurassic World (2015)

Released to the theaters this weekend is Jurassic World, the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Back in 1993, Jurassic Park ruled the theaters with its story involving a high-tech theme park filled with dinosaurs brought back to life through advanced technology.  This was followed by The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, and then Jurassic Park III in 2001.

And now, after waiting fourteen years, the next Jurassic Park film has finally been released.

Enter Jurassic World.

Jurassic World (2015) - movie poster

Jurassic World (2015) – movie poster

Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D’Onofrio, Jurassic World goes back to the franchise’s roots and returns us to the original ideas set in Jurassic Park.  A new team has taken over John Hammond’s operations and the theme park (now named Jurassic World) is open to the public.  New dinosaur attractions have been added over the years, and now it’s time to open another one.  The latest creation, a hybrid dinosaur named Indominus rex, is guaranteed to terrify the visitors and boost the audiences at the theme park.  Of course, you know what happens next . . .

Jurassic World begins with two brothers, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) at their home.  Although Gary is still young, he has a keen interest in dinosaurs and science.  His older brother Zach is more interested in girls, and he’s practically counting down the days until he can move out of his parents’ house and live on his own.  Their parents need some time alone to sort out their own problems, so they send the boys on a vacation to Jurassic World.  The boys’ Aunt Claire happens to work at the dinosaur theme park, and she’s going to look after them and give them a personal tour of the place.

Zach and Gray catch an international flight to Costa Rica, and then they board a high-speed ferry with other guests bound for Isla Nublar, a.k.a. Jurassic World.  After that they board a monorail that takes them through the famous Jurassic Park gate and ultimately to the visitors’ complex.  While Gray is excited to see the dinosaurs, Zach is more interested in looking at the young ladies. Read more…

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Book Review – Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park”

One of my all-time favorite novels is Michael Crichton’s dinosaur-themed adventure story, Jurassic Park.

I first read the book in college.  Since then, I’ll usually read the story again once every couple of years.  It’s just that good of a story.

Michael Crichton --- Jurassic Park

The story begins with mysterious animal attacks in the jungles of Costa Rica.  It seems that a small, lizard-like creature has been blamed for attacking a few people.  Something that almost seems like it should be . . . extinct.

Meanwhile, billionaire John Hammond, founder and CEO of International Genetic Technologies (InGen), is bringing in experts to take a tour of his new biological preserve / theme park established on Isla Nublar, an island about 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica.  He needs these people to evaluate his park and give their approval before it opens to the general public.

After all, his park is like nothing the world has ever experienced.  InGen has cloned and brought back living dinosaurs.  Those experts and top minds are Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist, Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist, Dr. Ian Malcom, a mathematician, and Donald Gennaro, a lawyer.  And just to make things interesting, also included are John Hammond’s grandkids, Lex and Tim.

Upon arrival at Jurassic Park, the gang is shown a tour of the facility.  Some of the stops include laboratories where the dinosaurs’ DNA is examined, where the eggs are fertilized, and of course, a hatchery where the young dinosaurs are born.

What makes Crichton’s novel so interesting is that he’s using what seem to be sound scientific concepts to bring the dinosaurs back to life.  The dinosaur DNA is extracted from mosquitoes fossilized in amber millions of years ago.  The gaps in the DNA’s code is complete with frog DNA.  And in the end, the DNA is inserted into an egg which ultimately becomes a living dinosaur.  Tinkering with the DNA’s code allows the InGen scientists to control the sex of the dinosaur, essentially making them all female.  The thought is that if they’re all female, then there would not be any unauthorized breeding outside of the compound. Read more…

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Movie Review – Jurassic Park III (2001)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the first sequel to 1993′s Jurassic Park, was a smash hit in the theaters.

The film’s opening weekend set all kinds of box office records.  Even though it received mixed reviews, the film was a hit and the audiences were craving more of the dinosaur films.  That’s where our third installment of the Jurassic Park series comes into play.

Released in 2001, Jurassic Park III brings Dr. Alan Grant back into the dinosaur franchise.  This time Dr. Grant is part of a disguised rescue mission for a 12-year-old boy who went missing while parasailing off the coast of Isla Sorna.  The rescue mission brings Dr. Grant along with a cast of new characters onto the tropical island filled with predatory dinosaurs.  Jurassic Park III shows us some familiar dinosaurs as well as introducing us to a much bigger predator and newer concepts for an older foe.

Jurassic Park III (2001) - movie poster

Jurassic Park III was directed by Joe Johnston, and Steven Spielberg was an executive producer for the film.  Don Davis provided the musical score this time around while including some of the famous theme originally created by John WilliamsJurassic Park III stars Sam Neill in the title role of Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist who survived from Isla Nublar.  Also starring in the film are William H. Macy as Paul Kirby, and Tea Leoni as Paul’s ex-wife, Amanda Kirby.

Supporting them are Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan, one of Dr. Grant’s graduate students, and Trevor Morgan as Erik Kirby, the 12-year-old son of Paul and Amanda.  Laura Dern has a small role reprising her character Dr. Ellie Sattler, now Ellie Degler.  She’s married now with a young child.

Jurassic Park III (2001) - It began with a parasailling adventure near Isla Sorna.

Jurassic Park III (2001) – (c) Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park III begins with a small chartered boat sailing close to Isla Sorna, now a protected wildlife refuge.  People are well aware of the dinosaurs living on the island, but strict government regulations prohibit anybody from setting foot or getting too close to the island or its deadly inhabitants.

On board the small boat are Ben Hildebrand (Mark Harelik) and 12-year-old Erik Kirby (Trevor Morgan).  We don’t know it at the time, but Ben Hildebrand is currently dating Erik Kirby’s mother, Amanda.  The two of them hook into a parachute and then go parasailing while being pulled behind the boat, flying high over the water.

Ben and Erik are looking for dinosaurs, but they can’t see any from their vantage point.  Meanwhile, the small boat drives into a small fog bank.  Suddenly something goes wrong and Ben and Erik are tugged towards the boat.  When the boat emerges from the fog they see that it’s heavily damaged and covered in blood.  The crew is missing.

Unmanned by a crew, the boat is still speeding ahead at full speed.  Ahead in its path are a bunch of exposed rocks.  Erik is concerned that they’re going to crash, but Ben manages to unhook the rope connecting them to the boat.  As the boat crashes the two of them safely fly the parasail to Isla Sorna. Read more…

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Movie Review – The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Back in 1993 the audience was blown away with Jurassic Park, a film that brought dinosaurs back to life and placed them in a remote and technologically advanced theme park.

The film was a smash hit and director Steven Spielberg urged author Michael Crichton to write a sequel to Jurassic Park, the book that inspired the film.  Originally Crichton was against the idea of writing a sequel, but the immense popularity of the film helped convince him to continue the story.  Michael Crichton’s The Lost World was published in 1995, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released to the movie theaters in 1997.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park takes place several years after the events in Jurassic Park.  John Hammond has lost control of InGen to the board of directors.  He knows that the board is going to commercialize the dinosaurs, so he sends a small team to the island to document and catalogue the dinosaurs and use public opinion to put pressure against InGen.  Of course, things go wrong, and the last part of the film is more of a classic monster movie as a lone Tyrannosaurus rex terrorizes the city of San Diego.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) - movie poster

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Lost World: Jurassic Park also features the return of Academy Award-winning music composer John WilliamsJeff Goldblum returns as Dr. Ian Malcolm, and this time he’s the star of the film.  Starring with him is Julianne Moore as Sarah Harding, a paleontologist and Malcolm’s girlfriend.  The film also features Pete Postlethwaite as Roland Tembo, a professional hunter, and Arliss Howard playing the role of Peter Ludlow, Mr. Hammond’s nephew and the new leader of InGen.

Supporting them are Vince Vaughn as documentary producer Nick Van Owen, Peter Stormare as Dieter Stark, Vanessa Lee Chester as Dr. Malcolm’s daughter, Kelly Curtis, and Thomas F. Duffy as Dr. Robert Burke, a paloentologist working with InGen’s team.  Richard Attenborough returns in the role of John Hammond.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) - Cathy feeds some roast beef to a Compsognathus.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – (c) Universal Pictures

The Lost World: Jurassic Park begins on Isla Sorna, an island 87 miles southwest of Isla Nublar, the island that housed the biological theme park in Jurassic Park.  A wealthy British family has decided to make the isolated tropical beaches of Isla Sorna as their private getaway.  As they prepare to enjoy their lunch, the family’s daughter, Cathy, takes a sandwich and wanders away.  She stumbles upon a lone compsognathus.  The tiny dinosaur isn’t much of a threat and amuses the girl more than frightening her.  This encounter takes a turn for the worse when more compies arrive and quickly swarm the girl.  She screams in terror and her family comes to the rescue.

The film cuts to Dr. Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) arriving at the house of John Hammond.  He’s greeted by Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello), but they are unaware as to why their grandfather wants to meet with Dr. Malcolm.  Malcolm then meets with Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard), the new leader of InGen, the genetics company that cracked the genetic code for bringing dinosaurs back to life.  Ludlow isn’t pleased with seeing Dr. Malcolm as Ian went public after the disaster back on Isla Nublar and published a personal account of what happened on the island.  This lead to much disbelief and destroyed Malcolm’s academic reputation. Read more…

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Movie Review – Jurassic Park (1993)

“An Adventure 65 Millions Years In The Making.”

That’s the tag line for the film that not only revolutionized the way that dinosaur-themed movies were created, but it raised the bar for thrilling and adventure films as well.

Released in June of 1993, Jurassic Park is based on the hit novel of the same name by Michael CrichtonJurassic Park tells an intriguing tale of genetics and a seemingly good idea gone horribly wrong.  Scientists have cracked the genetic code and brought dinosaurs back to life for an exotic theme park on an exclusive island.  When a tropical storm hits the island and a greedy worker commits some sabotage to fatten his bank account, the dinosaurs escape from their enclosures.  It’s a fight for survival as distinguished guests touring the island have to reach a rescue helicopter while dealing with the elements and hungry dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park (1993) - movie poster

Jurassic Park was directed by Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, and given a legendary music score by John Williams.  The film stars Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, a famous paleontologist invited to the island to hopefully endorse the soon-to-open theme park.  Joining him is Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist and cery close friend to Dr. Grant.  Richard Attenborough plays the role of Mr. John Hammond, the eccentric billionaire who dreams of bringing dinosaurs back to life and sharing that experience with the world.

Supporting them are Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Iam Malcom, a mathematician who uses chaos theory to predict the doomed outcome of the theme park.  Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello play the roles of Lex and Tim Murphy, Mr. Hammond’s grandchildren.  Bob Peck has the role of Robert Muldoon, the park’s game warden.  Martin Ferrero is Donald Gennaro, a lawyer investigating if the park is safe for both workers and visitors.  Wayne Knight plays the role of Dennis Nedry, a computer engineer who later sabotages the control center.  Samuel L. Jackson is Ray Arnold, the park’s chief computer engineer.

Jurassic Park (1993) - Transferring a new velociraptor into its secure enclosure.

Jurassic Park (1993) – (c) Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park begins late at night on Isla Nublar, a remote island located 120 miles west of Costa Rica.  Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck) is leading a team of workers transferring a dangerous animal into a secure enclosure.  As we can see, the animal handlers are heavily armed with tasers and shotguns.  The heavy crate is moved into position, but when the gate is lifted we see a dinosaur ram the enclosure and knock it backwards.  Workers scramble to subdue the dinosaur as it grabs the gate keeper.  The velociraptor maintains its grip and ultimately kills the gate keeper.

The film then switches to the Mano de Dios amber mine in the Dominican Republic.  Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) is there to meet with Juanito Rostagno (Miguel Sandoval), the proprietor of the amber mine.  Junaito explains that Mr. Hammond is unable to be there in person as his daughter is currently going through a divorce.  Donald Gennaro is a lawyer sent to investigate the safety of the secret island project where a worker was killed a few days ago.  Inside of the amber mine we see that the miners have found what appears to be an ancient mosquito in a fossilized piece of amber.  Exactly why this is so important we don’t yet know. Read more…

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Welcome to Jurassic Park

As most of you theme park fans should know, Universal Studios Singapore opened a few days ago.

From what I’ve seen of the concept artwork and a few videos, this latest Universal park looks nothing but spectacular!

Having a Jurassic Park water ride in a Universal theme park is a necessity, like having a Space Mountain ride in a Disney park.  It’s a signature ride and the fans would be deeply disappointed if it’s not included in the latest and greatest version of the park.

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Universal Studios Singapore does have a Jurassic Park boat ride, but unlike the river adventures at Universal Studios Hollywood, Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan, this new version of the ride is a river rapids ride! Read more…

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