Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is a 1993 science-fiction thriller distributed by Universal Pictures.  It stars Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, Richard Attenborough as John Hammond, and Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry.  The producers are Kathleen Kennedy and Michael Crichton.  Steven Spielberg directs.

Billionaire entrepeneur John Hammond has created a theme park on a secluded island with real dinosaurs.  Their DNA had been extracted from mosquitoes stuck in fossilized amber.  After an accident in which a worker is killed by a raptor, Hammond’s lawyer requests that experts come take a look at the park and sign off, saying that it is indeed safe for the public.  He personally invites Dr. Alan Grant, a well-known paleontologist, and Dr. Ellie Sattler, Grant’s graduate student and paleobotanist.  Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician, is also asked to come along.  Later on, Hammond’s grandchildren, Lex and Tim, join the group.  But Dennis Nedry, a disgruntled employee and creator of Jurassic Park’s elaborate computer security system, is paid a huge sum of money by a competitor to steal fertilized dinosaur embryos.  But, in order to do that and avoid getting caught, Nedry must shut down the park’s security cameras and electric fences.  The fences are what keep the dinosaurs from escaping their areas.  With them shut down, they can roam free and wreak havoc on the park and its visitors.

Those of you who have read my other reviews know I’m not a big fan of computer animation in cinema.  But, Jurassic Park actually did a pretty decent job with it, especially with the nighttime and indoor shots!  The dinosaurs did look like they were actually there.  They didn’t look like they had been placed in there after production, like they do with most other films that rely heavily on animation.  The t-rex and the raptors were the most impressive!

One thing in this film that I didn’t care for was the tension buildup with the raptors.  We don’t get our first full look at a raptor until about the last forty minutes of the film.  We see the opening scene where the worker is attacked by the raptor and we get a sense of their viciousness.  Then, we witness the feeding of the raptors, which further solidifies our belief that these animals are not to be messed with.  But, after that, we don’t hear from them again until they finally get out of their compound in the final scenes of the film.  I do like the way the story built these creatures up as being so cruel, but you can’t really have that kind of a buildup and then leave the subject for the next hour because, by then, the tension has mostly passed.

To wrap, Jurassic Park is a classic sci-fi flick with more than its share of suspense and thrills and is, I think, worth seeing!

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