“Jurassic Park” was directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp and is based the novel of the same which was also written by Crichton. The film stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Bob Peck, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello & Richard Attenborough. After Crichton’s novel was released, bids from major film studios came in to acquire the rights to the story. Eventually the right went to Spielberg and Universal which later turn into one of the most successful film franchises of all time.
A wealthy businessman, John Hammond (Attenborough) has created a new theme park on an island off the cost of Costa Rica, Isla Nublar, which is inhabited by real life dinosaurs that have been brought back to life through cloning technology and genetic engineering. However, after the accidental death of worker, Hammond’s company, InGen, and their investors, have give their lawyer, Donald Gennaro (Ferrero) the task of getting a group of experts to endorse the park before it can open to the public. Hammond takes the group consisting of Gennaro, paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Neill), paleobotanst Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern) and chaos theorist and mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcom (Goldblum) to the park. The group is later join by Hammond’s grandchildren, Lex and Tim Murphy (Richards & Mazzello). The doctors meet the Chief Geneticist, Dr. Henry Wu (Wong), to discuss the process of being the dinosaurs to life and the game warden, Robert Muldoon (Peck) on the behavior pattern of the deadly velociraptors. The head of control is Ray Arnold (Jackson) and lead programmer, Dennis Nedry (Knight). Nedry, who feels unappreciated and underpaid, takes a bribe from another company to steal Dino embryos from the park. His plan was to shut off the power as he makes his escape but he gets lost on the island and leaves the power for too long, allowing the dinosaurs to escape their protected paddocks. After a T-Rex attack the group, killing Gennaro and injuring Malcolm, it leaves Grant, Lex and Tim to wonder the park trying to get back to the control room and call for help while the others try to restore the power.
Back in 1993, this film groundbreaking and far ahead of time as far as visuals go. We hadn’t seen anything like this. The beautiful blend of amazing CGI with incredible cinematography made this film an instant classic and one greatest films of all time. This was a great film from beginning to end, great acting, storytelling and of course the visuals that still hold up today.
Overall, the success of the film sparked interest for a sequel which Crichton had already written. While the next films didn’t have that same magic the first one did, they generated more interest and excitement for the next installments. In 1997, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” was released, followed by 2001’s “Jurassic Park III”. It would be 14 years before another sequel would be released as in 2014 “Jurassic World” came out and then 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” would be released. There is a 5th film coming out titled “Jurassic World: Dominion” which is slated for a 2021 release.