“Jurassic World” was co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow in his first big budget film. This is the 4th film in the “Jurassic Park” series but the first film in Universal’s planned trilogy. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson & Omar Sy. BD Wong reprises his character from the 1993 film and is the only one to do so until Jeff Goldblum in the 2018 sequel, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. After 2001’s “Jurassic Park III” was a massive disappointment, Universal planned for the 4th film to hit their intended 2005 release but after years of going through “development hell” & several rewrites to the script, it wasn’t until 2013 that the film actually went into production.

22 years after the events of the first film, a new park is up & running on the exact same island, Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica. The new owner, Simon Masrani (Khan), has taken over from the recently departed John Hammond. The park’s operating manager, Claire Dearing (Howard), is hoping unveil a new dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex but to ensure the park’s safety, she must enlists the help of former Navy officer, Owen Grady (Pratt). Owen was brought to help breed the new batch of velociraptors & after having huge success is feeling some pressure from Vic Hoskins (D’Onofrio), the head of InGen security to use the raptors as military hardware. Along with Claire, are her 2 nephews, Zach (Robinson) & Grey (Simpkins) who enjoy their time VIP guests in park. Dr. Henry Wu (Wong) is aware of all the Indominus’ characteristics but after it shields itself from thermal technology, management starts to become a little worried. That worry turns to absolute fear when the Indominus breaks out begins killing the security team, park operators and almost Owen. With the Indominus loose, Claire must take the boys to safety while Owen and his partner, Barry (Sy), must figure out how to bring down the new Rex while also trying stop Hoskins & InGen from making much worse with their primitive approach.

As I mentioned earlier, Jurassic Park III was a massive disappointment. Thankfully, Jurassic World had regained the excitement that the first 2 films bought. This was a great film with amazing visuals & a solid story line. Chris Pratt definitely give a great performance. He really captures the elements of both danger & adventure. Bryce Dallas Howard gives a solid performance but her character comes across as a bit over baring but I do believe that comes from Howard herself rather the writing or script.Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance is very over the top  and cartoonish. As the villain, he seemed generic and bland. The side story with the 2 boys really slows down the pacing and totally drags. Don’t get me wrong, their performances are pretty good but honestly the movie would’ve been better minus their side story.

Overall, this was a great movie with amazing visuals. This film revitalized the franchise and gave hope for the future installments. Solid performances from the 2 leads and somewhat of an solid script. The series continued in 2018 with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” which saw Pratt, Howard & Wong all return to their respected roles. Colin Trevorrow would returns only as the writer. Pratt was coming off his 2014 success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his role as “Star Lord / Peter Quill” in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as its 2017 sequel not mention 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” & 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame”. Bryce Dallas Howard would appear in other films such as 2016’s “Gold” & Disney’s live action version of “Pete’s Dragon”. Trevorrow, Pratt, Howard & Wong are set to appear in the sixth installment of franchise, “Jurassic World: Dominion” in 2021. Other franchise alum are also set to return such as Sam Neil & Laura Dern as well as Jeff Goldblum who made an appearance in Fallen Kingdom.