Jurassic World - Film Review

'Jurassic World' went on general release today.
'Jurassic World' went on general release today.

If you apply the concept of natural selection to ‘Jurassic World’ it would be fair to say that it will soon find itself on the endangered species list.

Given the fact it’s been 22 years since the spellbinding ‘Jurassic Park’ was released I would have thought that the plot, script, special effects and quality of acting would have evolved into something memorable in ‘Jurassic World’. Sadly, I was mistaken.

‘Jurassic World’ is directed badly by Colin Trevorrow (‘Safety Not Guaranteed’). Trevorrow stutters and stumbles his way through two hours plus of some of the worst dialogue I have ever heard inside a cinema. A few weeks ago I lambasted ‘San Andreas’ for its God awful script but some of the lines in ‘Jurassic World’ make Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s film feel almost Shakespearean.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard take on the lead roles and both are talented actors. Pratt was superb in last year’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and I thought Dallas Howard was top class in ‘The Help’ but in this instance they are let down by an appalling script.

Penned by ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ scriptwriters, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the film’s plot is just a big mess.

Some of the film’s plot holes are so grand a seven tonne Tyrannosaurus Rex would have no problem getting through.

At the centre of the film are two young brothers played by Nick Robinson (not the BBC’s politics editor) and Ty Simpkins. They are an obvious throwback to the brilliant brother and sister characters from 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park’.

I found the brothers, Gray and Zach, to be so annoying that I was willing a meat-eating dinosaur to eat them up.

The unquestionably talented Vincent D’Onofrio (‘The Judge’ and ‘Run All Night’) plays an unscrupulous military man who wants to weaponise some of the park’s dinosaurs. Yes. That’s right. You heard me. He wants to weaponise Velociraptors for the US government.

Obviously when it comes to a film about a dinosaur theme park off the coast of Costa Rica, it requires the viewer to suspend a certain level of disbelief but to ask for a total surrender is just ridiculous.

Penned by ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ scriptwriters, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the film’s plot is just a big mess

Andrew Quinn - Derry Journal film critic

A hybrid dinosaur called an Indominus Rex wreaks havoc on the island when it escapes from its compound, Velociraptors are used like a pack of hunting dogs and despite wearing high heels, Bryce Dallas Howard manages to outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex - the list of irksome contrivances goes on.

There are also countless references to the previous three films. The references are so frequent that they soon become as subtle as heard of Stegosaurus in St. Columb’s Park.

There are some entertaining and mildly humorous moments but unfortunately ‘Jurassic World’ feels more like a movie on the edge of extinction than one ready to thrive.

That sound you hear is both the late Richard Attenborough and Jurassic Park author, Michael Crichton spinning in their graves.

VERDICT: 2/5 - I, like everyone else, get excited when Hollywood decides to relaunch a franchise that brought so much joy in years gone by. Sadly, ‘Jurassic World’ does not come close to attaining the magic of ‘Jurassic Park’. There are mild moments of entertainment and humour but the vast majority of this film is flat and the special effects really lack the WOW factor. The script is utter nonsense and the constant hat tipping to past glories becomes weary. A sequel will follow. God help us.