Movie review: Jurassic Park (1993)

Like many people, from a young age I have always been intrigued by dinosaurs. Their sheer size, power and majesty, alongside the fact that they don’t exist anymore is tantalising, and it is this fascination that Jurassic Park taps into.

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) is the billionaire CEO of InGen, and he has pioneered the process of extracting dinosaur DNA from fossilised amber in order to bring dinosaurs back to life. After building a theme park around his living attractions, investors demand experts visit the park in order to certify its safety before it can be opened to the public.

Accordingly, Hammond approaches palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), both experts in their fields, and invites them to visit and endorse his creation. Alongside mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) they make their way to Jurassic Park, located off the coast of Costa Rica on the tropical Isla Nublar.

However an inside plot to steal dinosaur embryos compromises the parks safety, allowing the terrifying animals (including the highly intelligent Velociraptor and the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex) to roam free of their paddocks. The small group are then faced with the huge challenge of finding their way safely off of the island before it is too late.

The computer animation of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park is the first of its kind. Previously filmmakers had employed the use of time consuming stop-motion animation to achieve the exact movements that they wanted, however the advances in technology allowed them to create some of the most life like dinosaurs ever seen on the big screen. And not only do they look amazing, but they also give a performance: They act and react with the live action actors, giving even more credibility to what the audience actually sees.

Jurassic Park is a fantastic, exciting, scary rollercoaster of a movie from start to finish, and despite its outward appearance of being a more ‘boyish’ movie; it is undoubtedly one that can be enjoyed by all the family.

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