Do you think he saw us?
Hoyts Melbourne Central - Saturday 12 June 2015, 12:45pm (Lux)
Hoyts Highpoint - Sunday 13 June 2015, 1:30pm (IMAX 3D)
Running time: 124m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Violence)
Release date: 11/06/15
Cost: $29.50* (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 8/10 (ME 4/5, DP 4/5)
Welcome back to Isla Nublar, home of genetically recreated dinosaurs in Jurassic World. This time around the plans for a theme park have been realised and the tourists are flocking to see the amazing exhibits. However, the park is in trouble and needs to create new attractions to maintain the park’s viability. Brothers Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) have been sent by their parents to spend time with their aunty Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s manager. While there, the latest exhibit escapes its enclosure and causes havoc across the island. Dinosaur trainer (yep, try finding that job on Seek) Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) has a loyal group of Velociraptors that he’s trained (as you do) but Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) has plans to weaponise the dinosaurs with disastrous results.
Jurassic World is possibly the best film in the franchise. The theme park we were promised in the first 2 films (let's just pretend that third film didn't happen) has finally materialised and promises a world of cheesy dino-rific encounters for its visitors. The special effects are lush with both 2D and 3D versions looking amazing. Part of the thrill of the Jurassic Park films is waiting for the baddies to have their heads bitten off by dinosaurs, and fans of the franchise won't be disappointed. Vincent D'Onofrio may look like he's been eating doughnuts (and lots of them) since Law & Order: Criminal Intent was cancelled, but his grinning villain Vic is a delightful addition. B.D. Wong (is this a Law & Order reunion special?) reprises his small yet pivotal role as Dr Henry Wu from the original film.
There's a moment towards the end of the film that seems to be a careful setup for another sequel. Hopefully we see more Jurassic adventures down the track. Recommended. (ME)
* - The price has been averaged out between the two screenings. The first screening was $39 at Lux and the second screening was $30 at IMAX in 3D, although an Optus Rewards voucher brought that down to $20.
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