“Jurassic World is a Metaphor for How Hollywood Does Business”
Jurassic World gives us the park that Dr. John Hammond tried to make a reality when Jurassic Park opened its doors in 1993.Thanks to Dennis Nedry, there was a power outage and InGen had to shut it down. Things have changed in the last 22 years, including the technology for visual effects artists. With no Jurassic Park, who knows what Hollywood films would be like right now. Now, the promise of the original film sees the park come to life in 2015.
Based on characters created by the late Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg takes the executive producer’s seat as award-winning director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) gives us the next action-adventure in the Jurassic Park series. The first installment since 2001’s Jurassic Park 3 is based on a story by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, with a screenplay written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. Lauren Lapkus and Jake Johnson help plays the roles of comic relief.
Jurassic World, unlike its predecessors, is now a completely operational luxury resort hosting tens of thousands of tourists as they interact with some of the most amazing prehistoric animals to have roamed the planet. It’s John Hammond’s dream fully realized. Unfortunately, the powers that be did not dedicate the film to the actor that portrayed him, Richard Attenborough, nor did they dedicate it in memory of Stan Winston.
Overseeing the park is the career-driven Claire (Howard), who has no time to deal with either of her nephews, Zach (Robinson) and Gray (Simpkins), visiting the park for the weekend. She gives them passes, by way of an assistant, and off they go to explore the park.
Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) is back in the creation lab and now working for the park’s benefactor, Simon Masrani (Khan). This is where the Hollywood metaphor comes into realization. The park needs to be invigorated and show off a new attraction that will drive tourists to visit. Dr. Wu genetically modifies a dinosaur that all we know is part T-Rex. Known as Indominus Rex, this secretive new breed has killed its sibling and now lives in isolation.
Claire calls upon Owen (Pratt) to asses the security of the paddock. Owen is an ex-military expert, that now trains a pack of Veliciraptors. He has an established an alpha relationship with animals that would otherwise eat him for dinner! (They went on a couple of dates, but things didn’t ever work out between them). These raptors will come into play later because it wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park film without them playing a key role.Owen (CHRIS PRATT) leads the raptors on a mission in “Jurassic World”. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking “Jurassic Park” series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure, and Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
Just as it’s not a Jurassic Park film without raptors, it wouldn’t be a film without something going haywire. The genes used to modify the Indominus Rex help the hybrid escape out of its surroundings. This places the lives of everyone on the island in danger, including Zach and Gray. For Claire, the lives of her nephews are the only ones that matter the most and she calls upon Owen for help, as the park descends into mayhem. With threats from the air and water, nobody is safe.
“Jurassic World is almost like seeing Jurassic Park come true,” said executive producer Steven Spielberg. “We wanted to fulfill this dream in Jurassic World: to have a truly working theme park that is devoted to this miracle of creating dinosaurs from DNA. This is the realization of Michael Crichton’s dream, which then transferred to John Hammond’s dream. This, hopefully, becomes the dream that the audiences have always wanted to see.”
It is a dream that is beautifully translated on screen. By using a fully realized park as the anchor to the movie, it has made it worth the 14 year wait. Jurassic World is a film that contains the same magic that Jurassic Park had. It’s this same magic that reminds me why I chose to pursue a career in the film industry.