Jurassic Park 3D (2013) Review
Easily one of the best films of my childhood and this past weekend I got to see it again in IMAX 3D making me one happy customer. The film is just as great as ever and as I was only 0.4 when this was in theatre’s I never saw it on the big screen and now seeing it in the biggest screen there is I had a real blast. The visuals have aged really well and I did fear an IMAX screen may show more flaws but they did a great job converting the film. The story is a classic now and will always be well remembered for its great story telling and thrilling adventure from start to end. The Characters and dialogue are so memorable and as I always say I like to walk out of a film screening quoting everything! And that’s what you will be doing if you go see it again. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film (WHO?!), leave any comments below; if you have seen the film I will look forward to hearing your thoughts.
“If I may… Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it!”
The film follows two dinosaur experts — Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler Laura Dern) — as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from pre-historic insects, Hammond has been able to create living dinosaurs for his new Jurassic Park, an immense animal preserve housing real brachiosaurs, dilophosaurs, triceratops, velociraptors, and a Tyrannosaur Rex. Accompanied by cynical scientist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who is obsessed with chaos theory, and Hammond’s two grandchildren (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello), they are sent on a tour through Hammond’s new resort in computer controlled touring cars. But as a tropical storm hits the island, knocking out the power supply, and an unscrupulous employee (Wayne Knight) sabotages the system so that he can smuggle dinosaur embryos out of the park, the dinosaurs start to rage out of control. Grant then has to bring Hammond’s grandchildren back to safety as the group is pursued by the gigantic man-eating beasts.
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The great thing about Jurassic Park is how easily this could have been a terrible film, but by pure talent and luck this film was made classic. The story is based on a book by Michael Crichton but I have read that and this is quite different, the basic plot is the same but the film had a lot more action adventure and adapting to the big screen isn’t easy so to create a film so well paced and fun is a rare trick to pull off. The acting and characters are a little tricky as some are okay but others are brilliant and as a character study we have a lot of unique characters to see. The characters, especially John Hammond and all the doctors have some brilliantly fun dialogue and some real emotional ones too.
My favourite character scenes include John Hammons talk about building something that was real and not trickery, Dr Grant with the kids after he saved them which is a scene I wouldn’t normally like but it’s really a sweet moment, and the lunch scene as Dr. Malcolm explains his fears over what he sees in the park (the quote from the beginning says most of it).
John Hammond: “You know the first attraction I ever built when I came down south from Scotland? It was a Flea Circus, Petticoat Lane. Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go… carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. ‘Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can’t you see the fleas?’ Clown fleas and high wire fleas and fleas on parade… But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn’t an illusion. Something that was real, something that they could see and touch. An aim not devoid of merit.”
You cannot be a science fiction fan without accepting this film as one of the best; I mean come on freaking Dinosaurs people! The science fiction we have here is cloning and futuristic theme park with dinosaurs! Make it happen science. They fully captured what a park like that would look like and how it might work, I only wish that number IV shows a fully working park because I think that will be really cool. How should we treat technological advances with kid gloves or jump right in? I say jump right in, totally not the message of the film but let’s face it I’ll be sacrificing four lives in exchange for us having dinosaurs.
It’s hard to believe that this film was made 20 years ago, it must be one of the best examples of visual effects holding up to the test of time. Look at the T-Rex scene and the velociraptors they look great! And the best part is that they aren’t even fleeting shots, we get to see loads of them and they were thrilling to watch because they looked so real as they chased the actors. My personal favourite in visual terms was the excellent T-Rex escape from its paddock, the water tremor, the claw on the fence and then the epic RAOR!!!
The best reviews I found would be these:
“The effects have barely aged and the joy is timeless. Take a child who’s never seen it and watch their imagination expand before your eyes.” Empire Magazine. Full Review
“Some things have dated – Sam Jackson wouldn’t be allowed to smoke in the office; everyone would have mobiles; Google Earth would have kept the island from being kept a secret – but the power of the film’s pioneering CGI remain strangely undiminished.” 3AW. Full Review
“The film is a classic and the chance to see it on the big screen again (or for the first time) should not be missed” Media Mikes. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be “When you gotta go. You got to go” Haha no I really enjoy the Raptors in the kitchen hunting the children; it’s scary and insanely fun with great choreography. I get Goosebumps when I see the big claw taping on the ground, love that stuff.