Jurassic World
Universal Pictures

The movie industry seems more concerned with box office records than quality film making. 

The highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Jurassic World” shattered global and U.S. box office records in its debut. But, the film is a prime example of how the action movie industry is becoming more about profit than viewer satisfaction.

As the movie begins, we learn that Jurassic Park has been reborn as the world’s premiere theme park, fittingly renamed as Jurassic World. The once infamous island off the coast of Costa Rica is now a billion dollar attraction.

The movie wastes no time establishing the main characters. There’s Zach (Nick Robinson), the typical, annoying older brother and his dinosaur-loving little brother Gray (Ty Simpkins). Their parents, in the midst of finalizing a divorce, send them to Jurassic World to visit their pretentious, workaholic Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is the park’s operations manager. Then there’s the park velociraptor trainer, Owen (Chris Pratt), who seems to be the only guy who knows how dangerous dinosaurs really are. And finally, Hoskins (Vincent d’Onofrio), the head of park security who foolishly wants to use dinosaurs in the military.

Normally, a movie will take time to establish characters and their roles in the plot. However, “Jurassic World” Director Colin Trevorrow decided that character development wasn’t so important. Within the first 20 minutes of the movie, we get a crash course in each character’s background and a good idea of how they fit into the movie’s simplistic theme: making genetically modified dinosaurs is bad!

Very little effort is put into growing the characters and their relationships. Little explanation goes into Owen’s background as a “raptor whisperer” and his implied intimate relationship with Claire.

From here, the movie is all about the hunt of the Indominus Rex, which is a genetically engineered dinosaur created to scare the heck out of people. Long story short – it breaks loose and starts eating people. During the Indominus’ rampage, we see Owen and Claire rekindle some kind of love that was briefly aforementioned, Zach suddenly becomes an admirable big brother and Hoskins falls victim to the belief that dinosaurs can be controlled.

Outside of the CGI-created dinosaurs eating everything in its tracks, the movie’s tone lacks appeal. The dialogue is dull. It’s missing the memorable punch lines and hilarious jokes present in other blockbusters (i.e. Jeff Goldblum’s “When you gotta go, you gotta go” from the first “Jurassic Park”). The character with the most personality is Lowery (Jake Johnson), the wise-guy park operator who makes witty responses about nearly everything.

Overall, the movie is insanely predictable, with just a few flashes of cinematic genius spread throughout. There aren’t many memorable moments besides an occasional laugh or “wow” here and there. If there is something else you want to see in theaters, you should take a chance on it and wait for “Jurassic World” to come out on DVD.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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