Jurassic Park Review
by E. Stevens
***** 5 Stars
‘One of the most impressive features of Jurassic Park is the special effects. Despite the film being made in 1993, almost all of the dinosaurs look reasonably realistic, an impressive feat considering how rapidly technology has improved over the years.’
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern & Jeff Goldblum
Plot Synopsis: John Hammond opens a unique wildlife park that has brought dinosaurs back to life. However, when the security system breaks down, the dinosaurs are let loose and chaos ensues.
This film is an extremely well-loved classic for a reason. The amazing acting and various beautiful shots combined with the iconic score make for a near-perfect movie.
The story follows palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant who is introduced to John Hammond and his brand new wildlife park. But there is one thing that makes this park different: it contains real, breathing dinosaurs. Grant soon learns how these giant reptiles were brought back to life; their DNA was extracted from mosquitoes preserved in amber. Hammond then offers to take Grant, lawyer Donald Gennaro, paleobotanist Dr Ellie Sattler, chaos theorist Ian Malcolm and his two grandchildren Tim and Lex on a tour of the island. However Hammond remains behind in the control room to oversee the journey. The group doesn’t see the dinosaurs at first, and soon the tour is cut short due to a tropical storm. Meanwhile, lead computer programmer Dennis Nedry sabotages the security system in order to steal dinosaur embryos for a rival company. The tour group are stranded in front of the Tyrannosaurus Rex section, and as the power has gone out, the various dinosaurs escape and wreak havoc across the park.
Spielberg is truly at his best in this film. One of the most impressive features of Jurassic Park is the special effects. Despite the film being made in 1993, almost all of the dinosaurs look reasonably realistic, an impressive feat considering how rapidly technology has improved over the years. What makes this even more remarkable is that the dinosaurs appear in the majority of scenes. Spielberg doesn’t just rely on suspense (as seen in Jaws), but instead risks frequent use of special effects that could be in danger of looking outdated in the future. However, in my opinion, this was a risk that paid off, as this is a film that I believe will stand the test of time.
Jurassic Park is currently available on Prime Video and was rated PG by the BBFC.