JURASSIC PARK (1993) 

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Sam Neill
Laura Dern
Jeff Goldblum
Arianna Richards
Joseph Mazzello
Samuel L. Jackson
Sir Richard Attenborough
Wayne Knight

Steven Spielberg



The Novel

Time: 127 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Suspense/Science Fiction

Won Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.

I actually paid to see JURASSIC PARK twice in the theater which I rarely ever do. Most films don't deserve my patronage once, never mind twice, but Spielberg and company created something with this film that audiences had never seen before – dinosaurs that looked and acted terrifyingly real. Most people complained that the film doesn't have much of a plot, but I say who cares! This movie is not about the humans, it's about these magnificent creatures brought to life by a genius (both onscreen and off). The spectacular special effects make this movie one of the best horror/action films ever made. There's no one better than Spielberg making films today that can both amaze and horrify an audience at the same time. JURASSIC PARK is a roller coaster ride you'll want to experience again and again.

It begins sincerely enough with Dr. John Hammond, through genetic engineering, attempting to repopulate the Earth with dinosaurs. Once the exeriment works, he, like all entrepaneurs, opens a theme park to allow the rest of the world to witness his modern scientific miracle. Before the public can enter the park, the insurance company demands that he get the approval – regarding the park's safety – of a handful of scientists. So he invites the cream of the crop to the park for an exclusive first look. Drs. Alan Grant (Neill), Ellie Satler (Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) are in for the weekend of their lives. Little do they realize they may not actually survive the experience. Also along for a weekend of fun are Hammond's grandchildren, Tim (Mazzello) and Lex (Richards). Being huge lovers of dinosaurs they can't wait to see what their grandfather has done. The scientists are all quite sceptical, but are quickly wowed out of their socks. Hammond has really done it, but how does he think he's going to control these creatures?


"The complete lack of humility for nature that's being displayed here is staggering."

Through the most sophisticated security measures in the world. The vegetarian dinosaurs are allowed to wander freely around the park. The flesh-eating ones are restricted to their own padlocks and pens. All safe and pretty to look at for the sucker willing to pay. Unfortunately, there's an unhappy employee who decides to increase his earnings by selling some of the embryos to another bio-tech corporation. Since he created the computer systems that run the entire place it should be no problem for him to knock them off-line for about an hour so he can steal and deliver the merchandise. Of course, he's killed in the effort, which leaves all of the park's security down and all of the dinosaurs free to roam wherever they please. This is where the true fun begins.

It's at this point that the humans become incidental. It's pretty obvious who's going to live and who's not – the children and everyone who had a career before this film survive, everyone else is lunch. They are forced to fight against creatures they have only textbook knowledge of, which doesn't remotely compare to battling the real thing. The T. Rex sequences are some of the most scary and amazing scenes ever filmed. There are many points in the latter part of this film where you think things can't get any worse for the humans and then it takes it to a whole different level. The scene in the kitchen with the kids and the raptors will take your breath away with terror.

There's no one working in the business today that can stop your heart like Spielberg. He may not always make great films, but he always tries to bring something new and exciting to the table and you have to admire him for that. The sound and sound effects editing won many awards for good reason. Without them, this movie wouldn't be half as good. The one performer that stands out over the others was Jeff Goldblum. He brought much needed wit and humor to the film just when it was needed most. His is the only character you'll remember. Too bad for him, his is the only one brought back in THE LOST WORLD. I guess you can't win them all. I don't think there's anyone out there who has not already seen this film, but if you're one of the few, watch it. You'll be scared and you'll love it.

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