Jurassic Park

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Eccentric billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), CEO of InGen, has recently created Jurassic Park: a theme park populated with dinosaurs cloned from the DNA extracted from insects preserved in prehistoric amber.

After a park worker is fatally attacked by a dinosaur, Hammond’s investors, represented by their lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero), demand that experts visit the park and verify that it is safe. Gennaro invites Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a mathematician, while Hammond invites paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern). They are joined on the island by Hammond’s two grandchildren—Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards). Hammond asks Malcolm, Grant, and Sattler what their thoughts are about having recreated dinosaur species. The three of them engage in an intense philosophical debate about the ethics of having cloned extinct dinosaurs with Gennaro being the only one to express optimism. The group sets off to explore the park while Hammond observes his guests along with Head Technician Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) and his game warden, Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck).

The head computer programmer, Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), is secretly in the employ of one of InGen’s corporate rivals, and has been paid to steal fertilized dinosaur embryos. During his theft, Nedry deactivates the park’s security system, allowing him access to the embryo storage. During the exploration, Dr. Sattler spots a sick Triceratops and the group gets out to investigate. With a storm heading in, everyone gets back into the cars except for Dr. Sattler, who stays with the park doctor to look after the animal. The rest of the group, who have been stranded in the park due to the system shutdown, are attacked by the Tyrannosaurus, which kills Gennaro. Grant and the children are able to escape.

Meanwhile, a fleeing Nedry crashes his jeep. He decides to attach a winch on the front of his jeep to a tree that will pull him to the road and help him reach the dock. As he’s attaching the winch to the tree, he encounters a dilophosaurus which kills him.

Ellie and Muldoon try to find Alan and the children, but to no avail. Then they find Ian under the demolished bathroom. As they try to look for the children deep inside the jungle, Ian realizes the Tyrannosaurus is near. He orders Ellie and Muldoon to flee, with the Tyrannosaurus chasing after them. The three of them are able to escape in their jeep.

Meanwhile, Alan and the children climb up a high tree to avoid the Tyrannosaurus, and in a distance from the tree, they can see a family of “Brachiosaurus”.

Back at the Visitor’s center, being unable to decipher Nedry’s code to reactivate the security fences, the group decides to take the drastic measure of rebooting the entire park’s computer and electrical network. Arnold refuses at first by worrying that the park’s network might not come back on at all, But Hammond pressures him by saying that people are dying. Arnold, along with Ellie, Hammond, Muldoon and Malcolm, shut down the park’s grid and retreat to the emergency bunker, from where Arnold heads to the maintenance bunker to reboot the system. When he doesn’t return, Ellie and Muldoon decides to head for the bunker. At the same time, Grant and the children discover a nest full of hatched eggs, indicating the dinosaurs are breeding on their own.

As Muldoon and Ellie proceed to the maintenance bunker, Muldoon notices Velociraptors in the bushes making him notify Ellie that they are being hunted. Muldoon gets killed by a raptor, while Ellie makes it to the bunker and restarts the park’s systems. After Ellie turns the park’s systems back on, she almost gets killed by a raptor hidden within some cables; she then discovers Arnold’s mutilated remains and narrowly escapes the raptor. At the same time, Tim, Lex and Grant climb an electrified fence out of the park’s animal zone and Tim is nearly killed upon the reactivation of the electricity.

Grant and the children head for the visitor’s center; he leaves them alone in the restaurant while he reunites with Ellie and the others. The kids manage to eat something until they see a raptor’s shadow through a stained glass window. They head to kitchen, in which the raptor opens the door making it into the kitchen, in which another raptor accompny’s it. The kids escape two raptors before reuniting with Grant and Ellie. Lex is able to assist getting the park’s security systems working from the control room. Grant contacts Hammond and tells him to call the mainland for rescue, but the two raptors find the group and attack.

The group flees through the vents, only to be cornered in the entrance hall by the raptors, who prepare to strike. However, the Tyrannosaurus breaks into the main hall and attacks the raptors, allowing the foursome to escape outside where they are rescued by Malcolm and Hammond. Hammond and the others escape via helicopter. Hammond takes one last look at Jurassic Park, before boarding the helicopter. As the helicopter flies away, Grant watches a flock of pelicans gliding over the sea.

REVIEW:

It came to my attention last week that I had actually watched the Jurassic Park films after I had started this blog, but for some reason, I never reviewed them. Oh well, it happens, right?

When this film was released, I was a junior high kid and in awe of dinosaurs and the whole span of this film. Not to mention the heroic music that only John Williams could deliver. Now, some 20 years later, that feeling hasn’t waned at all.

I’ve long been against CGI, and will probably always be, unless it is used to animate Transformers or create explosions, but the great way it was put to use here in order to create these prehistoric creatures really shows you what they can do with the technology when they actually sit down and take their time with it, as opposed to today where they juts take like 5 minutes, draw something and paste it on the some film.

The plot here, I believe follows very closely with the book, but don’t quote me on that. A hot topic, to this day, is whether or not dinosaurs could be resurrected using blood found in mosquitos trapped in amber.

I’m no scientist,but I would imagine the answer would be no. As they say in the film, there would be missing parts of code, and I just don’t see how using a frog’s DNA to fill in the gaps would work. Kudos to whoever thought of the idea, though. It was bloody brilliant.

If you’ve read any of my western reviews, you know that I”m big on scenery. If ever there was a film that deserved an award for just the magnificent location, or what have you, Jurassic Park would be it. The scene where they fly in takes your breath away. I remember seeing that on the big screen and nearly being brought to tears by its beauty.

With any film of this nature, there has to be some sort of plot meant to throw a monkey wrench in everyone’s plans. In this case, it is a rival company that has hired the compter technician to steal dinosaur embryos and bring them back to him.

I’ve seen this flick many a time, and always wondered why there was this random espionage, for lack fo a better term, plot going on. I think today was the first time I saw the scene that explained it.

This is one of those films where the cast, as great as it is, takes a back seat to the amazing special effects and story. I actually have no issue with any part of this cast, except maybe Jeff Goldblum’s character. I still wonder exactly what his branch of science actually is, as opposed to the others who were actual acclaimed paleontologists.

I guess him being a different branch was just that…different, and he also gave a different vibe than the stoic demeanor of the others.

There is a majestic beauty that goes along with the dinosaurs, as well as a fear factor when one sees a Tyrannosaurus Rex charging at you in the middle of the night, but there is also this one bit of irony this film has that you cannot overlook.

Early on, they are threatened by T-Rex, but near the end when the kids are trapped in the kitchen by the velociraptors, it is the same T-Rex that tears the roof of and eats the raptors. How ironic, right? That has to be one of my favorite scenes of the film, hands down!!!

Jurassic Park holds a special place in my heart for being able to bring dinosaurs back and make them cool again. This film was released in 1990, or somewhere around there, and is still as relevant today as it was back then. Talk about a film standing the test of time! I more than highly recommend this one. You should have this on your see before you die list. Hell, why haven’t you seen it already?!?

5 out of 5 stars

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