A befitting opening for Collin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World would have been the theme song to Steven Spielbergs’ Jaws and a large neon sign with an extract from Dante’s Inferno which reads “Abandon hope all ye who enter here”.
From the moment the opening credits rolled onto the screen, they spelled out madness and mayhem at the hands of pre-historic beasts.
Nearly 22 years after the film was released, the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise broke box office record with the highest grossing debut of all time.
However, in all honesty the first film that was released in 1993 was more impressive than this new release.
The only explanation as to why it grossed so much would have to be the fact that fans eagerly anticipated to see what the directors, armed with new technology would churn out.
The movie is comme ci comme ça, not too good and not too bad either.
Jurassic World seemed to focus more on the depth of the genetically engineered, man-eating Indominus Rex and its unadulterated blood thirst, as opposed to building on the main characters.
The characters were one dimensional, and predictable, Chris Prat as the fearless protagonist, Bryce Dallas Howard the rigid damsel in distress, Nick Robinson the angry teen and Ty Simpkins the boy genius fascinated by all things dinosaur.
Trevorrow revives themes exhausted in the first three films such as greed and man’s unrelenting need to play God. Fortunately for him the archaic beasts garner enough interest to keep one seated until the end of the film.
Of course the film is visually impressive, the beasts could not have looked more impressive, the theme park breath taking, if it were real, one would imagine it looks like that. Still, one cannot look past the flimsy storyline and the less than impressive interaction between the characters.
It is amazing to see that they found room for dry humour and some romance in the midst of all the chaos, whatever ingenious plots will they come up with in Hollywood one wonders.
The director also seemed disinterested in maintaining certain accuracies explored in the first film, such as how the enormity of the beasts would make the earth tremble, or how difficult it would be to tame a Velociraptor, let alone turn it into a hunting dog, it was simply unrealistic.
In the midst of its predictability, it did manage to surprise with a twist, in the form of a Mexican stand-off between the genetically modified dinosaur called Indominus Rex and the Tyrannosaurus Rex, unfortunately the beasts’ intelligence and merciful nature was too far-fetched.
It’s not a complete snooze fest though, it is still watchable if blood and gore is what you’re after and not put off by predictability.