A lot’s happened since the original Jurassic Park movie in 1993, and this movie tries to tie all the loose ends in a fashion that makes it believable and easy to follow. Here’s the gist of things: the original architect of all this, Hammond, is dead, but InGen Corporation has secretly taken over everything and keeps the original scientist on the payroll. That would be Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong), the only one back from the original film, and as the movie goes on, he begins to have doubts about the writers of his paycheck.
Jurassic World is now a fully-functional park, with over 20,000 visitors a day. It’s been open for quite a while, and as its director Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) discusses with investors, people are getting bored with dinosaurs, so they need to inject some “wow” factor—and that’s where the Indominus Rex comes in. The first genetically engineered dino, of which movie director Colin Tremorrow (who also co-wrote the screenplay) gives us faint glimpses in roundabout ways until Owen (Chris Pratt) is brought in to evaluate the creature’s containment facilities. Owen has a way with velociraptors, being able to approach them and make them listen to him–a “mutual understanding based on respect”.
There are underlying subplots, however. Park security chief Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) is looking to prove to his InGen backers that the Velociraptors can be used for warfare, and he sees the Indominus escaping as the chance to set his idea in motion. When he tells Owen he’ll do it with or without his help, Owen agrees because he wants to save the raptors, and the real reason for this movie to exist gets launched. Adding to the chaos are Claire’s two nephews, Zach and Gray, who are visiting the park and wander off on their own after ditching their chaperone, and wind up interacting with the Indominus.. The park’s owner, Simon Masrani (Irrfan Kahn), is a dreamer similar to Hammond who believes in the park’s ability to educate mankind while worrying about his guests’ safety and security. He doesn’t make it to the end.
Some distracting eye candy keeps showing up (if you’re into dinosaurs). We see stegosaurs, triceratops, ankylosaurs., and even a mosasaur, which winds up having one of the best sequences—first when it snacks on a great white shark, and near the end when—I won’t ruin that for you. Also on hand is a technician wearing an original Jurassic Park shirt which he says he bought on EBay.
The ending was a bit confusing and leaves you wondering what happened to a few dinosaurs, thereby setting up sequels for this movie, which brings back the T-Rex we first saw in the original in a major role near the end. Tension mounts when the raptors change their mind about the hunt after “communicating” with the Indominus, who is part raptor herself.
Jurassic World is a two hour and four minute wild ride that will leave you breathless, in spite of the bad press the other critics gave it. Sure, there are some liberties taken with the science aspect of it, but I went to be entertained, not watch a dino documentary.