Jurassic World: An “Old Wine in a New Bottle” Kind of Film

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Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Joan Makai

Jurassic World is “old wine in a new bottle”. The world will take a long time to come up with something as startling and horrific, as what Steven Spielberg came up with in 1993. Jurassic Park was a new story back then. It also had many novel effects and new camera techniques used to portray these extinct mammoth animals on the movie screen. Now, computer-generated images or CGIs are used for creating similar effects. But they are no match for Spielberg’s models.

In Jurassic World, which is a new film directed by Colin Trevorrow we have an attempt to integrate the latest science in the movie’s storyline. The story begins in an Isla Nubar’s theme park. This theme park has several dinosaurs. Owen Grady, an armed force veteran is employed to train Velociraptors here.  The dinosaur species in the farm are well- behaved. The park is owned by Simon Masrani, or Sam, who is a billionaire. Claire Dearing works as the operations manager of the park. She is certainly good with numbers. A new dinosaur is revived by InGen’s scientists. This albino female dinosaur has been developed by InGen’s researchers using genes from different species of dinosaurs including the genes of the dreaded Tyrannosaurus. For Sam, the object of creating this dinosaur was to increase revenues from the park. But for Vic Hoskins, InGen’s head, the object is to equip these huge creatures, especially the Velociraptors with enough skills for using them in armed forces.

The genetically modified dinosaur turns truant. Other dinosaurs also start misbehaving, i.e., they start following the footsteps of this new leader who is christened as Indominus Rex.  This is because of some shared genes.

Like the earlier releases of Jurassic Park, there are young visitors to the park, who are on run to save their lives. The chomping, eating, and destruction tradition is nothing new. Nevertheless, senses are shaken up when Claire’s assistant Zara, who was chaperoning Claire’s nephews, is eaten up by one of the extinct species. Her death may be the highlight of this film because she is tossed around by different species of dinosaurs before her gory ending in the large mouth of extinct lizard, Mosasaurus.

Is it possible for humans to establish a bond with these animals, whose brain capabilities are a suspect? The story writer thinks so. Therefore, the Velociraptors sent to destroy Indominus Rex, manage to revert back to the bonding that Owen established with them, notwithstanding that Indominus Rex had genes that were common to them. In fact, Indominus Rex was eventually steered cleverly by another Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a small Velociraptor towards the water, where Mosasaurus made a meal out of it. Could the animals have been that smart?

Though the storyline seems lame, the actors carry it off beautifully. Irfaan Khan in the role of Sam is impressive, as is Chris Pratt as the trainer of raptors. Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire also does not have much scope for showcasing her talent but has come up with good performance. CGIs do not manage to create the terror in the hearts anymore, thanks to the video and mobile games on similar themes. But those who saw Spielberg’s version would want to re-experience the thrill. It is disappointing but not due to director’s efforts, or storyline, or even the techniques, but to the fact that such graphical depictions are now available in every other game. So people have sort of become immunized to such fears.

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