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Revisiting Jurassic Park

jurassic_parkNo one is too cool for Jurassic Park. While some might think that the sci-fi dinosaur thriller has not aged well, they are wrong. The Steven Spielberg directed film, based on the novel by the late Michael Crichton, first hit theaters twenty years ago. With a fourth film slated for release next year, the timing of its 3D release could not be more appropriate.

Perhaps it’s not the 3D that matters. The film could have been re-released in its original format on the big screen because that is precisely how those prehistoric beasts deserve to be seen. That said, the conversion does work in the film’s favor. I can only imagine what the experience must have been like for those who watched Jurassic Park in 1993, before 3D glasses. Here, the 3D only enhances the terror and thrills.

The stars of the film look as good and realistic as ever, and the actors are not too shabby either. Though a big movie with plenty to see and cower over, Jurassic Park has its quiet moments where the human characters are just as impressive. A lot of credit has to go to Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel Jackson, and Richard Attenborough whose performances are still strong twenty years later.

jurassic-park-large-pictureJohn Hammond (Attenborough) is the owner of Jurassic Park, a theme park located on the coast of Costa Rica where his scientists have cloned dinosaurs. Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler (Neill and Dern), are dinosaur experts that Hammond has persuaded to visit the park and offer their opinions. David Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) is the “bloodsucking lawyer”, who threatens to shut down the park if it doesn’t meet the required safety guidelines. And Goldblum is smooth talking scientist Ian Malcolm.

With Hammond’s scientists wielding such an awesome power, the implications of cloning an extinct species is explored in depth in the film. And it proves to be a bitter irony when the dinosaurs escape their paddocks and wreak havoc. Jurassic Park is a cautionary tale, but it is a thoroughly entertaining one. The special effects are some of the best things in the film. Even twenty years later, those and the story are worth revisiting on the big screen one more time.

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