JURASSIC WORLD

PG-13

Action Thriller

They’re back! Brontosaurus, Velociaptors, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex litter the screen doing what dinosaurs do best: feeding on each other and people. “Jurassic World” is terrifying and thrilling. Based on the original book by Michael Crichton,” Jurassic World” is the fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” series produced by Steven Spielberg.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Bryce Dallas Howard stars as the Park’s Director, Claire. When her nephews, played by Ty Simpkins as Gray and Nick Robinson as Zach, visit their Aunt, she is too busy to spend time with the boys until all hell breaks loose and Chris Pratt, who stars as Owen, an ex-Navy Seal, saves the park and the boys. Pratt is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. He will capture the hearts of the women in the audience. Vincent D’Onofrio, star of the television series “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” plays the villain, Hoskins, Head of Park Security. Irrfan Khan is the park owner Simon Masrani and B.D. Wong reprises his role from “Jurassic Park” as Dr. Henry Wu. . But, the real stars of the show as always are the dinosaurs. They were magnificent.

The Special effects are amazing. In the 22 years since the release of the original “Jurassic Park” movie the improvements in the dinosaurs are phenomenal. The color of their skin and the details of their mouths and claws send chills up your spine. I saw this in 3-D and I felt I could reach out and touch the dinosaurs, although that is absolutely the last thing I would ever want to do. The Cinematography was beautiful. Shot in Hawaii, the scenery was stunning.

“Jurassic World” had two writing teams. Story and Screenplay were developed by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly were also credited with writing the screenplay. Colin Trevorrow directed.

Although I loved “Jurassic Park” but I was not impressed with movies “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park III” so needless to say I wasn’t too excited about the prospect of sitting through another dinosaur movie at Wehrenberg’s Galaxy 14 at Chesterfield, but this one was spine-tingling. The action was fun and one boy told me that he wouldn’t be able to sleep for a week but it was worth it. One couple told me that they thought “Jurassic World” was better than “Jurassic Park”. A good indicator of the audience response was that the whole audience applauded when it was over, but two little girls didn’t like it because they thought it was too scary. This film was far gorier than previous Jurassic Park movies but most of the viewers loved it and I certainly did. “Jurassic World” opens today at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.