Director Colin Trevorrow Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, B.D Wong, Omar Sy

You wouldn’t think that a fourth film in a series would be such a worthy addition and a decent kickstart to boot considering that series was long thought extinct…. I should be a comedian with material like that. And yet here we are, watching, and enjoying, said fourth instalment with some considering it the best since the original.

But at the same time here we are. The fourth time the less-than-perceptive inhabitants of this universe have played god with ancient reptilians when they should have learned by now it’s best for general well-being of everybody if they simply left well enough alone.

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One such example is Claire Dearing (Dallas Howard), the park operations manager of the titular Jurassic World, who have restarted operations on Isla Nebular despite the sins of the past. She’s committed to her job, so much so that she’s willing to condone experimentation and DNA modification to create the latest attraction.

I’m sure some of those who had featured in previous instalment would have told them what the end result would be but they aren’t around to impart such information. Who is though is Owen Grady (Pratt), a rugged outdoors man and expert dinosaur trainer who used to have a thing with Claire, or something, it doesn’t really matter.

Chris butts heads with Claire, who butts heads with CEO Simon Masrani (Khan) over her attitude towards the Dinosaurs and this latest addition to the species, while all of them butt heads with the dastardly Vic Hoskins (D’Onofrio), who obviously has his own nefarious plans in mind.

Then are the children (Simpkins and Robinson), and, well, it wouldn’t be the same if there weren’t children in danger. The inevitable happens, the Indominus Rex escapes its enclosure and begins wreaking havoc on all those who are far more concerned with conserving their investments then just getting the ever-living fudge off the island.

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Like I said, none of the cast from the classic original 1992 film are here, but I think in a way that works better than if they were. Even without them we’ve actually got a good outing on our hands, it helps lay focus squarely on the new cast and there are enough references to the other films in the series to keep us all happy. Unfortunately the development of each character is a little truncated, Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance is held back by this and Chris Pratt seems to be stuck in this area between being too good for just a supporting role and lacking so much he’s not quite there as a lead.

But this has more to do with the quality of the script. It’s good, the aforementioned uneven character development aside, but it never reaches the heights that were expected. That sense of danger is absent and while it’s pacing is incredibly good (those 130-minutes went by without ever boring me) there’s no gradual escalation of tension and excitement. Instead it just jumps from one extreme to the next.

And then there’s the kid inside of me that just wanted to see Dinosaurs fight. Unlike a certain monster movie released last year that duped it’s audience with only fifteen minutes of actual monsters and fighting this one delivers, though it takes it’s time getting to the real good stuff. But trust me, when you see it, as brief as it may be, it’s worth the wait.

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For what it’s worth Jurassic World has a lot going for it, but those dizzying heights that tell the difference between good, great and the immortal just seem out of its reach. It’s a shame, really, because I can tell this film had the ability to go to that next level and despite these shortcomings you will be entertained. It’s a roller-coaster as when it goes up and shoots straight to the moon, but when it goes down it drops a fair way.

Critics are divided on this one, those who loved it focused on the good and those who hated it could only see is shortcomings. Each side have valid points but at the end of the day this film had one objective, and that was to breath new life into something that really needed the reboot. Yes, it stumbles, but it’s done exactly what it needed to do, and I don’t think it’s too much to be content with that.

MRD 7 of 10

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