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JURASSIC PARK (1993)
When a wealthy entrepreneur creates a real-live dinosaur theme park, John Hammond invites a group of prestigious guests—a mathematician, a duo consisting of a paleontologist and paleobotanist, and his two elated grandchildren—to enjoy his groundbreaking accomplishment. What starts out as a lavish, "no expense spared" tour of Hammond's larger than life Jurassic Park quickly turns deadly, however, when someone from within decides to risk the safety of all those invited. Upon stealing eggs for sell during a deadly storm, the
Director Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is a wild, thrilling thrill ride of a movie.
"The most phenomenal discovery
of our time... becomes the
The story involves a billionaire, John Parker Hammond (Richard Attenborough) who grows real, live dinosaurs on a tropical isle, from prehistoric DNA, as part of an upcoming amusement park. Combining DNA found in a fossilized mosquito with frog DNA, a billionaire decides to recreate creatures long dead, from another era, in order have a profitable business venture, arrogantly assuming that his personnel can control and limit the incredibly dangerous animals and the natural order of things. A paleontologist, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil), a mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and a paleobotanist, Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), visit the park, along with the insurance lawyer,Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) and the billionaire's two grandchildren, Tim & 'Lex' Murphy (Joseph Mazzello & Ariana Richards) come to inspect this new amusement park. Unfortunately, while taking a tour of the place, they are all witnesses to the fallacy of this naive thinking, as things get wildly out of hand.
Speilburg's Sci-Fi/ horror adventure film, "Jurassic Park" is a Future Classic because it's exciting, scary, and extremely well made. It's very much like riding in a nearly perfect amusement park ride, which it eventually became at Universal Studios. One by one, human controls fail. Of course, the park's security system breaks down, letting out hungry predators, looking for a human snack. T- Rexes, Raptors and other beautiful but deadly carnivores keep the humans on their toes to stay one step ahead, or in some cases, become a snack, which is nature's way; the food chain in action; Survival of the fittest. Humans use their wits and courage, and smarts to finally escape the island, losing some to the animals.
Also, it is discovered that the animals, both the nice and nasty, found a way to breed. Despite the fact that they were genetically planned by humans to all be females, because half their DNA came from a frog, they were able to fertilize their own eggs. Ian Malcolm: "I am merely stating that uhh... life finds a way."
The huge mother of all T-Rex's escapes, and peeks naughtily into the back of one of the stuck amusement jeeps at the terrified kids, and turns the jeep over the edge into a tree. Jeff Goldblum distracts her from eating the children, and a jeep that comes to rescue some of them takes off, with this hungry creature in hot pursuit.
The wily Raptors manage to get into the main building, and start hunting humans in teams. One of the scariest scenes depicts two vicious Raptors hunting the granddaughter of the billionaire, Lex, in the main building's kitchen.
The entire cast worked well together as an ensemble. I especially liked Jeff Goldblum's performance, as Dr. Ian Malcolm. His character starts off being a self-centered jerk, but grows by leaps and bounds after his experiences.
Sam Neill makes a fine paleontologist, and hero, who uses his knowledge along with other's specialities to escape the island alive.
Laura Dern is convincing as the spunky, brave Dr. Ellie Sattler, doing what she can to help the survivors outwit the sly predators hunting them.
Bob Peck as the rugged, gutsy Park Warden, Robert Muldoon is a terrific supporting actor.
Samuel Jackson does his usual great effort portraying Chief Engineer, Larry Arnold.
The script, by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, and talented direction, by Spielberg, was fast paced, gripping, and well-done, which makes it "a triumph of imagination, suspense, and a great scientific adventure yarn."
The film's music is highly effective, particularly the majestic main theme. John Williams was the responsible party.
"Jurassic Park" won three Oscars for Visual Effects, Sound, and Sound Effects Editing. With the exception of the huge, mechanical T-Rex and a few other animals, a lot of the dinosaurs were computer animated, and looked and sounded real, giving one the sense of what the animals must has been like.
This is an extremely scary movie , definitely not for children under 13 or for those people who are sensitive to tense situations. Children in the movie find themselves in terrifying situations, but are saved by the adults around them or by their own wits and courage. They aren't the ones eaten, thank goodness! Hardly any blood is shown, but it is sort of a war movie of the animals against the humans, matching wits at every turn.