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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 2 years, 3 months ago on 11 July 2016 05:58

Classic film by Steven Spielberg. Not as memorable as Jaws, but a worthy gem in the sci-fi genre. The best and only one in the series.

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One of Spielberg's timeless masterpieces

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 16 April 2013 05:51

"You did it. You crazy son of a bitch, you did it."

Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park developed into a critical and commercial smash when released in the summer of 1993, and for good reason. A groundbreaking blockbuster, it's a masterpiece of suspense and action, overseen by filmmaking wunderkind Steven Spielberg. Written for the screen by David Koepp and Crichton himself, Jurassic Park remains every bit as potent and enjoyable as it was back in the '90s; an enormously accomplished action-adventure supported by astute direction, glorious photography, pitch-perfect performances, and an overwhelming sense of cinematic escapism.

On a fictional island 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has created the ultimate theme park, a zoo populated with real dinosaurs genetically engineered by a team of scientists. But Hammond's investors grow anxious about the park after an employee is killed, compelling him to bring in a team of experts to test the experience and deem it safe for the public. Enter palaeontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), palaeobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), as well as lawyer Donald (Martin Ferrero) and Hammond's grandchildren Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello). The group take off on a self-guided tour of the park, astonished by the prospect of coming face-to-face with animals that have been extinct for millions of years. However, when a hurricane strikes and one of the computer technicians messes with the system, the park is shut down, leaving the guests in the middle of a dinosaur playground with no protection.

Similar to Spielberg's Jaws, the focus of Jurassic Park is not purely on dino carnage, but more on the narrative and characters. We don't glimpse our first dinosaur until half an hour has elapsed, and it takes a good sixty minutes for the actual rampaging to begin. Combined, the dinosaurs only get around fifteen minutes of screen-time in this two-hour picture, as Spielberg predominantly observes the characters dealing with the omnipresent danger of the animals. Furthermore, the script explores the ethics behind the park; Dr. Malcolm quickly recognises the scientific hubris of resurrecting species which nature had selected for extinction. It's this thought towards intelligent characters, subtext and science lessons which amplifies the value of the film. And yet, while there is plenty of chatter, Jurassic Park is a brisk, agile picture in the hands of Spielberg, who has a perfect grasp on narrative rhythm and cinematic thrills. What's also surprising is just how comedic the material is, with sharp dialogue (Dr. Malcolm is a wise-cracker) and a smattering of gallows humour (Dr. Grant gives a young boy a lesson on how the Velociraptor can rip you apart).

Looking at Jurassic Park two decades later, it's astonishing how little the movie has dated beyond the computer technology (ah, floppy disks) and a reference to a CD-ROM tour program. Although we've come a long way since 1993 in terms of digital effects, the dinos remain just as convincing now as they were two decades ago. One cannot overstate the realism of the creatures on display here. While blockbusters these days primarily rely on CGI, Jurassic Park melds practical animatronics and puppetry with computer animation, and the result is seamless. The dinos look truly alive, with realistic movement and textures, and they carry no trace of artificiality. Indeed, not many movies since have equalled or topped the sheer photorealism of the special effects - the sense of wonderment and discovery here is truly sensational. Furthermore, the visuals are helped in no small degree by the sound design, which gives these extinct creatures a lifelike voice. The dinosaurs look and sound like living, breathing creations, and the grand illusion still stands in 2013.

Although Jurassic Park is family-friendly entertainment with shrewd laughs and a heroic score by John Williams, it is surprisingly dark and violent at times. It carries its PG-13 rating for a reason; Spielberg generates an aura of genuine threat whenever the carnivorous dinosaurs are on-screen, and young kids may find the movie too terrifying. Indeed, Jurassic Park is extraordinarily intense, and it has lost none of its ferocity over the past twenty years. The first appearance of the T-Rex still induces goosebumps, and the animal's roar is enough to strike terror into the hearts of anyone. Likewise, late set-pieces involving the Raptors are mercilessly intense and edge-of-your-seat. When it comes to white-knuckle intensity, Spielberg is the king. Furthermore, the film is carried by a selection of outstanding performances from an able cast, including Goldblum who earns big laughs as the proverbial wise-cracking cynic. Also worth mentioning is Attenborough, who humanises the role of John Hammond in an effective fashion.

To bring the picture back to theatres on its twentieth anniversary, Jurassic Park was converted to 3D. The 3D makeover is better than expected, exhibiting a fine sense of depth and dimensionality. At times the picture does actually look as if it was natively shot in the format. However, the photography is not as vibrant or sharp as a more recent movie, making some shots look a tad soft and hazy. Added to this, the photography involves a lot of rack focus, and backgrounds are frequently blurry. This type of stuff is fine in 2D, but it doesn't entirely work in 3D. Nevertheless, it's a valiant conversion effort rather than a lazy cash-grab, and it's well worth checking out, if only to see the sensational extravaganza back on the big screen where it belongs.

Jurassic Park is one of the masterpieces that Steven Spielberg will forever be remembered for. It's a borderline perfect adventure picture, a skilfully-assembled blockbuster which has lost none of its ability to amaze and shock. The special effects have not even slightly dated, and it's easy to appreciate the picture's sheer intensity, the nuances of Spielberg's storytelling, and the thematic undercurrents which provides more brain fodder than the average action movie. It's still one of the very best blockbusters in history.


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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 9 April 2013 12:07

Alright i'm sure almost everyone has seen this movie by now and if not GET TO IT!

I Love this movie such an awesome film, Everyone at one point loved dinosaurs in their lives and don't lie to yourself if you didn't =D. Yeah i was like 2 when this movie came out back in 1993 so when i heard about the 3D Re-Release i wasn't so mad as i have been with some of the other 3D Re-Releases that have come out the past couple years the film looks great in the post 3D conversion.

Richard Attenborough Plays a multi millionaire named John Hammond that is about to open a theme park with cloned dinosaurs. They basically do a test run with a small group of people to see how the park operates. Soon the fun ends as the dinosaurs break free of their caged areas and the cast is left fighting to survive. Once things start to get going in the movie turns from a peaceful joyful ride to a thrilling heart pounding ride with loads of awesome scenes with a T-Rex, Triceratops, Velociraptors, etc it was just a blast going through the film on the big screen definitely worth that money

And what can i say i just love Jeff Goldblum he is such a ladies man in this film even though he is a mathematician who specializes in chaos theory the guy even survives an attack by a T-Rex i think that qualify's him as PURE BADASS

Overall i give this movie a 10 Such a Classic that i can never get tired of watching

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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 6 years, 1 month ago on 21 September 2012 02:11

When i was a child, i used to play with my toys imagining dinosaurs inspired by Jurasic Park, it was the most awesome thing in the world for me.

"Oh please Mr. Dinosaur, don't kill these poor childrem", thats what i was thinking at the first chase scene ( the car scene, EPIC).

It's amazing how real they look, even if u watch it now, the inviroment is gorgeous. We humans looking so weak but at the same time our will to survive overcome everything, u notice it at the chase scenes, they are excelent.

Jurassic Park 2 and 3 are nice but the first one will always be the best.

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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 26 July 2012 04:11

12 years after first watching it I was surprised to find three things: 1) It still remains a family classic, despite the fact many shielded their eyes during some scenes 2) The animatronics still stands up the test of time and are times better than recent movies and 3) It was a huge disappointment for me. That's right, when I first saw it when I was 7, I liked it when I saw it again just yesterday, you have no idea how disappointed I was and here's the reason why:

Sure, the dinosaurs were pretty awesome but that was pretty much it. The characters, especially the main ones, were not fully fleshed out and were unnecessarily put in implausible situations. To put it this way, the characters, and their situations felt akin to a little 9-year-old girl playing with her Barbie dolls. Poor Barbie is in peril and the brave, but unwilling, Ken comes to her rescue, rescuing her from highly impossible places where law does not apply. I guess Spielberg tried to use the same technique. So that is what worried me when I saw this film. Now, despite being one-sided, Sam Neill was pretty decent and so were Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Richard Attenborough. But the two performances that impressed me were from Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy and Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy. First time I'm seeing kids overshadowing adults. Both were excellent.

So, like I said, apart from the dinosaurs shown, and some small dialogues here & there, the film doesn't have any other strong points and I found it kinda weak. But however, I still got the goosebumps when the team first encounter a dinosaur in the wild. The music, and Laura Dern's classic expression, bought back a flood of memories!

In conclusion, I like Jurassic Park but I enjoy the sequel more.


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Review of Jurassic Park

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 15 March 2012 09:19

Jurassic Park is surprisingly good, and I say "surprisingly," because I didn't know how much more I really wanted to watch after the first hour. Roughly the first 60 minutes is contaminated with utter boredom. In fact, most of this first hour wasn't even necessary. If I could crop out the 5-10 minutes of the first hour that were important, I imagine that the audience would still understand what was happening. Maybe it was just my inner-boy speaking, but I wanted to see some dinosaurs for cryin' out loud!

But I digress.

(To the film's credit, though, we do see some dinos before they begin their reign of terror, but most are in the background, one we only get a glimpse of his claw and eye. Only one dino is fully exposed, and it doesn't really do anything. And before the dinos start attacking, we see two more; a baby, as well as a sick triceratops).

After you get past the first hour, the film quickly picks up. I won't say how many, but people do die (and we see two dismembered body parts before the film is over). To be honest, I've never seen a film that would truly qualify as "scary," but this certainly "freaked me out." I always thought dinos were terrifying creatures, but now that fear has been greatly multiplied. In addition to an excellent job on making the dinos appear so suddenly (you'll probably be startled by an un-expected reptile at least once), the dinos look incredibly real, despite the fact that this film is nearly 20 years old.

The characters in the film weren't quite one-dimensional, but they weren't very fleshed out either. The plot was slightly outrageous, but if you can force yourself to believe it, the film is much more enjoyable.

The score by legendary composer, John Williams, was something of a disappointment. This is by far the worst I've heard from him, though it's not that bad. It's servicable, and sometimes, that's all one can ask for. Though there are times when the music is a little irritating and repetitive.

The film is lots of fun, and it's truly scary. There are some comedy elements, but it's mostly for the fright and joy of seeing people chased by dinos. So, if that's what you came for, you won't be disappointed.

That is, if you can get past that first hour.

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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 4 March 2012 11:04

"Jurassic Park" is a true movie milestone, presenting awe- and fear-inspiring sights never before seen on the screen. The more spectacular of these involve the fierce, lifelike dinosaurs that stalk through the film with astounding ease. Much scarier, however, are those aspects of "Jurassic Park" that establish it as the overnight flagship of a brand-new entertainment empire. Even while capturing the imagination of its audience, this film lays the groundwork for the theme-park rides, sequels and souvenirs that insure the "Jurassic Park" experience will live on. And on. And on.

The timing of this cinematic marketing coup could not be better, since an entire generation of children has fallen in love with dinosaurs, transforming the fossils of yesteryear into the totems of today. On the other hand, "Jurassic Park" has its planning problems, since this PG-13-rated film is clearly too frightening for the young viewers who could have best appreciated its magic, and who will most easily be drawn in by its marketing arm. Parents and guardians, take note: children who think of Tyrannosaurus rex as a huge hunk of friendly, prehistoric exotica will not want to see a T. rex bite a lawyer in half.

Who will? Well, anyone of an age and disposition to appreciate one of Mr. Spielberg's canniest roller-coaster rides and to have read Michael Crichton's novel. "Jurassic Park" is a gripping, seductively scientific account of a top-secret theme park, named for the era during which dinosaurs reigned. Jurassic Park's main attractions are real live dinosaurs, which have been created through the reconstruction of dinosaur DNA. The DNA has been obtained through blood found in prehistoric mosquitoes preserved in amber. (The film, being much more mainstream, explains this process with the help of an animated "Mr. D.N.A.")

Mr. Crichton, who wrote the film with David Koepp, delights in such details and presents his story as a fascinating, obsessively detailed treatise on both the possibilities and the evils of modern science. "Jurassic Park" is that rare high-tech best seller punctuated by occasional computer grids to advance its story.

The savviest character in Mr. Crichton's book, a glamorous mathematician (yes) named Ian Malcolm, is among several scientists taken to Jurassic Park to inspect the place before it opens. Confronted with the apparent glitch-free nature of this computerized Eden, Malcolm is skeptical. He frequently cites chaos theory as a way of suggesting that theoretically perfect models have a way of going haywire once they run up against reality. This idea has some bearing on the film version of "Jurassic Park," too.

On paper, this story is tailor-made for Mr. Spielberg's talents, combining the scares of "Jaws" with the high-tech, otherworldly romance of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and of course adding the challenge of creating the dinosaurs themselves. Yet once it meets reality, "Jurassic Park" changes. It becomes less crisp on screen than it was on the page, with much of the enjoyable jargon either mumbled confusingly or otherwise thrown away. Sweetening the human characters, eradicating most of their evil motives and dispensing with a dinosaur-bombing ending (so the material is now sequel-friendly), Mr. Spielberg has taken the bite out of this story. Luckily, this film's most interesting characters have teeth to spare.

Sometimes matching the scare value of "Jaws" (though they also occasionally suggest an educational trip to the World's Fair), this film's dinosaurs trample its humans both literally and figuratively. They appear only for brief interludes, but the dinosaurs dominate "Jurassic Park" in every way. Amazingly graceful and convincing, they set a sky-high new standard for computer-generated special effects. But thoughts about how those effects were achieved aren't likely to surface while the film is under way. The most important thing about the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" is that they create a triumphant illusion. You will believe you have spent time in a dino-filled world.

That world, on an island near Costa Rica, is the brainchild of John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), a mostly venal developer in Mr. Crichton's account but now a tediously merry old codger. Hammond recruits Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) as part of a team that is expected to give Jurassic Park its seal of approval. But a funny thing happens on the way to the T. rex pen. Because of an industrial saboteur (Wayne Knight) who tries to steal dinosaur embryos, electricity within this automated theme park is turned off. Huge, mean, hungry things start to escape.

Plotting the dinosaurs' escapades is Mr. Spielberg's strongest suit, and the director's glee is clear. Mr. Spielberg has great fun with every last growl and rumble signaling the approach of danger, as when Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) looks down to see a mud puddle shake. He also leaps to the challenge of choreographing ingenious duels, as in a terrific sequence that shows vicious velociraptors stalking Hammond's two grandchildren (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello) through the large kitchen of the Jurassic Park visitor's center.

Anybody can stage a fight, but it takes Mr. Spielberg to show just how the pots and pans might go flying at the stroke of a velociraptor's tail, or how the children might trick their wily attackers. In assessing such an episode, it also helps to look at the big picture. Who but Mr. Spielberg could convince an audience that there are dinosaurs loose in a kitchen at all?

"Jurassic Park" keeps its viewers on edge while leaving much of its real violence to the imagination. When it's dinosaur feeding time, Mr. Spielberg avoids obvious gore; he gets a greater frisson out of showing farm animals that are left near the hungry beasts and suddenly disappear. To give the velociraptors a suitable introduction, he opens the film with a character whose upper body remains visible while the rest of him is being attacked off camera, a la "Jaws."

"Jurassic Park" mixes such horrific touches with sentimental strokes, suspenseful action scenes and occasional droll notes. The camera effectively winks at a "Jurassic Park" souvenir book shown at a concession stand (though this may be most clever to those who plan on selling programs). Mr. Spielberg also gets a last laugh by letting a T. rex muscle aside a museum exhibit of a dinosaur skeleton, rising up against a banner that reads "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth." Obviously, they rule again.

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A classic

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 11 August 2011 01:57

I must have been 13 or 14 years old when I saw this flick and I had the pleasure to see this in the movie theater. I must admit, I was quite blown away by its visual aspect. I mean, back then, there wasn't such an overdose of CGI like today, back then it was something new and it was just downright impressive. Actually, there was just 6 minutes of CGI and the rest was animatronics, just to give you an idea about the fact that wall-to-wall CGI is absolutely not needed. Anyway, this movie definitely belongs to the biggest classics directed by Spielberg and it was the highest grossing movie ever made until 'Titanic' came out. Honestly, even though I was completely blown away by the special effects, I still can't say the same thing about the plot and the characters. I mean, even though the whole thing was very entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat, it was still nothing extraordinary and all the characters were all really stereotypical and none of them was remotely interesting. But, damned, it was still awe inspiring to see for the very first time ever such realistic dinosaurs on the silver screen. To conclude, even though storywise it is rather pedestrian, it remains a huge landmark in motion picture history and it is definitely worth a look.

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Jurassic Park (1993) review

Posted : 7 years, 3 months ago on 24 July 2011 02:25

What else can I say about this movie except..... Epic joy-ride and one of, if not, the best movie of 1993 and one of the best, in my opinion, of the 90s. This movie is filled with so much Dino terror and loving scenes, including when the brachiosaurus sneezes on lex Murphy while she's petting it. Ian Malcolm(Played by Jeff Goldblum) is probably the funniest character in this movie. "You think they'll have that on the tour?" When I hear the Jurassic Park music, it gives me goosebumps EVERYTIME. It's just one of those movies that never gets old. 10/10

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One of biggest blockbusters of all time!

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 14 February 2010 01:33

I was never a big fan of Jurassic Park at all as a child but when I rewatched it about 2 years ago for the first time in about 5 years, I loved it a lot more! I find Jurassic Park one of the most overrated films of all time as well as one of the most successful blockbusters of all time. Jurassic Park is a film that has been named a family film by magazines and websites but, to be honest, I think the film is too scary for that status (like Lord Of The Rings). Jurassic Park is one of those films that children of the 90s would grow up with like Star Wars in the 70s and Harry Potter in the 00s. I would call this an educational film especially those who are archaeologists or who are interested in that subject. Jurassic Park is regarded as a landmark of CGI. There were many positive reviews. Most of them treasured the effects but in some of the other elements of the film were mixed.

Sam Neill's performance as Dr. Alan Grant was awesome! Grant is a world reowned paleontologist excavating Velociraptor fossils in the Montana Badlands. He dislikes children, frightening one with a talon of a raptor, but he soon has to protect Hammond's grandchildren. Laura Dern delivers a good performance as Dr. Ellie Sattler as well. She is a paleobotanist and graduate student of Grant. Dern also met Horner and visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, learning to prepare a fossil. Jeff Goldblum delivers the best performance in this film as Dr. Ian Malcolm. I could see Goldblum's deep interest in this film because he is a big fan of dinosaurs. Malcolm is a mathematician and chaos theorist. He warns of the danger of resurrecting dinosaurs and becomes Hammond's main opposition. He clearly shows that he fancies Dr. Sattler. Richard Attenborough was awesome in this film too as John Hammond. He is the CEO of InGen and architect of Jurassic Park. Samuel L. Jackson makes a supporting appearance in this film too.

Every decade since he started his career, he has created a very successful blockbuster (as far as gross revenue is concerned). Jaws in the 70s, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in the 80s, Jurassic Park in the 90s and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull in the 00s. I would probably say that Jurassic Park and E.T. are equally successful. Spielberg has a thing for creating franchises on a kind of archaeology. Spielberg originally cast Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum but Sigourney Weaver was his first choice for Dr. Ellie Sattler but Dern was cast instead. Jurassic Park won all 3 Oscars that it was nominated for: Best Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Overall, Jurassic Park is a very intense powerful film to watch. It is wildly overrated but apart from that, it is another Spielberg masterpiece!

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