Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 11, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park is din-o-mite.
Spielberg's story, from Michael Crichton's novel, is a basic B movie script. People are caught on an island in a hurricane, all the communication and safety features of "Jurassic Park" have failed and the monsters are coming. What sets this above all other B Movies is the quality of the effects as the dinosaurs interact with the characters and the land. From the firs romantic sighting of s small herd of Brachiosaurus eating from the tops of huge trees to the last frightening encounter with the Raptors (shot for Velociraptors), the dinosaurs are perfectly integrated in a special effect coup by Industrial Light and Magic. The effects are a quantum-leap above the past.
Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. AlanGrant (Sam Neill) are enticed by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) the driving force behind Jurassic Park to visit the island and present their impressions to the insurance company for the island and the investors in the project. The high tech island is near completion and it will become a real trip into the past for visitors. Dr. Sattler, Dr. Grant, Hammond's two grandchildren, played by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards, along with Jeff Goldblum, who explains the Chaos theory, are caught in the park during the hurricane and the disruption of the power grids which control the Jurassic animals. It is their adventure, dealing with the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors and the friendly Brachiosaurus throughout the night, that the film is hinged upon.
The theory behind the island's dinosaurs is explained by a cartoon character called DNA who explains that mosquitoes who bit dinosaurs 65 million years ago were sometimes caught in the hardened sap of trees. The park scientists extracted the blood from the mosquitos, separated the DNA which belonged to the dinosaurs, and filled in the missing genes with frog genes and cloned the prehistoric animals.
Once the storm moves in and the science fiction is explained, slam-bang, quick fast action takes place a la Spielberg. There are some frightening scenes as the main characters attempt to escape the reaches of the tyrannosaurus and Velociraptors.
Your may find yourself jumping from your seat and it may be beyond what small children can handle. For most it will be a wild, exciting ride into the Jurassic period.