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By Megan Bianco
Currently holding the record as the most successful Friday opening in movie history, Jurassic World is one of many franchise revivals this year—one that fans have awaited with cautious anticipation.
After the disappointing sequels Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001), the new filmmakers had a lot to make up for to compare with the 1993 original. The new film introduces fresh new faces, but delivers more disaster than chills.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, the dinosaur attraction has been resurrected by park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) and operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). With help from “raptor whisperers” Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Barry (Omar Sy), and control room employees Lowery (Jake Johnson) and Vivian (Lauren Lapkus), dinosaurs are back to walk with humans. Dearing’s nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gary (Ty Simpkins) are visiting the park on opening weekend. Katie McGrath appears as Claire’s assistant, and Vincent D’Onofrio adds another antagonist role to his resume.
While Spielberg’s Park had only a dozen people on the island, Colin Trevorrow’s World has thousands of guests, making everything bigger, louder and scarier than ever. Because of the ultra-action and violence, the film suffers a loss in character development and rushed subplots, despite the impressive cast—particularly Howard and Johnson. But with the park finally open to the public, the scenery and animals are incredible to look at. For die hard Jurassic fanatics, the animatronics and computer-generated imagery should come close to making up for shortfalls in the story.