Cert: PG Runtime: 127 mins Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson
God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs…
This is one of my all time favourite films, as a kid in 1993 if you had never seen Jurassic Park you were nobody. Billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has created a theme park on a secluded island with real dinosaurs. Their DNA had been extracted from mosquitoes stuck in fossilized amber. After an accident in which a worker is killed by a raptor, Hammond’s lawyer requests that experts come take a look at the park and sign off, saying that it is indeed safe for the public. He personally invites Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Niell) , a well-known paleontologist, and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Grant’s graduate student and paleobotanist. Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a mathematician, is also asked to come along. Later on, Hammond’s grandchildren, Lex and Tim, join the group. But Dennis Nedry, a disgruntled employee and creator of Jurassic Park’s elaborate computer security system, is paid a huge sum of money by a competitor to steal fertilized dinosaur embryos. But, in order to do that and avoid getting caught, Nedry must shut down the park’s security cameras and electric fences. The fences are what keep the dinosaurs from escaping their areas. With them shut down, they can roam free and wreak havoc on the park and its visitors. Imagine some Hans Zimmer music with that !!!!!
I watched this film the other night, it just took me back when I was around 7 years old obsessed with dinosaurs. Even though it is almost 20 years old the CGI still impresses me to this day. When I look back on the cast now, it was a very accomplished set of actors for that time, Richard Attenborough is still my favourite to this day (if you can bring back dinosaurs back to life you are cool in my eyes) and T-Rex of course. Visually it is fantastic for the viewer, it feels real right through and the detail on the dinosaurs are the best I have ever seen. This is one of Steven Spielberg’s true gems of cinema. If you have watched it, watch it again. It’s one of those films that just take you back to a time when life was simpler.