Computer-generated dinosaurs are on the loose again with the 20th anniversary release of “Jurassic Park.”
It’s been updated with 3D effects, though I wasn’t impressed by the new look. This movie succeeds by giving life (sort of) to creatures that haven’t roamed the Earth for about 65 million years.
John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) is the mastermind behind a fantastic idea. He and his team have found a way to extract dinosaur DNA from the blood of ancient mosquitoes trapped in amber.
He invites Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to visit his new theme park on a Costa Rican island. Hammond’s hope is they’ll be so impressed by what he’s done that they’ll encourage visitors from around the world to flock to Jurassic Park.
Malcolm is the first to voice questions about Hammond’s efforts. How can modern-day humans expect to control these exotic and often violent beasts from the distant past?
We know he’s on to something because director Steven Spielberg created a thrill ride of a movie, with hungry dinosaurs on the hunt for warm-blooded, two-legged food.
There’s also a nice subplot about how Grant learns to overcome his aversion to kids by spending time in dire situations with Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards).
The computer effects are 20 years old but they hold up well, and one suspects they might have been touched up along with the 3D process.
About the 3D, it’s more annoying than anything else, as some characters and sets stand out to give the illusion of depth.
There was never a time when I thought a dinosaur was going to reach out and get me, and if 3D can’t deliver that, what’s the point? I felt the need to deduct points.
I give “Jurassic Park 3D” a B plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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