Apr 11, 2012

Jurassic Park, 1993

Jurassic park, 1993
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Stage: Home, late night TV selection.

Jurassic park in short:
Huge advancements in scientific technology have been able to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, plus his two grandchildren to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go to plan? Especially when one of the parks own workers attempt to steal the dinosaurs embryos, and have to shut down all the electricity in the process. It's now a race for survival with everyone located all over the island.

. OMG, again on TV? This is a classic, need to review it one more time.

: This was a masterpiece at the time of creation. Spielberg made a breakthrough as he was the first guy to offer dinosaurus and dino world with its glory and disaster. I remember standing in a queue for a decade before I got the tickets. Therefore I admire the classical aspect of this piece. The same impact as the first King Kong, I might add. Maybe the same as Titanic.
Now, the real story behind isn't about the magic park where you get to play with the dinos. The real story is two layered - first layer: Should you play with science and make things that are extinct? Does the nature know the reason and has cause that this species is extinct? Can we make same measures in climate conditions and can make the world as it is now, to resemble the world at that point?
The second layer, I see here, is in the spending the money rich people have. Making (building) things they believe the world is yearning for, but no real evidence. Still, the movie proves there is no simplicity in life and things really get complicated, especially if being underestimated. The human nature, greed, can never be overunderestimated. The movie proves the concept where greed feeds the island to become the torture place for all that are there just by coincidence, on the grand opening. To make the emotional bondage to the viewer, we have grandsons of the main owner of the island, which connects emotions to the simple story.

Obviously the park turns into disaster, we have the chance to see what it must have really looked like with predators beyond control in an environment, where power reigns. Therefore you are in the middle of action, waiting, how many souls there will be at the end and who will win, vicious dinos or humanity (money). For no apparent reason, you would want everyone to die, maybe for the sake of giving a point. You shouldn't mess with the nature, you shouldn't wake what has been sleeping for a long time for a reason and yes, you shouldn't buy what can't be bought (the love of your grandsons for instance). And you should definitely divide between the time where you can do what you want and the time, where you are a good dinner to a fine predator.

The movie is a classic, I love seeing it, yet I am aware of its issues and limitations. But think about the time it was made. We all ran to the movies to catch it.

My personal rating: 6,0 (more than decent, a classic and one of the rare movies on the topic. One of Spielberg's finest works in terms of story and technical delivery).

Jurassic park on IMDB

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