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In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. Full synopsis
Jurassic Park 3D
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece roars back into thrillers with an upgraded 3D IMAX presentation, but it’s the timeless thrills that will have family’s leaping in their seats and screaming in delightful fear.
Spielberg’s movie, which turns 20 this year, is the rare occasion where advancements in technology actually improve what already was a near-perfect film, bolstering the computer effects used to create the director’s dinosaurs (which were pretty impressive back in 1993) and enhancing David Koepp’s streamlined script with tense beats and entertaining sprints through remarkable set pieces.
Surprisingly, Park is tamer than I remembered. Nothing on screen unnerved my 9- or 5-year-old sons, and watching it with them opened my eyes to a few deliberate choices I believe Spielberg made to help make Jurassic Park more accessible.
My youngest son’s favorite character in the film, after all, ended up being Tim, the adolescent dinosaur enthusiast played by Joseph Mazzello. The genius of Spielberg is that he counters the inherent terror of either the T-Rex or the stalking velociraptors by making Tim and his sister, Lex (Ariana Richards), the hero’s of the film’s finale.
Outside of the inherent dinosaur chills that come with Park, the rest of the movie’s pretty safe. Goldblum jokes about one big “pile of [excrement],” and calls Hammond a “son of a bitch.” The inclusion of a Mr. DNA cartoon to explain the science of Jurassic Park was pretty brilliant, as both of my sons pretty much understood the basic concept behind the creation of the park.
Plus, the 3D is totally worth it. Spielberg didn’t intend to show Park in 3D, though now that it has been converted, I can’t imagine watching it in any other format.
If your kids like Jurassic Park, and they haven’t yet tried Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum movies, those comedies have cool dino effects. Also, Disney has the animated Dinosaur from 2000, and again, use Park as an introduction to the films of Steven Spielberg.
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