In 1993, a group containing scientists, a lawyer, and two children flew to a remote island off of Costa Rica at the behest of a billionaire CEO. They were promised research funding to serve as technical advisors for a new luxury resort and theme park funded by the industrial bioengineering giant InGen. Not long after their arrival, a powerful tropical storm hit the island causing complications that left the billionaire’s lawyer and three members of the park’s staff horribly mutilated and dismembered. The resort’s opening was delayed indefinitely and the doors sealed off to the public; until now. Welcome to the grand opening of Jurassic World!
It’s been 22 years since Steven Spielberg deftly adapted Michael Crichton’s tale of dinosaurs brought back to life. The original Jurassic Park has inspired three sequels, multiple video games, theme park rides, and the imaginations of people around the world. The last sequel, Jurassic Park III, was released a whopping 14 years ago. Ultimately unused concept art and scripts have been floating around the Internet for years, leaving audiences wondering when a new installment would arrive. Thanks to executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall, audiences now have the movie they’ve been waiting for.
While Spielberg has given up directing duties since The Lost World, he selected deft hands in which to place one of the most popular franchises of his career. In the director’s chair is relative newcomer Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), who also contributed to the script with his writing partner Derek Connolly. While Trevorrow and Connolly helped define the script, the story that was ultimately approved by Spielberg was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver; the screenwriting duo behind Relic, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Their script actually shared many attributes with one of the aforementioned, unused scripts, that saw geneticists creating dinosaur-human hybrid soldiers. While these two talented teams of filmmakers have never worked together before, their skill in the action and sci-fi genres make them a recipe for success.
The cast of Jurassic World is equally talented, yet more recognizable. Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) stars as Claire Dearing, who manages the park and authorizes a hybrid dinosaur as the park’s newest attraction. Christ Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) continues his climb to blockbuster stardom as Owen Grady, a rugged Velociraptor expert working at the park. Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3, Insidious) co-star as Zach and Gray Mitchell; Claire’s nephews who have come to stay with their aunt, but find themselves exploring the park by themselves. Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Daredevil) appears as the park’s head of security, and Jake Johnson (New Girl, Let’s Be Cops) pops up as a Nedry-esque tech operator. The only returning actor from the previous films – B.D. Wong – will reprise his role of Chief Geneticist Dr. Henry Wu. When Claire’s prize hybrid outgrows its pen and wreaks havoc on the island, these people will band together to save the lives of their visitors; and their own.
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