Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jurassic Park (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight

More info: IMDb

Tagline: An adventure 65 million years in the making.

Plot: On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park -- and help calm anxious investors. However, their park visit is anything but tranquil as the park's security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results.

My rating:9/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I love this movie.  It's an awful lot of fun and even after twenty years, there's barely anything I can find the least bit wrong with it (that fat kid in the beginning where Sam Neill explains his bird theory creeps me out).  Spielberg excels at thrilling, edge of your seat action sequences.  That T-Rex sequence is insanely good as is the Velociraptors in the kitchen scene. The casting is superb all the way down to the two kids.  There's humor, suspense, thrills, action and some excellent CGI.  I caught this during it's opening weekend twenty years ago and I've seen it a few times since.  Last week I hit the local Imax screen and saw it again but this time in 3D.  It's THE best post-3D conversion I've seen.  The effects are fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised to see that JP holds it's own against the competition even after all these years.  It looks like it was shot yesterday.  If you haven't seen it in its current 3D release I urge you to go before it's gone.  You'll be glad you did.  Hold on to your butts.

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