Jurassic World

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan. Epic Action-Adventure. Written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow. Directed by Colin Trevorrow.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

PREVIEW REVIEW: If you can deal with some gruesome scenes and a lot of intensity, this is one for you. For truly “no expense was spared.” That said, don’t be looking for any kind of in-depth storyline (ignored kids, adults caught up in work; military doing bad things with living beings in order to conquer the world – same old, same old). It’s more of a concept than a story, filled to the rafters (and raptors) with clichés, stereotypes, and a premise that could only sound feasible in the movies. (Let’s vacation on an island loaded with gigantic prehistoric carnivores! Really?)

It’s fun for a while, but the constant threats that photograph as real, along with crunchy, squishy sound effects, ultimately serve to unnerve the nervous system.

In its defense, and despite all the carnage (and some really scary stuff), it is a film full of CGI awe and wonder. It’s well produced except for the characters who seem more manufactured than the giant lizards.

As to the 3D, it’s not really necessary, but it doesn’t get in the way. Back in the 1950s, the three-dimensional look was a gimmick, mostly conceived to fight against television. But it died out only to be embraced by this generation. If it’s done right, I guess 3D can add to story enjoyment, but generally the process is not well supported by ill-equipped theaters. Here it’s as effective as the actors (again, the people are caricatures, and we don’t really care that much about).

PG-13 (I caught a couple of obscenities and several minor expletives; several “oh my gods” delivered by actors who say much worse in other movies; dinosaurs eat men, animals and other dinosaurs-usually implied, sometimes shown; ferocious battles between dinosaurs, threatening chases and encounters with dinosaurs, suspenseful shocks, massive property destruction, kids in danger – then everybody in danger.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: I caught a couple of obscenities and several minor expletives.

Profanity: Several “oh my gods” delivered by actors who say much worse in other movies.

Violence: People get chased and eaten by a very bad tempered, lab manufactured mutant dinosaur.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Older kids and up

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