Released on June 12 last year, Jurassic World is a brilliant film that is reminiscent of the previous series of the 1990s Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park films. Set a little over 20 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World takes place on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica, where a theme park of genetically modified dinosaurs plunges into chaos when the most dangerous and most intelligent hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, breaks loose. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a Navy veteran and the ‘commander’ of a pack of Velociraptors; and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the operations manager, must race against time to save the lives of the terrified tourists, including Claire’s two young nephews, Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson).
One is brought on an exhilarating ride through a prehistoric dinosaur chase. Throughout the movie, I was on the edge of my seat, watching with bated breath as I feared for the lives of the poor tourists. The film cleverly combines the themes of adventure, action and family into one amazing masterpiece. Aside from the heart-stopping action, the theme of family and growing up is intelligently woven into the film. At the beginning, Zach is portrayed as a moody teenager who could not care less what happens to his younger brother. However, as the film progresses, Zach’s cold exterior slowly melts away and one can clearly see how much he loves Gray. The movie also brings up the importance of being resourceful in times of danger, through subtle links to the Jurassic Park movie.
Fans will be excited to know that plans for Jurassic World 2, set to release in 2018, have been made, with production set to begin any time soon. The movie will be filming under the alias Ancient Futures, which already gives a huge hint on what is to come in the following sequel. The plot thickens in Jurassic World 2, where rumour has it that geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) will work with former head of the park’s security operations Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) to create an army of military dinosaurs – and they will be successful. Furthermore, dinosaurs in the Jurassic World park will no longer be locked up in high-security enclosures, but instead be roaming freely. Also, some breeds of dinosaurs would be domesticated as pets to live with loving families. Therefore, I am sure that Jurassic World 2 would certainly be a much more intense film than Jurassic World, and that fans would be delighted to know that three of the original actors would be returning for the sequel.
Chua Wei Ting (2T)