Jurassic Park (1993) / Adventure-Sci Fi
MPAA Rated: PG-13 for intense science fiction terror
Running Time: 127 min.
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Wayne Knight
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: David Koepp, Michael Crichton (based on his novel)
Review published April 12, 1997
Using DNA from dinosaur blood found in mosquitos preserved in amber, a billionaire theme park creator (Attenborough, Elizabeth) decided to make the ultimate experience, Jurassic Park, by resurrecting the long extinct giant lizards. A lawyer (Ferrero, Get Shorty), a mathematician (Goldblum, Earth Girls Are Easy), some married paleontologists (Neill and Dern), and the creator's grandchildren are invited for the preliminary tour, but a secret plot by one of the computer programmers (Knight, Dirty Dancing) to steal dinosaur embryos and sell it forces the shutting down of the park and lets the dangerous dinosaur's loose.
A masterpiece of special effects and a fascinating idea for a movie, even if the story is just a variation on Spielberg's own Jaws. As uninteresting as the overall plot turns out to be, it is still an undeniable experience to see some very lifelike dinosaurs come to life though state-of-the-art computer graphics. The scenes of the T-Rex attacking the tour cars is about as terrifying a scene as there has been in a film, using no theme music...very realistic and impressive. A must-see for the dinos, it's scary fun.
©1997 Vince Leo