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Jurassic Park 3-D
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Gerald R. Molen, Miguel Sandoval, Cameron Thor, Christopher John Fields, Whit Hertford, Dean Cundey, Jophery C. Brown, Tom Mishler, Greg Burson, Adrian Escober, Richard Kiley
Synopsis: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense science fiction terror
Revisit Jurassic Park in glorious 3-D....
When I first saw "Jurassic Park" as a child, I thought it was arguably one of the best summer movies that I've ever seen. It not only blew my mind away with it's spectacular visual effects that were way ahead of it's time, but it also managed to tell a gripping suspense story that had you in it's grasp from beginning to end. Granted, the film wasn't by any means perfect, but it was a masterpiece unlike any other that I've never seen before. Back then, I knew that what I had just seen in theaters would go down in cinematic history, as one of the best science fiction movies of all time.
After not seeing the movie in so long, some readers may wonder what my thoughts are on the film as an adult. Do I still feel the same way as I did when I was a kid? Is it a timeless classic that simply gets better with age? Well, lets get into that now. Going back to see this film again in 3-D somehow made me feel like a kid again seeing this movie for the first time.
The visual effects are simply amazing to say the least, and could easily beat any of today's CGI heavy films, in terms of realism and quality. Unlike most of today's summer blockbusters, "Jurassic Park" emphasized the use of both practical and CGI effects, to create it's visuals. The end result was that audiences saw the most realistic interpretation of dinosaurs that nobody could've imagined could be possible. Sure, CGI can be nice at times, when applied correctly. However, it's nowhere near as spectacular when you have something special like "Jurassic Park" that emphasizes the use of both practical and CGI, to create a visual masterpiece.
As for the classic John Williams' scoring, it still holds up rather well to this day. The music he orchestrates fits the feel of the movie perfectly, as you can almost feel yourself getting caught up by it. Even to this day whenever you hear his classic theme to "Jurassic Park", you can't help but think about the film itself. Now, anytime you can play a theme song to any film, and immediately think of that same said movie where it's from, then you know that's always a good sign.
As for the acting, I have to say it wasn't that bad either. Granted, it wasn't anything great to be considered Oscar worthy or anything, but it was still very good enough to help the audience suspend it's disbelief in the name of cinematic fun.
Anyways, for those that have never seen the film, it's essentially based on the novel by Michael Crichton, where a scientist named Dr. Hammond uses state of the art cloning methods to resurrect dinosaurs. After accomplishing such a feat, he decides to build an amusement park for everyone to witness them again.
Unfortunately, something goes terribly wrong during the park's preview tour, as the dinosaurs run amok across the island. With no electric fences holding them back, one might wonder how they'll manage to escape from "Jurassic Park."
As I mentioned earlier, the story holds your attention from beginning to end. "Jurassic Park" builds up the tension, as we never see the dinosaurs right away; thus when we're finally introduced to them, it's almost shocking to say the least. Making the viewer feel like they're witnessing this for the first right along with our main characters.
Granted, most of the movie is filled with action, suspense and a few family fun moments, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of dramatic moments as well. One particular scene comes to mind is when Dr. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) points out how Dr. Hammond's staff spent so much time trying to figure out if they could revive dinosaurs, without even asking whether or not they should. This sparks a debate among our main protagonists about the consequences and dangers of introducing dinosaurs back into a world where they've been extinct for years. It's an interesting scene to watch, and it definitely fuels the action and suspense later on.
However, I know most readers biggest question will be whether or not they should see it in 3-D again upon it's re-release. Although I have heard other critics point out how well the 3-D conversion is for this particular film, I honestly didn't notice it all. Granted, the cinematography is great for the most part, but converted 3-D rarely ever shows up well on screen. But, I wouldn't let that stop any of you from seeing it again in theaters, or even watching it again at home if you have the DVD/Blue-Ray already.
Whatever the case maybe, "Jurassic Park" deserves to be viewed at least once if you're a huge movie fan. Not only is the film a timeless classic that only gets better with age, but it's a masterpiece in modern cinema. In the end, I would have to give the movie a four out of four. If you haven't seen this masterpiece already, then you're definitely missing out on arguably one of the best science fiction films of all time...