**THZ Exclusive: Jurassic World Review

Photo Credit: THZ Library/ Kenny Servera

Photo Credit: THZ Library/ Kenny Servera

Jurassic World is the sequel we all been waiting for!

The sequel to the 1993 classic lives up to the hype and it does in a big way. Twenty-two years have passed since the disaster on Isla Nublar. The incident has been swept under the carpet, and the dream of enthusiastic billionaire John Hammond has been realized. Welcome to Jurassic World: a fully-operational theme park, full of dinosaurs and wonder, accessible to all. Like the previous three movies, disaster strikes and chaos ensues.

Director Trevor Trevorrow prevents Jurassic World from ever becoming a gross disaster movie, full of mindless carnage. There are scenes featuring explosions and gun fire – most of which were squeezed together to make the trailers – but I was thrilled to discover that it’s really not that type of blockbuster. Trevorrow has been allowed to build quietly a much more thoughtful, character-driven movie than I ever expected.

The most surprising part of the movie was the performance of one Bryce Dallas Howard. She played the role of Claire, the control freak in charge of the park. She plays the hero in the movie. The movie turns around her, so it’s slightly frustrating that other characters – particularly her two nephews don’t recognize or appreciate her heroism.

Chris Pratt plays basically the same role he played in Guardians of The Galaxy as the witty, raptor-whisper Owen. Although he wasn’t the hero I expected him to be, it was nice to see Starlord on the silver screen again.

The last 20 minutes of the film is the best part of the film. I will not spoil it but it is a matchup of old school vs new school and it makes for the best fight scene of the movie. Yes, the last 20 minutes of the movie is worth the price of admission.

As a huge fan of the Jurassic Park series, I was more than pleased to see that Jurassic World wasn’t a retread of the last two movies. The park is now open, coming to a theatre near you Friday June 12th!

Movie Rating: 8.5 out of 10 

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