Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jurassic Park

Movie Name: Jurassic Park
Year of Release: 1993
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight, Miguel Sandoval
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

Steven Spielberg had a great year in 1993. He came out with two huge critically acclaimed films, both of whom were box office hits and won Oscars at the the Academy Awards: both "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List" were the films of that year.
"Jurassic Park" is an adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel and focuses the attention on an amusement park where the main attractions are dinosaurs that have been recreated genetically.  In order to get further funding for the park, it's owner and manager, John Hammond, assembles a team of experts to provide scientific backing and endorsement that he needs. He finds scientists Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm, and alongside his grandchildren, he assembles a tour of the park during a weekend. However, all that could go wrong, eventually does, and most of the people in the park end up having to fight for their lives from those dangerous creatures.
Steven Spielberg is a fantastic film maker, and throughout his career the core of his work has always touched and emphasized the concept of broken families and the formation of different family units. "Jurassic Park" uses Michael Crichton's scientific take on the dangers of genetic manipulation, to build a film that is suspenseful and truly thrilling, very much in the tradition of what Spielberg had done with "Jaws". The film manages to create a sense of menace and excitement, also seen through the eyes of the children who are part of the cast and for whom, the experience of seeing dinosaurs is like the unfolding of a new universe. The cast is uniformly great, particularly Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern. The visual effects are stunning as is the cinematography from Dean Cundey (and the score from John Williams). A great film always worth revisiting.