Jurassic Park

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Based on a the 1990 novel by Michael Crichton “Jurassic Park” was direct by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson & Richard Attenbourough.

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The premise: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Review:  Jurassic Park starts off with a glimpse of the danger the dinosaur represents then introduces the characters and the park. The park is first showcased as potential visitors would discover it, they see the dinosaurs, then learn how they’re made, before everything start to go awry.

The film plays with our fears of the unseen because in a good portion of it we don’t actually see the scary dinosaurs being scary. We hear them, we know they are lurking off camera but we don’t actually see them. It’s such a good build up that when we see “the monsters” it’s scary. My heart was racing like the little child I was when I first saw it. The suspense is one of the things that get you, even more than the few jump scares the movie has.

Watching Jurassic Park now  made me realize how smart the plot is. lt plays on concerns people would have if this park was really about to open. Some characters only have dollar signs in their eyes and others see it as something incredible that can turn deadly, which it does but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it could be wonderful.

The special effects in this film look as good now as they were when the movie first came out. My guess is that they used a lot of practical effects, animatronics and great camera shots to make us believe that these dinosaurs are real. It thought me that even the most incredible things can be dangerous.

Jurassic Park is such a good movie, it was for a long time the closest thing to an horror movie that I could watch. The film is great fun and very much enjoyable now, what are your thoughts on it?

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