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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 14, 2015

Movie Review: 'Jurassic World" - We Wish The New Monster Dino Will Eat All The 'Pasaway' Characters To Punish Them

"JURASSIC WORLD" is the latest sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise (1993, 1997 and 2001). It seems that the park has continued its operation in an island off Costa Rica for several years now, but attendance seems to wane so they have to come up with a new attraction to keep visitors coming. As Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park's manager who runs around in the jungle in her high heels, announces: "No one's impressed by a dinosaur anymore. They need to be bigger, louder and with more teeth." Talk about corporate greed.

To do this, they have engineered a new improved kind of monster dino that combines the t-rex with the properties of other animals, called the indominus rex. It's easy to predict that this super dino, who's also smarter, will soon escape from its secured pen to wreak havoc on the entire park.

Chris Pratt temporarily leaves his duties as a guardian of the galaxy (he'll be back in its own sequel, though) to play the role of a former Navy man named Owen, an Indiana Jones-like character who tames domesticated raptors named Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo, with him as their Alpha. He flirts with Bryce, asking her: "You wanna consult here, or in my bungalow?"

He'll later try to use his raptors against the super dino, but in the climax, they'll call on something else for help, which is really dumb since the super dino is meant to be much more menacing than this. (To find out what it is, you've got to see the movie yourself.)

Honestly, when the super dino goes on rampage (along with other dinos that are accidentally let loose), we were siding with it and wishing he'd get to eat all the "pasaway" characters in the movie, including Bryce and her two silly nephews, the geneticist who concocted the new dino (BD Wong), a military man who wants to turn the dinos into weapons (Vincent D'Onofrio) and billionaire businessman Simon Masrani (Irfan Khan). As Owen says in one scene: "These people never learn." And it's true, so most of them get the comeuppance they truly deserved. Bravo!

The movie's new director is Colin Trevorrow, who comes up with some well staged action set pieces. The CGI is as impressive as ever. But we somehow miss the original director, Steven Spielberg, who gave us human characters that we can really care about.