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Movie Review: Jurrasic Park still great, with or without the 3D
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Jurrasic Park © 1993 - Universal Pictures
Jurrasic Park © 1993 - Universal Pictures
By Dan Metcalf

Clipper Film Correspondent

Jurassic Park 3D (Universal)

Rated PG-13 for intense science fiction terror.

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight.

Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

GRADE:four stars


The “summer blockbuster” is an annual occurrence, but it wasn't always so. Before Jaws, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark came along, mammoth box office summer hits were mostly hit and miss. One of the biggest summer blockbusters was 1993's Jurassic Park, a movie that raked in hundreds of millions in cash, and secured Steven Spielberg's legacy as Hollywood's golden goose. It's hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since Jurassic Park roared onto the screens of the world, dazzling audiences with incredible special effects and very real-looking dinosaurs. To commemorate the 20-year anniversary, Universal thought it was high time to see the T-Rex and velociraptors in 3D.

Sam Neill and Laura Dern star as paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, who visit a mysterious island run by billionaire John Hammond. Joining Grant and Sattler are Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) attorney Donald Genarro (Martin Ferrero), along with Hammond's grandchildren Lex and Tim (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello). The purpose of the visit is to get scientific approval of the island resort park, where Hammond's scientists have managed to clone extinct dinosaurs. Hammond hopes the scientists and the lawyer will give the park the green light so that hordes of tourists will fork over tons of cash to see real dinosaurs on the jungle island. When a disgruntled computer programmer (Wayne Knight) betrays Hammond and tries to steal his research for a competitor, things go wrong during a rainstorm, and the dinosaurs are unleashed upon the visitors and few personnel on the island, including park manager Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) and park gamekeeper Muldoon (Bob Peck).

As Grant and the kids evade dinosaurs in the park, Ellie and Malcolm take refuge at the park operations center with Hammond, Muldoon and Arnold as they try to get the island's security systems back online. Eventually, all the human inhabitants must fight off the roaming wild dinosaurs in order to escape the island with their lives.

Two decades later, Jurassic Park holds up as a true blockbuster, full of excitement, action and danger that still keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. What's even more amazing is the movie looks as if it were made this year, even with all the advances in special effects technology available today. It's also incredible to realize that Spielberg made such a compelling movie the same year as his triumphant Schindler's List. 1993 was a pretty good year for Spielberg, who ran the table with the top grossing film and most acclaimed film.

As for the “3D” version of Jurassic Park, there really isn't much to it. One can barely notice he 3D there, and to be honest, it really doesn't make the film experience more enjoyable. Even if 3D is big deal to you, you shouldn't expect to blown away by it.

That said, you should go and see Jurassic Park 3D for the simple pleasure of experiencing such an outstanding film in a theater setting, which is something most people have not been able to do for a long time, along with just about everyone under the age of 20.

Even at nearly 20 years old, Jurassic Park may be one of the best summer blockbusters of 2013.

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