DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg
STARRING: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
RATING: 5 stars
Jurassic Park remains one of the greatest films ever made. It is epic. Although it was made in 1993, it is visually stunning and holds up well 20 years later, despite modern technological advances available in film making. Its subject matter and the moral question it raises of humans playing God are also still relevant today. Seeing the film on the big screen is a must and seeing it in 3D is an absolute delight. I have lost count of the number of times I've seen Jurassic Park over the years, and yet I still found myself jumping during the suspenseful scenes.
Billionaire philanthropist John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invites palaeontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and palaeobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) to tour Jurassic Park, an amusement park on an island off the coast of Costa Rica. The park features dinosaurs cloned from prehistoric DNA found in mosquitoes. Hammond hopes the pair will endorse the park ahead of its grand opening. They are joined by chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Hammond's lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero), and Hammond's grandchildren Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello). But when the park's computer expert Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) disables the park's security system so he can escape with some dinosaur embryos, the dinosaurs escape from their electrified enclosures and wreak havoc on the island.
I am going to make a bold statement here - Jurassic Park is Steven Spielberg's best film. The man that gave us Jaws and Schindler's List really out-did himself with this film. In fact, it is because he filmed it so well in 1993 that layering the 3D effects worked so well. There is also a great cast led by Neill and supported by the charismatic Goldblum. Richards and Mazzello are also very good for such young actors. Only Dern is perhaps guilty of over-acting in her role.
I am not usually a fan of "re-doing" an old film in 3D but when it is done as wonderfully as Jurassic Park, it is well worth paying to see.