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‘Jurassic World’ is the fourth installment in the ‘Jurassic Park’ movie series. It was a movie that was originally supposed to see a summer of 2005 theatrical release but ended up suffering problem after problem. Jurassic Park IV ended up having changes in producers, changes in writers and scripts, changes in casting, etc, etc. But this final product due out in theaters across the country this Friday is worth all of the headaches and definitely well worth the wait.

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I went in with the best attempt possible to keep my expectations low. Normally, any movie I get hyped about ends up disappointing me somehow due to my heightened anticipation and a bit of lacklusterness (yes, it’s a word!) on the part of the film. ‘Jurassic World’ was the opposite on both fronts. Yes, I was looking forward to it, but it delivered all the way around AND was also far from lackluster. Just seeing this cast alone was worth the price of admission. Chris Pratt has literally become Hollywood’s next action hero. Between last year’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ and now this film which has “BLOCKBUSTER” written all over it (the adjective, not the defunct video store chain), it’s not hard to see why people are clamoring for him to be the next Indiana Jones. (But, please: #DontRebootIndy.) Then there is Vincent D’Onofrio who fills the villain role quite neatly as Hoskins and Bryce Dallas Howard as the by-the-book Operations Chief, Claire. The two actors (Ty Simkins and Nick Robinson) who play Claire’s nephews, Gray and Zack were especially captivating in their parts!

Without giving anything away, the plot revolves around the island, 20 years after the first movie, being turned into a dinosaur theme park. It’s a perfect commentary on our society that the needs of the theme park involve constantly having to reinvent itself once every few years to deliver bigger, better (and more terrifying) thrills to maintain public interest. To that end, the scientific team led once again by Dr. Henry Wu (a role which actor BD Wong reprises as the only recurring cast member and character from the original trilogy) has begun splicing dinosaur DNA to fill the need for new “attractions”. When their latest creation gets loose, it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and his team of four velociraptors he’s been training to take it down!!

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This film far exceeded my initial hopes. Even during the opening exposition, it never dragged or felt slow. The pace was consistent throughout and the movie contained just the right amount of surprises as well as some well placed nods to the original film. Whether you’re a fan of the initial trilogy or just looking for an action-packed thrill ride at the cinema, ‘Jurassic World’ is going to be THE summer movie to beat!!

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