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Jurassic World

Directed by Colin Trevarrow. US. 2015. PG-13. 124 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Fri., September 4, 2015 thru Thu., September 10, 2015
Friday
September 4, 2015
7:00 pm
Saturday
September 5, 2015
4:00 pm
Sunday
September 6, 2015
4:45 pm
Sunday
September 6, 2015
7:30 pm
Tuesday
September 8, 2015
7:30 pm
Wednesday
September 9, 2015
2:00 pm
Wednesday
September 9, 2015
4:45 pm
Wednesday
September 9, 2015
7:30 pm
Thursday
September 10, 2015
7:30 pm

“It’s been more than two decades since Richard Attenboroughs John Hammond spared no expense in his quixotic attempt to outsmart Mother Nature. Now his park is a fully operational, family-friendly destination where little kids ride on the backs of docile triceratops while their parents queue up at the nearby Starbucks. Hammonds dream has become reality. The only problem is the fanny-pack-wearing public has grown bored. So, in order to goose attendance, the operators of Jurassic World have gone back to the lab to genetically design a newer, scarier attraction. Meet the Indominus rexa standard-issue T. rex amped up with 11 secret herbs and spices to create historys deadliest killing machine.

Just as this new super-beastie is about to go live, a pair of brothers (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) arrive to spend some quality time with their aunt (Bryce Dallas Howard), the parks no-nonsense operations manager. With her severe bob, towering heels, and ever-present cell phone, we know right away that whatever chaos is about to unfold will turn her into a better, more nurturing person (ugh). Playing offof her opposites-attract-style is Chris Pratts game warden, who with his macho safari shirt, sarcasm, and animal lovers compassion telegraphs that hes both the movies savior and its conscience (double ugh).

As youve probably guessed, Jurassic World doesnt have much interestin giving these characters thirdor even seconddimensions. (Vincent DOnofrio starts off and winds up as such a cartoon of gung ho militaryvillainy he might as well be played byR. Lee Ermey.) Still, director Colin Trevorrow (in a rush to the big leagues after the modest Safety Not Guaranteed) doesnt seem bothered by any of this. Like the theme parks mad scientists trying to rev up the scare factor of their attractions, he knows exactly how to get butts into the multiplex: by throwing as many CGI dinosaurs gone wild onto the screen as he possibly can in 124 minutes.Its a distraction game. But it works. Normally Id grouse about that kind of bread-and-circuses cynicism. But its what makes Jurassic World such breathless summer entertainment. Exposition and character-building chitchat are kept at a minimum as we gawk at raptors on the prowl, prehistoric sea monsters breaching out of their water pens to feed on a great white, and our old pal T. rex slugging it out with the new-and-improved I. rex.

All of this is a bit ironic considering that 40 years ago, it was Spielberg who single-handedly reinvented the old-school monster movie in Jaws by showing us as little of his killer shark as he could get away with. Back then, he didnt have much choice because his mechanical great white was such a dud that he was forced to keep it hidden (those who didnt know better called this Hitchcockian). These days we dont have much patience for those kinds of coy cat-and-mouse games. We want to see our dinosaurs rampaging fast and furious over and over. In that sense, Jurassic World is a blockbuster of its moment. Its not deep. There arent new lessons to be learned. And the films flesh-and-blood actors are basically glamorized extras. But when it comes to serving up a smorgasbord of bloody dino mayhem, it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do beautifully.” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)

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