Writer: Michael Crichton, David Koepp (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L Jackson, Wayne Knight
Plot: John Hammond (Attenborough) has built an amusement attraction that only dreams could imagine one with dinosaurs. John needs to get some expects in to give it the recognition it deserves. Doctors Alan Grant (Neill), Ellie Sattler (Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Goldblum), all experts in different subjects of Jurassic period get bought to the Island. The three of them get a guided tour of not just the basics but the science behind it all.
The tour includes an electric car trip that they are joined by John’s grandchildren Lex (Richards) and Tim (Mazzello). With a hurricane heading towards the island they have to cut the tour short, but an inside job against John from the greedy Dennis (Knight) leaves the power down and the dinosaurs free to cross the fences. The three experts must use all their know how to survive all the different dinosaurs that will be hunting for food.
Verdict: A True Classic
Story: The story tells of such an adventure that will never be forgotten by the people who have seen it. It follows so many different ideas that challenge all the characters thoughts. With all the adventures you could have imagined in a film based theme ride. Really just sit back and enjoy the visual story feast. (10/10)
Actor Review: Sam Neill – Alan Grant an old school palaeontologist who would rather dig a hole than embrace the technology that will make the job easier. Gets bought along as he is respected expert but is not ready to deal with children. Great performance from Neill who shows he can handle an action adventure genre. (9/10)
Actor Review: Laura Dern – Ellie, Grant’s partner who studies vegetation in the Jurassic period. Always trying to help Grant evolve but often unsuccessful. Good performance but it would be fair to say the weakest of the three scientists. (8/10)
Actor Review: Jeff Goldblum – Ian Malcolm the showman palaeontologist who has quick wit and against the logic of the idea of the park. Jeff steals the show with all the best lines and his crazy theories. (10/10)
Actor Review: Richard Attenborough – John Hammond the ambitious owner of the Jurassic Park trying to make something for the world. Good performance from Richard showing how he can still make an impact in his older age. (9/10)
Actor Review: Bob Peck – Robert head warden for the dinosaurs but has an unhealthy fear of the raptors. Good supporting role performance. (8/10)
Actor Review: Joseph Mazzello – Tim the young boy who loves his dinosaurs and has read plenty of books about them, ends up getting trapped in the park with Doctor Grant and his sister. Good early role from the young boy showing great fear throughout. (9/10)
Actor Review: Ariana Richards – Lex the sister of Tim who also gets trapped in the park and goes through the survival adventure too. Good performance from the young lady that also shows genuine fear throughout. (9/10)
Actor Review: Wayne Knight – Dennis the greedy technician who controls the whole place but would rather make money. Good greedy character performance. (8/10)
Director Review: Steven Spielberg – One of the best directed films of all time, ground breaking for its time, it still looks better than many of the new special effects based films over 20 years later. (10/10)
Adventure: The adventure the heroes have to go on is unseen before and will always be remembered. (9/10)
Sci-Fi: Great use of sci-fi creating something we could only dream of. (9/10)
Special Effects: It would be hard not to say this is the best use of special effects in 90s cinema. (10/10)
Music: John William’s score is stuff of legends now. (9/10)
Believability: No the science isn’t possible yet. (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Settings: The Island makes for a brilliant setting for the film, making everything feel completely real. (10/10)
Suggestion: Simple this is a must watch for everyone. (Watch)
Best Part: T-Rex first showing.
Action Scene Of The Film: T- Rex first appears.
Kill Of The Film: The Lawyer.
Trivia: Universal paid $2 million for the rights to the book before it was even published.
Oscar Chances: Won 3 Oscars
Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels and a remake/reboot on the way.
Tagline: The most phenomenal discovery of our time… becomes the greatest adventure of all time.
Overall: A Masterpiece That Changed Special Effects Cinema Forever