22 years after the failure of Hammond's vision for Jurassic Park the company is now under the control of Masrani (Irrfan Khan) who with Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) and his team of scientists have brought the dream to life with the hugely popular Jurassic World on the island of Isla Nublar. But Dr. Wu and his team have taken things even further, creating new breeds of dinosaurs by messing about with their genetics leading to a hybrid called Indominus Rex. Elsewhere dinosaur wrangler Owen (Chris Pratt) has trained a group of Velociraptors to obey his command, something which InGen security chief Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) would like to capitalize on to make them weapons for military use. When Indominus Rex gets loose and goes on the rampage, killing all in its wake, Owen teams up with park manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to not only bring the hybrid under control but rescue her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), who are visiting for a few days whilst their parents sort out some marital issues.
Let me get to the point straight away and say "Jurassic World" is no where near as good as the original "Jurassic Park" and that is despite improvements in technology meaning the rendering of these prehistoric monsters even more real than before. And the reason for this being a bit of a disappointment is that "Jurassic World" is a movie of two halves with the first half being good and the second half being... what were they thinking.
Now I said the first half to "Jurassic World" was good simply because the creativity in bringing an almost futuristic vision of this dinosaur attraction to life on Isla Nublar is entertaining. From dinosaur holograms and a big water tank which raises up to spherical vehicles the whole thing reminds me of the creativity I once had as a child where anything was possible. On top of that it nicely pays homage to "Jurassic Park" with a scene which sees Zach and Gray coming across the old visitor's centre which is now over grown, giving that element of nostalgia for those of us who loved the original movie.
But then there is the second half of "Jurassic World" and to put this simply, whilst the first half of the movie felt like it was written by someone trying to bring the magic of "Jurassic Park" back to the big screen the second half felt like it belonged in one of those mutant creature vs. mutant creature movies which The Asylum are known for. It was ridiculously wrong on so many levels that I was shocked by how ridiculous this second half was, in fact if someone had pulled out a chainsaw and started doing battle with a flock of pterosaurs I wouldn't have been surprised.
Besides that I have to say that the cast do a good job with Chris Pratt standing out for the right reasons. But most of the characters in "Jurassic World" are a forgettable bunch who lack the charm of those from "Jurassic Park". Although it has to be sad that it was nice that they managed to provide some continuity by bringing back BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.
What this all boils down to is that whilst "Jurassic World" is certainly an entertaining movie it is not only not a patch on the original. But it is a movie with an utterly ridiculous second half which gets more and more ridiculous the longer it goes on.