Film preview: JURASSIC WORLD (12A) SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, FROM THURSDAY
After a 14-year hiatus, the box-office-crushing franchise monster that is Jurassic Park is back.
Semi-rebooted under the moniker Jurassic World – with one eye undoubtedly on a potential new trilogy – it has made a great start by snagging one of Hollywood’s most bankable rising stars in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy lead Chris Pratt, with director of the first two films, Steven Spielberg, on executive producer duties.
Set 22 years after the events of the original film – which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide – the island of Isla Nublar now features a fully-functioning dinosaur-themed park, as originally envisioned by the late Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond.
But in a sign of the times, even a massive great white shark-devouring prehistoric sea creature can’t stop visitor rates declining after ten years of operation – and in order to fulfil a corporate ‘mandate’ a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest.
Unfortunately said attraction is a genetically-modified hybrid mutant dinosaur called Indominus Rex (a kind of super T-Rex), but things backfire horribly – much to the chagrin of Bryce Dallas Howard’s (The Help) park operations manager and Vincent D’Onofrio’s (Netflix’s Daredevil series) head of security.