Chris Pratt makes Jurassic Park succeed

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FILM REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD (12A) SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW

CAST: CHRIS PRATT, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, VINCENT D’ONOFRIO, TY SIMPKINS, NICK ROBINSON, BD WONG, JAKE JOHNSON, OMAR SY, JUDY GREER & IRRFAN KHAN

RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS 4 MINS

DIRECTOR: COLIN TREVORROW

I have such a soft spot for the 1993 film Jurassic Park. Both the story and the visuals blew me away.

It’s unsurprising when you think that 22 years ago, there was very little around like it. The movie was a game changer. Even today, I consider the T.rex/Jeep scene as one of the best action sequences ever made.

So, I walked into my screening of Jurassic World with high expectations. Did it deliver the goods?

Steven Spielberg returns for the fourth instalment of the Jurassic franchise – not as director, but as a heavily involved executive producer. Colin Trevorrow is now in the directing chair, introducing us to a world where John Hammond’s dream of a fully-functioning dinosaur park is a reality.

Jurassic World has been open to business for a while and people’s interest in the attraction is already deteriorating.

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is in charge of overseeing the launch of an exciting new attraction, the Indominus rex – an enormous and terrifying hybrid dinosaur. You can probably guess what happens next.

The Indominus rex escapes its pen and runs wild around the park. It’s up to Claire and a velociraptor handler named Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to stop the creature before it reaches the unsuspecting customers.

It’s Chris Pratt who makes this film what it is. It’s no surprise that he’s tipped to be the next Indiana Jones, as he provides just the right amount of muscle, charm and humour to his role as Owen.

Unlike Jurassic Park, this instalment offers no surprises, but it is everything you could want from a summer blockbuster. It’s action-packed, a lot of fun, and the characters are likeable – meaning you’ll actually care about their safety.

Considering Jurassic World has gobbled up the competition to score the biggest worldwide box office opening weekend ever (£329m) I think we’ll be seeing another instalment before we know it – and I already can’t wait to see it.

Rating: 4/5

Mikey Clarke