JURASSIC WORLD (12A), SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE SPALDING, FROM TOMORROW
After a 14-year hiatus, the box-office-crushing franchise monster that is Jurassic Park is back.
It has already amassed more than $1.5 billion to become the third biggest film of all-time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
Semi-rebooted under the moniker Jurassic World, it made an immediate shrewd move 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, 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 slowly declining after ten years of operation – and in order to fulfill a corporate ‘mandate’ a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ 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 dismay of Bryce Dallas Howard’s (The Help) ego-centric park operations manager – with her two nephews going AWOL at the worst possible time.
Pound-for-pound the best popcorn-crunching blockbuster of the summer . . .