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Jurassic Park (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Steven Spielberg 1993 dinosaur blockbuster masterpiece adaption of the best-selling Michael Crichton book, on the big screen for the first time. Having never been able to have seen on the big screen myself, all I can say is wow. Even for it's time the special effects are amazing (even there time) that this movie seems less outdated then it would be.
Having read the Michael Crichton book (and it's sequel) I can say as an adaption, it did take certain liberties with the book (Hammond being more of a grandfather than a coward, or Donald Gennero being a coward), but letting all that aside it's a very entertaining movie.
The plot follows two paleontologists (Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler played by Sam Neill and Laura Dern) who are summonded by Billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to visit his new amusement park that's he planing to open. Joining them are a Mathematician named Ian Malcolm (who's character just for the record disappears near the end of the book and doesn't appear again), and a lawyer named Donald Gennero (played by Martin Ferrero, don't we all just hate that blasted lawyer). John Hammond wants them to try out his park so they can examine it, and give there own opinions.
Much to their surprise (and a big surprise) the park is full of dinosaurs (made using mosquito blood which is spliced together with other animals such as fill in order to fill the gaps of the genetic strains). The Dinosaurs are kept near steel bars so as to not escape and wreck havoc.
That being said Hammond wants them to take a tour of his park along with his grand-kids Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello, who is obsessed Grant, which delights and annoys him at the same time).
While this is going one of the people working at InGen (the company responsible for making the dinosaurs) a computer program named Dennis Nerdly is attempting to shut down the park so he can steal Dinosaur embroys to give to a rival company.
Nerdly is successful in shutting down the park, but eventually meets his death in a gruesome way (won't spoil it for anyone who's seen the film), and the Dinosaur are released, leading to several scenes involving characters meeting their deaths. It especially becomes a problem as it means that the T-Rex is free. The rest of the story is about how the people staying at Jurassic Park attempt to survive getting eaten by dinosaur.
This film is one of my favorites, and while the story is fairly light, the special effects are a must, even for their time the special effects are astounding (and seeing it on the big screen, didn't change my opinion at all, just look at the dinosaurs amazing). The direction is well done (Spielberg is truly one of the greatest modern day directors working right now), and I admit the acting is a little lame (save for a few performances), but hey why do you expect good acting from a film, when all your actors are running around screaming all the time. The script works, making sense of the plot and not creating too many plot-holes. As a whole this film has really stood up, quite well, and seeing it on the big screen was a treat.
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