Review: Few films manage to create history, even fewer set a benchmark for other contemporaries of its genre 20 years later. Despite having originally released in 1993, Jurassic Park 3D leaves you as awe-struck as it would back then. Your heart doesn’t stop pounding even once and the film’s beauty doesn’t merely lie in its technical and aesthetic brilliance but also in the fact that it manages to engage you till the credits roll which unfortunately cannot be said for other films of its genre.
One can only imagine how challenging it must have been for Steven Spielberg to make a film on a prehistoric mammal that is considered deadly and something most humans knew nothing about then. As Sam Neill rightly said, “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution… how can we possibly have the slightest idea of what to expect?”
It isn’t just the CGI which makes the film a masterpiece but it’s the writing, the characters you find yourself relating to, the powerful background score which stays with you hours after the film. There’s something everyone can take home and alas, the film can even convert a non sci-fi fan into an avid one.
In order to certify his theme park: Jurassic Park safe, its CEO, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invites paleontologist, Dr. Alan Grant and paleobotanist, Dr. Ellie Sattler (Sam Neill and Laura Dern respectively) to certify the park safe. Accompanying the duo and Mr. Hammond are Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero), an attorney who represents potential investors and mathematician, Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Also accompanying them on their tour of the park are Hammond’s grandchildren, Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello).
However, their tour is canceled because an incoming storm that hits this tropical island situated near Costa Rica. Furthermore, computer programmer, Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), one of Jurassic Park’s employees has been paid by a corporate rival to steal dinosaur embryos. To access the embryo storage room, Nedry needs to deactivate the park’s security system which deactivates the park’s electric fences which result in a Tyrannosaurus on the loose. One can see why this blockbuster was the highest grosser of its times until Titanic. Even the awards it garnered simply don’t seem enough. It is not often that you vividly remember scenes from a film, you still find yourself shuddering when the Tyrannosaurus throws the car on the tree, stranding Tim. The film has its share of witty moments too for instance when Dr. Ellie Sattler retorts back saying how women will eventually take over the world!
You can’t help but feel devastated too for Hammond… yes, that’s the magic of movies, they make you feel like you belong to that alternate reality. And, that is precisely what Steven Spielberg has achieved through Jurassic Park 3D. Not only does this epic give you an adrenalin rush but the moments it leaves you breathless are far too many. Right from the top angle shots of the island to the dinosaurs captured stunningly, the cinematography is exquisite to say the least. Releasing it in 3D was just an excuse to re-release it.
Even in comparison to other sci-fi films which make you reel disgustedly, Jurassic Park 3D leaves you speechless, apart from its cinematic brilliance, the film has some very relevant messages which I shall not reveal (for those who haven’t caught it even once in their lifetimes). So take some time out of your hectic schedule and catch it while it’s still playing, you won’t regret it.