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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Sam Neill
Jeff Goldblum
Laura Dern.
Directors
Steven Spielberg.
Screenwriters
Michael Crichton
David Koepp.
Running Time
127 minutes

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Jurassic Park
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Plot
A Billionaire (Attenborough) has cracked the code for cloning dinosaur DNA, and has built a theme park with living, breathing dinosaur attractions, which he hopes to make open to the public. A group of scientists are invited to preview the park, but malfunction, and hair-raising adventure is just around the corner...


Review
With Jurassic Park, the man who invented the summer event movie took Michael Crichton's tome and transformed it into an awe-inspiring blockbuster using every inch of screen.

Richard Attenborough is billionaire boffin John Hammond who plans to open a theme park on a remote Costa Rican island featuring dinosaurs genetically modelled from fossil DNA. Sneak preview visitors include palaeontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Satler (Neill and Dern), chaos theory expert Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) but the park goes off-line, the dinos escape and prehysteria breaks loose.

Spielberg treads gradually, building up an impending sense of menace over the first hour with evolutionary arguments hammering home the theory that dino-recreation is a Really Bad Thing. Then he lets rip on an unforgettable second half, with set piece after set piece. So the script and the performances aren't exactly Oscar material, but it scarcely matters given that the real stars here are the ILM-created dinosaurs, a miracle of modern moviemaking...


Verdict
Cliché or no, there's no getting around it - quite simply one of the greatest blockbusters of all time.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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One of the first films i saw in the cinema (i was 10 at the time), it was and still is my favourate film ever, and i'll have a soft spot for it until the day i die. It got me reading, and it got me into movies so i owe JP a lot. ... More

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Posted by Nalfeshnee at 23:21, 03 September 2006 | Report This Post


Brilliant. definitely spielbergs best. bought it on video then got it on dvd as soon as it came out, must have seen it atleast 7 or 8 times, shame about the other two, lost world could have been good aswell ... More

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Posted by olmeister at 13:45, 13 April 2006 | Report This Post


amazing - the tension is built wonderfully up to the point where the water shakes - heart pounding - amazing. ... More

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Posted by luvinfilms at 09:32, 13 March 2006 | Report This Post


Jurassic Park

Best. Film. Ever I love this film with all my heart. Anyone of doesnt like it is either lying or trying to be very controversial. Its a classic film with magnificient special effects, great acting, music, excitement, scares and direction. Long Live JP! ... More

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Posted by pumpkin_ghost at 18:15, 16 February 2006 | Report This Post


STILL AMAZING TODAY.

After all the years since Jurassic Park was first released this is still a truly heart pounding and totally thrilling movie.   From the word go this movie delivers great set pieces, great performances (from Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough), a memroable score from John Williams and great dinosaurs that feel so real even today. From the tense T- Rex attack and car chase, the truly scary Raptors stalking Tim and Lex in the kitchen and that truly astounding f... More

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