Movie Review – Jurassic Park (1993)


Movie Synopsis:

Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, this action adventure sees several scientists arriving on an island off the coast of Costa Rica to check out a new amusement park being developed. However they are shocked to discover the park has found a way to clone dinosaurs. The amazement of this turns to shock however, when power outages and a corrupt IT staffer lead to dangerous situations for all on the remote island.

Movie Review:

This was a fantastic movie based on a fantastic novel from the 1990s. This film really showcased some leading advances in special effects for the time, which were well executed here. I recall first seeing this film in theatres in 1993 and crowds being so excited and overwhelmed with the special effects and the realism of the dinosaurs that a viewer actually through popcorn in the air when the first t-rex popped into view. In addition to advances in effects for the time, there were also fantastic acting performances by the large cast, including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight.  The storyline was also fabulous, with excellent character development, a good focus on the action and suspense, and some excellent complex themes being explored including the dangers in genetics and cloning, themes which remain relevant today as well.  Director Steven Spielberg has done a great job balancing a variety of ideas and themes while keeping the action and suspense moving.  Overall, this movie continues to hold value over 20 years later, and remains a true classic to watch. Well done!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars.