But best in show goes to the sequence where park visitors are attacked by pterodactyls that pluck them from the ground like mice—an homage to “The Birds” that amounts to Treverrow doing Spielberg doing Hitchcock. You can say a lot of things about this director, but not that he lacks confidence.
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Jurassic World (2015)
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction action film. It is the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise and the first in the Jurassic World trilogy. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, alongside Derek Connolly and Trevorrow from a story by Jaffa and Silver, and produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, the film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan.
Set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. A successful theme park of cloned dinosaurs, dubbed Jurassic World, has operated on the island for years, bringing John Hammond’s dream to fruition. The park plunges into chaos when a transgenic dinosaur escapes from its enclosure and goes on a rampage, while a conspiracy orchestrated by the park’s staff creates more dangers.
Universal Pictures intended to begin production of a fourth Jurassic Park film in 2004 for a mid-2005 release but was in development hell while the script underwent several revisions. Following a suggestion from executive producer Steven Spielberg, writers Jaffa and Silver explored the idea of a functional dinosaur park.
Once Trevorrow was hired as director in 2013, he followed the same idea while developing a new script with Connolly. Filming lasted from April to August 2014 in Louisiana and Hawaii. The dinosaurs were created by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic using CGI and by Legacy Effects using life-sized animatronics. Production was completed in May 2015.
Jurassic World was released in the United States on June 12, 2015. It grossed $1.6 billion in box office revenue, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release. It was also the second-highest-grossing film of 2015 and the highest-grossing in the franchise. Two sequels have been released: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022).
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Jaded park visitors are compared to Americans who lost interest in moon missions after the first one, and require “bigger, louder” dinosaurs with “more teeth.” The movie is talking about the “Park” series itself, which introduced new dinos each time out to keep viewers interested, and easily bored movie audiences in the age of computer-generated imagery, technology that the first two “Park” films made fashionable.
It’s also talking about the steady escalation of scale in the blockbuster, which mandated that the each new incarnation of Godzilla be larger than the previous one, and birthed superhero films so inflated that on those rare occasions when the good guys save the human race instead of the universe, critics congratulate the filmmakers for daring to be intimate.
The cartoon character “Mr. DNA” makes a brief cameo here, as a prelude to discussions of the new predator; ditto the original compound headquarters and the “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” banner, and they all remind us of how intimate the first movie now seems, and how comparatively old-fashioned.
There’s an even better scene where teenager Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson), one of two brothers visiting the park, takes a cell phone call from his mom while behind him, a T-Rex approaches a goat in a paddock that’s decorated to evoke the spot where another T-Rex tore apart two land cruisers in the first “Jurassic Park.”
Apparently the elapsed time has turned a moment of life-changing terror for Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill and company into just another theme for an exhibit. The young man in the foreground is so bored with what’s happening behind him—just as, presumably, young moviegoers are bored by 1990s Spielberg films? I hope not—that he doesn’t look up from his phone when the T-Rex eats the goat. This scene resonates with that moon missions comment.
It also connects to a scene where a whale-sized predator in a Sea World-style aquatic theater leaps from the water and bites a great white shark off a dangling hook; this is a marvelous image on its own terms, but even better when you realize that it’s summing up the last forty years of summer blockbuster cinema, starting with “Jaws.” Every twelve months there’s a bigger fish.
She wears high heels all through the movie so that she can look dumb running in mud and give Owen a crowd-pleasing line about her “ridiculous shoes”—shoes that the screenplay placed on her feet. All this stuff is a throwback to 1960s macho adventure pictures in which the he-man-of-nature knew best—knew everything, really—and the little lady was onscreen to get in the hero’s way, scream, cry, and have her dedication to her career, her failure to produce children, and her lack of maternal warmth treated as fair game for sneering jokes.
Claire rallies near the end, of course, and does brave things in those heels, but the overall effect is so tonally inappropriate that you may wonder which of the film’s producers went through a divorce recently. It’s possible to filter out the irritating aspects and enjoy the movie as a raucous, often brilliantly assembled spectacle. But we shouldn’t have to. The fact that we do makes an otherwise hugely impressive sequel feel small-minded.
Jurassic World (2015) Credits
Jurassic World (2015)
Chris Pratt as Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire
Jake M. Johnson as Lowery
Judy Greer as Karen Mitchell
Vincent D’Onofrio as Morton
Nick Robinson as Zach
Lauren Lapkus as Vivian
Omar Sy as Barry
B.D. Wong as Henry Wu
Irrfan Khan as Masrani
- Michael Crichton
- Rick Jaffa
- Amanda Silver
- Derek Connolly
- Mark Protosevich
- Colin Trevorrow
- Rick Jaffa
- Amanda Silver
- Michael Giacchino
Director of Photography
- John Schwartzman
- Kevin Stitt
Jurassic World (2015) Plot
Brothers Zach and Gray Mitchell visit Jurassic World, a dinosaur theme park on Isla Nublar, of which their aunt Claire Dearing is the operations manager. Claire assigns her assistant Zara as the boys’ guide, but they evade her and explore on their own.
Elsewhere on the island, Navy veteran and ethologist Owen Grady has been training a Velociraptor squad composed of Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo, and researching their intelligence. Based on the raptors’ ability to follow commands, head of InGen security Vic Hoskins believes that the animals can be weaponized, an idea Owen and his assistant Barry vehemently oppose.
Prior to its opening, Claire and park owner Simon Masrani inspect the park’s newest attraction, the Indominus rex, a transgenic dinosaur created by geneticist Dr. Henry Wu. Masrani tasks Owen with evaluating the enclosure’s security. Owen warns Claire that the Indominus lacks social skills, making it dangerous and unpredictable. When the Indominus seemingly escapes her compound, Owen and two park workers enter the enclosure. The Indominus, which can camouflage itself and mask its heat signature, suddenly appears.
Owen survives, but it devours the other two men before escaping into the island’s interior. Realizing that it is highly vicious and intelligent, Owen advises Masrani to have the specimen destroyed, but to protect his company’s investment, Masrani dispatches a specialized unit to subdue it with non-lethal weaponry so that it can safely be returned to its paddock. After most of the unit is slaughtered, Claire orders the evacuation of the island’s northern sector, while Masrani ponders Owen’s warning and accosts Wu.
While exploring the park in a tour vehicle, Zach and Gray enter a restricted area. The Indominus arrives and destroys the vehicle, but the boys narrowly escape. They find the ruins of the original Jurassic Park visitor center, repair an old Jeep Wrangler, and drive back to the park resort. As Claire and Owen search for the boys, they barely escape the Indominus as well.
Masrani and two troopers hunt down the Indominus by helicopter, but it breaks into the park’s aviary. The pterosaurs, startled by the Indominus, flee the aviary and attack Masrani’s helicopter, resulting it in crashing and killing its passengers, before converging onto the resort, and attacking everyone, including Zara who is then devoured by a Mosasaurus. Zach and Gray find Owen and Claire at the resort as armed personnel shoot down the pterosaurs.
Assuming command, Hoskins orders the raptors to be used to track the Indominus, whereupon Owen reluctantly complies and spearheads the assault with the raptors. Upon finding the Indominus, the dinosaurs begin communicating among themselves. Owen realizes that the Indominus has Velociraptor DNA, and it usurps Owen’s command of the raptors, becoming the pack’s new alpha.
Troops fire on the Indominus, but it escapes. The raptors slaughter most of the soldiers, while Charlie is killed in the chaos. Hoskins evacuates Dr. Wu and the dinosaur embryos from the island to protect Dr. Wu’s research. Owen, Claire, and the boys find Hoskins at the lab securing more embryos, but Delta breaks in and kills him. Owen re-establishes his bond with the three surviving raptors before the Indominus reappears.
They attack the hybrid, but Delta and Echo are killed while Blue is knocked unconscious. Claire releases the Jurassic Park’s veteran Tyrannosaurus rex from its paddock and lures it into a battle with the Indominus. The Indominus eventually gains the advantage over the Tyrannosaurus until Blue recovers and joins the battle. The duo overwhelms the Indominus until it gets cornered at the lagoon’s edge, where it is dragged underwater by the resident Mosasaurus.
The survivors are evacuated and the island is abandoned once again. Zach and Gray are reunited with their parents, while Owen and Claire decide to stay together.
Jurassic World (2015) Box office
Jurassic World grossed $653.4 million in the United States and Canada and $1.018 billion in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.672 billion. It set a box office record during its opening weekend, becoming the first film to collect over $500 million in a single weekend. The film crossed the $1 billion mark within 14 days, making it the fastest film at the time to reach that milestone, surpassing Furious 7.
Deadline Hollywood calculated the film’s net profit as $474 million, accounting for production budgets, marketing, talent participations, and other costs; box office grosses and home media revenues placed it third on their list of 2015’s “Most Valuable Blockbusters”. It is also the second of three films following Furious 7 and Minions to surpass $1 million in 4DX admissions worldwide.
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Predictions for the opening of Jurassic World in the U.S. and Canada were continuously revised upwards, starting from $125 million to $200 million. It opened on Friday, June 12, 2015, in 4,274 theaters and earned $81.9 million on its opening day, marking the fifth-biggest opening day and the fifth-biggest single-day gross, as well as the highest June opening day, surpassing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
The film’s Friday gross included $18.5 million from 3,229 theaters in its early Thursday showings—a record for Universal. Excluding Thursday-night grosses, the film earned the largest opening-day gross ($63.5 million). It also set a single-day IMAX record of $8.6 million and a Saturday-and-Sunday gross record of $69.6 million and $57.2 million, respectively.
In total, it earned $208,806,270 for its debut weekend, setting an opening-weekend record and an IMAX opening record of $20.6 million—10.2% of the total opening gross—from 363 IMAX theaters, surpassing The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises simultaneously. Additionally, it had the largest June opening weekend, breaking the previous record held by Man of Steel. 3D accounted for 48% of the total opening gross. RealD 3D comprised $70 million of the opening gross.
The opening-weekend audience was evenly split between under-25s over-25s—39% were under age 25, 61% age 25 years and above. 52% of the audience were male and 48% were female. On its fourth day of release, Jurassic World made $25.6 million, making it the third-highest Monday gross, after Spider-Man 2 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This was also the biggest non-holiday Monday gross of any film at the time, knocking out The Dark Knight.
The film set a record for the largest second-weekend gross, its revenue dropping by 49% to $106.6 million and it topped the North American box office for three consecutive weekends. Other records set by the film at the time include the biggest weekend-per-theater average for a wide release—$48,855 per theater— the fastest film to reach $100 million and each additional $50 million through $600 million, and the largest cumulative gross through every day of release until and including its fifty-third day—with the exception of its first day.
As of June 21, 2015, screenings in RealD, IMAX and premium large format had grossed $132 million, $42 million and $23.1 million, respectively. On Friday, July 17, the movie’s revenue reached $600 million, becoming the fourth and quickest to do so in 36 days.
Jurassic World was released in 63 countries. Outside the United States and Canada, the film opened on Wednesday, June 10, in eight countries, earning $24 million. On Thursday, June 11, it grossed another $46 million from 37 markets for a two-day total of $70 million from 45 countries. It was released in 21 more countries on June 12, earning $60 million, which is Universal’s highest-grossing international Friday of all time, for a three-day total of $130 million from 66 countries.
Until Sunday, June 14, it had a five-day opening weekend total of $316.1 million from 66 countries from 19,612 screens, representing 31% of its overseas gross and setting an opening-weekend record, beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. This included an IMAX opening record of $23.5 million from 443 IMAX theaters in 56 countries, surpassing the record that was previously held by Transformers: Age of Extinction. 3D showings accounted for 65% of the film’s revenue (equivalent to $205 million).
Additional records include the highest single-day IMAX gross with $6.5 million on Saturday, June 12. Revenues in its second weekend dropped by 47.4% to $166.7 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Deadline Hollywood reported a 48.3% drop to $163.4 million. Jurassic World topped the box office outside of North America for three consecutive weekends.
The film had the biggest opening day of all time for Universal in Hong Kong; the second-biggest in Australia, France, Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, and South Korea; and the biggest opening day of all time in Panama. It also scored the biggest opening for Universal in nine countries, including Australia, China, Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, and Malta. In China, it grossed $17.77 million on its opening day (including $1.39 million from midnight runs), which is the tenth-biggest of all time and went on to earn $100.1 million in its opening weekend, which is the third-biggest of all time.
It also scored the second-biggest IMAX opening there with $11.8 million. Following China, its largest openings outside of the U.S. and Canada occurred in the UK, Ireland and Malta ($30.1 million), France and the Maghreb region ($14.7 million), Mexico ($14.6 million), South Korea ($14.2 million) and Japan ($13 million).
In South Korea, the film was released during the 2015 MERS outbreak as the U.S. film studios are debarred from altering their scheduled dates, resulting the film’s attendance to fall from that date and the local films’ release dates to be postponed by their distributors.
IMAX tickets sales grossed $42.1 million as of June 21, 2015. In total earnings, its largest markets outside the United States and Canada were China ($205.2 million), the United Kingdom ($100.4 million), Japan ($75.2 million), Germany ($49.2 million), Mexico ($44.3 million), and South Korea ($43.9 million).
Jurassic World (2015) Critical Response
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Jurassic World has an approval rating of 71% based on 357 reviews and an average rating of 6.6/10. Its critical consensus reads: “Jurassic World can’t match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining – and visually dazzling – popcorn thriller”. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 59 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film four stars out of five and said it is a “terrifically enjoyable and exciting summer spectacular” and “savvy, funny, ridiculous in just the right way”. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph also awarded it four stars, deeming it a worthy sequel to the original Jurassic Park and calling it “methodically paced and shot with an awestruck visual sense that’s pure Spielberg”.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave it three stars out of four and wrote: “It’s not the cynical, cash-in cheesefest you feared. OK, Jurassic World is a little of that. But this state-of-the-art dino epic is also more than a blast of rumbling, roaring, ‘did you effing see that!’ fun”. He praised Trevorrow’s direction, Pratt’s and Howard’s performances and the effects.
[Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy said the film was not “terribly scary” and criticized the romance between Owen and Claire, but he praised the CGI implementation, the film’s musical score, and claimed there is a “certain low-key affability about Trevorrow’s approach that marks him a likeable humanist”.
UK film website Movie Metropolis rated the film four stars out of five noting that while Jurassic World is missing some “soul” and “charm” from the original, it is the first sequel “worthy of the brand”. David Crow, writing for Den of Geek, considered Jurassic World a legacy sequel and wrote that it gave fans “everything they loved about the first one without trying to change things up”.
The Associated Press praised Pratt and Howard’s performances but rated the film two stars out of four, calling it “an ugly, over-saturated movie” that lacks the “deft sense of wonderment, wit and suspense that guided the original”.
Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post also rated it two stars out of four, writing “every action movie today ends up as Transformers and, even when it’s cloned creatures fighting, the same is true here (with an antic dash of “Sharknado” tossed in for good measure). It’s not ambition or technical know-how or even plucky resourcefulness that save the day in Jurassic World, it’s good old-fashioned anthropomorphism. Humans, it seems, never learn. But if we did, where would sequels come from?”
Spielberg said, “To see Jurassic World come to life is almost like seeing Jurassic Park come true”, while Sam Neill also praised the film and its acting. Several news publications, as well as Neill, noted the violence of the franchise’s first notable depiction of a woman being killed onscreen, and Entertainment Weekly wrote: “There’s nothing amusing about the demise of Zara, who’s as close to ‘real people’ as Jurassic World gets, and it’s that unsettling quality about her death that more Hollywood disaster epics need in order to reclaim their visceral emotional prowess”.
Several news outlets, such as The New York Times, New York and Slate, considered the film’s depiction of Claire, including her use of high heels throughout the film, to be sexist.
Additionally, several websites have noted plot and character similarities between Jurassic World and the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea. Entertainment website Dark Horizons stated in its coverage of Jurassic World that “some aren’t warming to the Deep Blue Sea meets Jaws 3-D storyline”, while entertainment website Flickering Myth posted the story “Deja Vu: Isn’t Jurassic World just Deep Blue Sea with dinosaurs?”, which outlined plot and character similarities between the two films.
Jurassic World (2015) Accolades
In December 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences placed Jurassic World on its shortlist of potential nominees for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated for an Academy Award. The film received the following nominations and awards from other organizations:
|Year||Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipients||Result|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||Vincent D’Onofrio||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Bryce Dallas Howard||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Hissy Fit||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Hollywood Visual Effects Award||Tim Alexander||Won|
|World Soundtrack Academy||Film Composer of the Year||Michael Giacchino (also for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Inside Out, Jupiter Ascending, Tomorrowland)||Won|
|2016||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actor||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|Favorite Action Movie||Nominated|
|Favorite Action Movie Actor||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|Critics’ Choice Movie Awards||Best Action Movie||Nominated|
|Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie||Nominated|
|Best Actor in an Action Movie||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|Best Actress in an Action Movie||Bryce Dallas Howard||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Action Performance By Stunt Ensemble Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Art Directors Guild||Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film – Fantasy Film||Edward Verreaux||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society||Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature||Martyn Culpitt, Jao Sita, Yuta Shimizu, Michael Billette (for Jungle Chase)||Nominated|
|Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project||Steve Jubinville, Martin Murphy, Aaron Gret, Kevin Reuter (for Indominus Rex)||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Animated Effects in a Live Action Production||Nominated|
|Character Animation in a Live Action Production||Indominus Rex||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Sound (Editing and Mixing)||Christopher Boyes, Pete Horner, Kirk Francis, Al Nelson and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Tim Alexander, Glen McIntosh, Tony Plett and Michael Meinardus||Nominated|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Movie||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actor||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Movie of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Male Performance||Chris Pratt||Nominated|
|Best Action Performance||Chris Pratt||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Science Fiction||Nominated|
|Best Director||Colin Trevorrow||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Ty Simpkins||Won|
|Best Editing||Kevin Stitt||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Ed Verreaux||Nominated|
|Best Special Effects||John Rosengrant, Michael Lantieri, and Tim Alexander||Nominated|
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