I remember that day clearly. I was ten years old and knew all kinds of things about dinosaurs because my seven-year-old brother loved them. We shared dino facts in the movie theater while waiting for the movie that would change our lives; the Stars Wars for my generation. The two of us were positive that the T-rex would be the scariest dino of all. It’s huge and eats meat! But will there be a triceratops or a stegosaurs? I would love to go to a dinosaur island! How cool! Cue the dark theater. The low, somber music. The Velociraptor that can open doors. The T-rex that eats cars. Cue mayhem and madness.
But those 10 and 7 year olds didn’t run. They loved the movie and how scary it was. They laughed at their mom, a thirty year, who old had dinosaurs nightmare. Jurassic Park became THE movie, and we could not be swayed. Fast forward twenty years. My brother and I are fully grown and headed to the theater to see the famed movie in 3D for his birthday.
In case you’ve been encased in amber all these years, I’ll spell the plot for you. Man clones dinosaurs. Man invites grandkids and scientists to his park. Fat guy gets greedy and shuts down all the systems in the park. Dinosaurs run loose. Spitter kills Fat Guy. Children are terrorized by
T-Rex. It just gets worse from there.
This twentieth anniversary 3-D version is worth the price of new admission. Steven Spielberg was ahead of the time with the graphics in the early ’90 and that pays off now. Spielberg had almost documentary feel to the film, shooting in and from the action. This allowed the 3D artists to take apart your surrounding and layer them for depth taking the viewers into the park. Two movements come to mind. When the car is stuck in the tree, the limbs are layered in a way that you feel you are in the tree. The second moments are in the Visitor’s Center with Hammond and Sattler. The camera starts on Hammond and pans to show Settler standing where you previously couldn’t see her. The motion of the camera combined with the great depth perception spooked me as I realized that, suddenly, someone was there.
The 3D easily adds to the scare. The immortal sequence of the water shaking as the T-rex stomps through is more vibrant and the theatrer sound literally shakes you. The raptor’s eyes, claws, and tails move so quickly that you physically shy away from them. Looking directly on their creepy eyes sends chills. It’s even scarier than that first time.
So many movies slap on 3D to either beef up crappy films or use the veil to get you to re-see a classic movie. This is the best revamp yet, taking you in the dino carnage and really scaring the pants of you.
The only negative thing is that Michael Chriton didn’t live to see this. He would have loved it. He would have loved it and then written a screenplay about what could go wrong with realistic entertainment. Oh wait, he did—West World.