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We Review: Jurassic World IMAX 3D “Almost as good as Jurassic Park. 5 stars, Highly Recomended” – MR

Jurassic World

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Jurassic World
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Rick Jaffa
  • Amanda Silver
Based on Characters created
by Michael Crichton
Starring
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Edited by Kevin Stitt
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 10, 2015(Belgium premiere[1])
  • June 12, 2015(United States)
Running time
123 minutes[2][3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million[4][5]
Box office $24.5 million[6]

Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was co-written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver,Derek Connolly, and Trevorrow. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. Wong is the only actor from any of the previous films to appear in Jurassic World.

A fourth film was initially intended to begin production in 2004 for a summer 2005 release, but endured over a decade of “development hell” as scheduled release dates were pushed back several times while the script went through revisions. Steven Spielberg, director of the first two Jurassic Park films, acts as executive producer as he did for the third film. Thomas Tull also acts as an executive producer;[7] his production company,Legendary Pictures, funded approximately 20 percent of the film’s budget.[8] The film was produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, and is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2015 in European countries and on June 12 in North America, by Universal Pictures.

Plot

22 years after the Isla Nublar incident, siblings Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) go to Jurassic World, a new, fully functional dinosaur theme park located on the island, to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park operations manager. Upon arriving on the island, they find that Claire is too busy to spend time with them and are left in the care of her assistant Zara (Katie McGrath). Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), the park’s owner, arrives and takes Claire to see their new genetically modified dinosaur, the Indominus rex. Upon inspection, he tells her he wants Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a Velociraptor expert and trainer, to make sure the enclosure is adequate.

Owen is approached by Vic Hoskins, the head of InGen security, who proposes to use the raptors (Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo) as a weapon. However, one of the staff falls into the raptor enclosure and Owen rescues him before barely escaping, proving that the raptors are not tame. Gray and Zach leave Zara and explore the park before traveling on the monorail to the gyrosphere attraction. Claire arrives at Owen’s bungalow, having previously shared a relationship with him, and asks him to accompany her back to the Indominus enclosure; he reluctantly agrees. After arriving at the enclosure, they find that the Indominus has seemingly scaled the wall and escaped. After Owen and two staff enter the enclosure for further inspection, the Indominus ambushes them, having faked its escape, and kills both staff. Owen escapes by hiding under a vehicle and cutting the fuel hose to douse himself in gasoline to hide his scent.

Masrani sends an ACU team led by Katashi Hamada (Brian Tee) to capture the Indominus, but find that she has clawed out the tracking device they implanted in her. The entire team is then killed by the camouflagedIndominus. Claire closes off the northern part of the park but Gray and Zach take a gyrosphere off the road and are attacked by the Indominus, although they escape to the now-derelict Jurassic Park visitor’s center. There, they manage to repair a jeep and drive back to the park. Owen and Claire arrive at the visitor’s center soon afterwards but are attacked by the Indominus. Masrani flies after the Indominus in his helicopter, causing it to breach the Jurassic World Aviary. Pteranodons and Dimorphodons attack the helicopter and crash it into the aviary, killing Masrani and freeing the other pterosaurs inside.

Zach and Gray arrive back at the park as the pterosaurs begin attacking tourists. Zara finds them but is quickly picked up by a Pteranodon and dropped into the Mosasaur lagoon, where she is eaten along with anotherPteranodon. Owen and Claire arrive and reunite with Gray and Zach. Hoskins takes command of Jurassic World and decides that they will use the raptors to find and kill the Indominus, with Owen reluctantly agreeing. However, the Indominus communicates with the raptors, revealing that it was also created with raptor DNA. The raptors turn on the team and begin killing the soldiers while the Indominus flees, with Owen managing to escape.

Cast

Our Thoughts:

Jurrasic World was way better than installments 2 or 3. For one the effects have improved greatly. Two, the rightful alpha gets the final scene, which has dissapointed me in the past movies.

The new characters are awesome, both good and bad, and the plot rivaled that of Michael Crichton’s original, Jurassic Park. I really cannot find a complaint about this movie, other than after the climax no one addresses the other five thousand dinosaurs, that got loose from their pens during all the mayhem, death , and destruction. Other than that, I highly recommend Jurassic World. It is a solid, quality story,  full of tension, a little romance, and pure tooth filled intensity.  5 stars, and well worth the price of the IMAX 3D ticket. – MR

 

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We review, SPY “Not only funny, but a ‘destined-to-be’ classic spy movie as well.” – MR

Spy (2015 film)

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Spy
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Teaser poster
Directed by Paul Feig
Produced by
Written by Paul Feig
Starring
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Robert Yeoman
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 15, 2015 (SXSW)
  • June 5, 2015 (United States)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65 million[2]
Box office $12.7 million[3]

Spy is a 2015 American action comedy film written and directed by Paul Feig.[4] The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Nargis Fakhri, Allison Janney, and Jude Law. Distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Feigco Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment, the film was released on June 5, 2015. The film has received very positive reviews from critics.

Plot

Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst guiding her partner and agent Bradley Fine (Law) on a mission to Bulgaria. After witnessing Fine accidentally killing his target without finding the nuclear football device they are after, Susan guides him on his escape back to the United States. Meanwhile, the agency learns that the target’s daughter Rayna Boyanov (Byrne) might know the location of her father’s device; so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, Fine is apparently shot dead by Rayna, which enrages Susan, who also discovers that Rayna had known the identities of all the agency’s top agents, including Fine and Rick Ford (Statham). After Fine’s funeral, Susan volunteers to become a field agent. Since she never was one before, her boss Elaine Crocker (Janney) agrees on condition that she won’t get close to either Rayna or her contact, Italian playboy Sergio De Luca (Cannavale), as she could break her cover. Ford quits in dismay.

Susan is sent to Paris, where the agency places her to spy on De Luca. After unexpectedly finding Ford there also, she sees an assassin working for De Luca (Fakhri) exchanging his bag with a bomb; she is successful in warning him which leads to Ford throwing the bomb into the river where it explodes. Susan follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo (Sefranowicz); a clumsy informant who has feelings for her, and yet, she decides to break her cover by going inside a casino just to retrieve more intelligence on De Luca. She instead meets Rayna, and quickly befriends her after successfully preventing an attempt of someone spiking her drink. Gaining Rayna’s trust, the two use her private plane to go to Budapest. Along the way, its pilot tries to kill Rayna, but Susan is able to subdue him and take control of the plane in time before it crashes onto the Alps. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan’s best friend Nancy (Hart); who is sent by Crocker to make sure of Susan’s condition, and Aldo. Suddenly, another vehicle appears and starts opening fire. Nancy tries to get Rayna to safety, while Susan pursues the vehicle on a Vespa, finding out that its driver is double agent Karen Walker (Baccarin); who sold Rayna the names of the agents. As Walker is about to kill Susan, she is evidently shot and killed by an unknown sniper.

Our Thoughts

This move was a real spy flick, not just a comedy. But it was a comedy, make no mistake about it. Spy is a MUST SEE! The last line of the film, might be the funniest. Stay for the credits.  5 stars – MR

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