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Jurassic Park is the brainchild of wealthy entrepreneur John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) who is creating what he believes will be the world's most unusual theme park. Hoping to calm nervous investors, he invites a group of carefully selected people, along with his two grandchildren, to come and experience then endorse his attraction, which is filled with live, genetically engineered dinosaurs.
Amongst the visitors are palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and palaeo-botanist Dr. Ellie Satler (Laura Dern). After years of studying fossilized remains, it is little surprise that the two scientists are wonder-struck by seeing these creatures living and breathing (as will the audience). However, they have some reservations regarding the wisdom and incurred responsibility of introducing the global co-habitation of dinosaurs and man. And well they should, because a plot to steal Mr. Hammond's research is about to bring these two species a little too close for comfort.
As in all good monster flics, the script includes several characters destined to be devoured. You can rest assured that the stereotypical nerdy computer technician (Wayne Knight) and whiney lawyer (Martin Ferrero) are on the top of the list. Some of the others are less obvious choices, which helps add to the suspense.
While many of the scare tactics (like the dark and stormy night) are typical for this genre, director Steven Spielberg uses a scientifically plausible premise, good pacing, and incredible special effects to achieve a very convincing, action packed adventure which capitalizes on the dinosaur craze.
Despite the marketing strategies that may suggest otherwise, this is not a film for children. Although it is true that the violence is derived from characters fighting for their lives, portraying that conflict is the only motive for making the movie. Even with a minimal amount of gore and a smattering of profanities, there are still many intense and frightening depictions sure to elicit nightmares in young viewers. While this may be an acceptable risk for older teens, those with dino-crazy little ones need to remember that they won't find any cuddly purple plush critters at Jurassic Park!
Original Theatrical Release: 11 June 1993
Jurassic Park is rated PG-13: for intense science fiction terror.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill Laura Dern Steven Spielberg
Studio: 1993 Universal Pictures
Website: Official site for Jurassic Park.