Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Synopsis: Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Sam Neil and Laura Dern), are paleontologists working on a dig for InGen where they are visited by the head of InGen, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Hammond insists they come with him to an island he owns so he can show them his new theme park in exchange for this he will continue to fund their dig for three more years. On their way to the island they learn that they have been chosen by Hammond to defend him against the company lawyer who is not convinced the park is ready to be opened. The lawyer has brought his own expert with hims in Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) a chaos theorist. Once at the park Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler learn that this is no ordinary park, InGen has actually been able to genetically reproduce dinosaurs and Jurassic Park will be open to the public as soon as possible. After Hammond has explained what he plans to do with the park neither Dr. Grant nor Dr. Malcolm believe this is a good idea because they just don’t know how well humans and dinosaurs can cohabit the Earth successfully. After Hammond’s grandchildren arrive the tour starts and the dinosaurs are not easily visible until they find a sick Triceratops and Dr. Sattler decides to stay behind. Once the power goes out throughout the entire park Dr. Grant and the kids must find there way back to the main building and off the island before it is too late.
Trivia: Director Steven Spielberg was worried that computer graphics meant Nintendo type cartoon quality. He originally only wanted the herd of gallimimus dinosaurs to be computer-generated, but upon seeing ILM’s demo animation of a T-Rex chasing a herd of galamides across his ranch, he decided to shoot nearly all the dinosaur scenes using this method. The animation was first plotted on an Amiga Toaster, and rendered for the film by Silicon Graphics’ Indigo workstations. Generally speaking, any shot of a full dinosaur was computer-generated, but shots of parts of dinosaurs were of animatronics.
Why I think you should see this: I have seen Jurassic Park more times than I can count but it is just such and awesome film that it never seems to get old to me. Once again I cannot say enough for the work of Steven Spielberg who at this point in his career was releasing one amazing film after another. Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum were both amazing as the two leads in the film and Laura Dern was pretty awesome too look for a youngish Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Arnold. Considering how old this film was and that it is one of the first to successfully use CGI in a film the FX are pretty amazing. An absolute gem if you haven’t seen this shame on you and go rent it now!