March 17, 2013
Jurassic Park 4 On The Way
You’ve read it right. The gears of Jurassic Park 4 have finally started turning and the movie is expected for release on July 14th, 2014. If you’ve lost as much liquid mass in your pants as I have at the sound of this news, I welcome you to the club.
Steven Spielberg made cinematic gold with his release of Jurassic Park, a marvelous movie about genetically altered dinosaurs roaming the land in modern times. Of course, any of Spielberg’s films have been regarded as purely marvelous, but I’ll ignore the generalizations of the crowd for a much more personal observation.
Jurassic Park released in the summer of 1993 is an adaptation film of the book by the same name by Michael Crichton. In essence, Jurassic Park was a test for Spielberg, as is the same test for all competent filmmakers, to make a film translation of the book. What we got was (what some considered) a better version of the book.
Jurassic Park tells the story of Dr. Alan Grant, a modern day rendition of Indiana Jones and his adventures on a fictional island called Isla Nublar. Grant has been invited by John Hammon, the CEO of InGen, to study the dinosaurs on the island and to validate if it’s ultimately safe for civilians to visit the island as a vacation resort. Alan initially disagrees with the concept altogether before he’s star stricken at the landscape of a vast selection of dinosaurs on a plain.
After learning how these dinosaurs are created, Alan also begins to wonder about the ethics of recreating a species that died out “for a reason.” His gripes aren’t necessarily with the fact that this particular species of animal was created. Instead, Alan continuously retorts that dinosaurs were never meant to be kept in cages.
From here, we saw the true ethics of the movie; as the 20 minute segments rolled by, we understood what Alan meant in his theory. The moral of the movie was mankind’s human conditioning for control of other species through uncontrollable means. Effectively, Spielberg showed us what could happen when we try to play God with an entire species.
Aside from metaphors and two-bit analogies, Jurassic Park reached into the special effects library and pulled an early Avatar marvel of the 90s. Jurassic Park would go on to be talked about for the next 20 years with still no let up in the amazement that its graphics designers managed to squeeze out of the film.
In the time that we must wait for Jurassic Park 4, Spielberg has gone to say that a 3D re-release of the original film will be put into theaters, while a 3D release is also planned for Jurassic Park 4.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment