In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Release Date: June 11, 1993
Runtime: 2 hr 6 min
Genre: Science fiction
Writer: Michael Crichton, David Koepp, Malia Marmo,
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Gerald Molen, Colin Wilson, Kathleen Kennedy, Lata Ryan
Cast: Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, B.D. Wong, Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Wayne Knight, Samuel Jackson, Bob Peck, Joseph Mazzello, Martin Ferrero
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A classic! Kids can see it, and truly you could let more mature kids under 13 watch it, as long as you're certain that they won't have nightmares of dinosaurs (especially Raptors!).
The CGI is great (for the time, though it looks a little dated at times), the acting is pretty solid, the premise is awesome, and the story arc works well.
Reviewing a movie that's at least a good decade old is hard, suffice to say it's good for families, as long as you manage the "nightmare factor" with younger children. Nothing here that's embarrassing for families.April 24th, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
I recently watched Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D, and it was quite the experience! I can't say that the 3D added much, but seeing and hearing this classic movie on the big screen again was great. I first saw this movie 20 years ago when I was a kid, but it is a little more terrifying than I remember. There was a child behind us that was crying of fright most of the movie. There were also some story lines and humor that I didn't pick up on as a kid. With the fine acting, memorable score, and fun story, Jurassic Park surely stands the test of time.March 31st, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
I recently bought this in HD. It's amazing how much better the picture quality is. Although I'm not a fan of sci-fi, this movie has it all. Intense with plenty of man-eating dinosaur action. If your kids are sensitive to scary scenes, Jurassic Park may not go down so well for your next family movie night.April 24th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Not as much fun as the first time seeing it back in 1993, but still a wonderful big-screen experience. After 20 years, the visuals are still captivating. A lot of great one-liners in this film, too, and, dare I say, some universal truths. You might have forgotten how scary and startling it can be, though, so think it over before taking anyone under 10 or 11.April 4th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
My six year old watched this and loved it! He started checking out books in the library about dinosaurs because of this movie. It did not give him nightmares, but it does have violence...and people eaten for dinosaur lunch.July 17th, 2013 · Details
I remember seeing this movie as a kid. Sitting in the good ol' dollar movie on a hot summer day. My heart was RACING. I was excited to see this movie because I had never seen or heard of a movie like this. There are scenes in this movie that got the adrenaline going. The movie made things very realistic and I could picture myself in the other kids shoes. This is a great movie and I recommend it. I loved it as a early teen but I wouldn't recommend anyone younger than that to see it. definitely a movie I need to add to my collection.April 17th, 2013 · Details
Seeing this film again in IMAX 3D brought the intensity level back up to its peak. It brought back memories of seeing it and marveling as my seat shook 20 long years ago. It is worth the price of admission to live it again. Unsafe for small kids as they will be creeped out from the initial scene of the film and most of them afterwards as well. It has some gore and intense sequences in it.April 15th, 2013 · Details
Good movie - very realistic. I remember seeing this when I was younger and know I won't let my son see it until he's a teenager.April 14th, 2013 · Details
Old Perry Mason episodes had titles like: "The Case of Missing Scarf". This movie reminds me of the "The Case of the Uneaten Pie". A Sister in my Ward discovered that her boys had gone to see a PG-13 film that she told them not to see. That night, she got the boys to admit that they did see the film. Then, with great enthusiasm, they told her that the movie was wonderful. They continued by explaining that the "bad" stuff was just a tiny part of the film. She said: "OK."
Later that night and after dinner, she brought out dessert, a beautiful cherry pie. Before she distributed the portions, she gave the boys a friendly warning: I must tell you that I put a little of the manure that we put in the flower bed yesterday in the pie. She went on to say, I'm sure that it won't bother you since the manure is only a tiny part of the pie.
The cherry pie was thrown out a few minutes after it hit the table.April 12th, 2013 · Details
I found this movie to be very intense and entertaining. Little warning for parents, though. While your may think "Oh, dinosaurs, little Jimmy likes dinosaurs," be careful because these dinosaurs will eat you graphically, especially in 3-D. What I'm trying to say is some scenes may cause nightmares for little kids, so make sure they can handle it. Good movie for the older members of the family though.April 9th, 2013 · Details
Jurassic Park was an amazing movie! The fact is that you were afraid of those dinosaurs as if they were right there with you. The actors were great in the film. They made you believe the dinosaurs were real. I still love it and I believe generations can enjoy this movie!April 1st, 2013 · Details
When I first saw this I was astounded at the visual affects of this film. Beyond that the story is fairly compelling and the music adds another layer that brings the emotional impact of this film to life. Not sure why, but I found the children actors somewhat annoying. Probably because they remind me of myself at their age. Which makes them fit well with their characters and what they experience. The PG-13 rating is well deserved for dino violence and deaths, menacing situations that would give children nightmares, and some swearing. This film is not for children under the age of 13.August 4th, 2012 · Details
Jurassic Park was one of the best dinosaur movies ever made. This film, the original, is the best of the series.July 27th, 2012 · Details
There's no question that "Jurassic Park" is the roller coaster movie ride of the summer, and if you can take it strictly on its own thrills-and-spills, popcorn-movie terms, you won't be disappointed.
Some of director Steven Spielberg's past scary and thrilling pictures have contained more substance, depth and character development "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Jaws," just to name three. But let's face it it's been too long since we've had a rip-snorting, hold-onto-your-hats, awe-inspiring big-screen yarn, Spielberg-style.
And "Jurassic Park" delivers the goods.
Based on Michael Crichton's best-selling, cautionary "what if" novel, with some substantial changes, the film still manages to keep intact many of the book's major set-pieces, along with its most memorable characters the tyrannical T-Rex and the cunning, predatory velociraptors.
The stunning special effects used to bring these creatures and others to life, a sophisticated blend of models, stop-action animation and computer graphics, provide the movie's "ooh" and "ahh" factor. And there seems little doubt that moviegoers will want to return a time or two to observe them more closely.
For the uninitiated, the story has an eccentric gazillionaire (Richard Atten-borough) much more benign here than the book's evil character inviting a small group of people to visit his island near Costa Rica, which houses an unusual amusement park and zoo.
His guests include a lawyer (Martin Ferrero) who represents concerned investors, a mathematician (Jeff Goldblum, with all the best lines) who theorizes the park will fail because man cannot control nature, a pair of paleontologists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern) who have been digging up dinosaur bones in Montana, and Attenborough's own young grandchildren (Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello).
Neill and Dern don't know that the park is a haven for genetically engineered dinosaurs, created through the use of DNA extracted from an ancient mosquito found encased in amber. And when they see the park's prime exhibits, they are at first thrilled and enthusiastic.
Eventually, however, Murphy's Law goes into force when a computer saboteur (Wayne Knight) brings down the park's safety system and the most dangerous dinos run amok. Most of the rest of the film has Neill, who doesn't care for children, finding himself saddled with Richards and Mazzello as they try to get back to the park's headquarters.
Once this element kicks into gear, the human stories more or less go by the wayside to make way for high tension. The ride begins and the suspense doesn't let up until the end of the final reel.
This lack of depth does hurt the picture to some degree, and Knight's portrayal of a slobbish jerk is too cartooney to blend with the more subdued performances offered by the rest of the cast. And though the young girl here is not as obnoxious as her character in the book, she still does a bit too much screaming.
Still, for all its flaws, how can you complain when a movie offers this many genuine thrills? And the Oscars for special effects may as well be handed out now how can anyone top this incredible animal act?
"Jurassic Park" is rated PG-13 for violence, some gore (a severed arm, the remains of a cow and a goat) and some profanity and vulgarity. And it is definitely not for young children.
June 11th, 1993 · Details