Juras­sic Park

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Steven Spiel­berg showed him­self the mas­ter of the ac­tion-thriller with his first big-bud­get movie Jaws. So he was the per­fect choice to di­rect this adaptation of Michael Crich­ton’s sci-fi novel about a fic­tional amuse­ment park full of cloned di­nosaurs. Though Juras­sic Park was most no­table on its re­lease for its use of com­put­er­gen­er­ated ef­fects – a far cry from the clunky me­chan­i­cal shark used in Jaws – it’s Spiel­berg’s fast-paced di­rec­tion which re­ally drives the film.

The plot re­volves around a bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, John Ham­mond (Richard At­ten­bor­ough), who has cre­ated a dino theme park on a Caribbean is­land us­ing DNA ex­tracted from in­sects pre­served in am­ber. When Ham­mond’s in­vestors in­sist that the park be cer­ti­fied safe, a group of ex­perts – in­clud­ing palaeon­tol­o­gists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and El­lie Sat­tler (Laura Dern), and math­e­ma­ti­cian and chaos the­o­rist Ian Mal­colm (Jeff Gold­blum) – are flown in dur­ing the mid­dle of a storm.

When one of the park’s em­ploy­ees de­ac­ti­vates the se­cu­rity sys­tem in or­der to steal an em­bryo for a ri­val firm, the di­nosaurs – in­clud­ing a Tyran­nosaurus rex – es­cape, and set about find­ing din­ner in the shape of the hu­mans left on the is­land.

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