Today, 4.50pm, TV3
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.