Bigger teeth, scarier thrills revive a dormant 'Jurassic World'

Tue Jun 9, 2015 2:54pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The dinosaurs are bigger, the rides are scarier and there's a dashing new leading pair as the main attraction: "Jurassic World" is open for business again and hoping to entice a new generation used to getting more bang for its movie buck.

The film, out in U.S. theaters on Friday, revives the classic sci-fi action franchise that began with Steven Spielberg making dinosaurs come to life in 1993's "Jurassic Park."

But two decades on, as Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire slyly says in the film, no one is excited about seeing a dinosaur anymore. Yawn.

That's why the theme park in which "Jurassic World" is set needs to amp up the danger for visitors drawn by the adrenaline-fueled experience of getting up close and personal with dinosaurs.

Mirroring the film's attempt to reboot an old franchise with more thrills, the park has hatched a new hybrid creature attraction, the bigger, badder Indominus Rex, created in a lab from a test tube mix of dinosaurs.

But the monster has a mind of her own, and as fans of the original franchise have learned, never turn your back on a dinosaur.

"Good science fiction always holds a mirror up to current events, to our humanity," director Colin Trevorrow told Reuters.

"The Indominus Rex is a product of a desire for profit at all costs, and that very corporate need is something that can do a lot of harm and really compromise our ethics and humanity in ways that we've seen consistently played out over time."   Continued...

Actor Chris Pratt, who plays raptor trainer Owen in "Jurassic World", poses at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/David McNew