Jurassic Park review colby@bubio.bu.edu (Chris Colby) I saw Jurassic Park last night great

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Jurassic Park review colby@bu-bio.bu.edu (Chris Colby) <122762@bu.edu> talk.origins I saw Jurassic Park last night -- great show. The sequence of events follows the same general pattern of the book, but the details are different. For those who haven't read the book a capsule summary (that doesn't give away too much) is: Scientists make dinos. Dinos run amuk. Nobody is overly pleased. The special effects are, as expected, incredible. The dinos are the most lifelike I've ever seen. There's also some humor thrown in at the least expected times. So, in essence, you have a movie made from a good thriller (Crichton's book of the same name), a good director and a pile of money thrown at the special effects people(*). _Nobody_ can screw up a formula like that. (*) Incidentally, I heard more money was spent on J. Park than has been spent on dinosaur research since day one. There were some subtle disappointments for me; I personally wanted to see a lot more humans end up as dinosnacks and I wouldn't have minded if Laura Dern somehow lost her clothes somewhere during the show 8-) (Anybody see "Wild at Heart" with her in it? Hubba hubba, but I digress.) Seriously, the characters never develop enough so that you really begin to identify with them. And, a lot of the movie (even the stuff that wasn't in the book) was rather predictable. There is a sort of twist at the end, however. You don't really notice these things to much though, because Speilberg paces the movie very well. Once things start coming apart at the seams, the action builds and builds. The "science" of how they make dinos, is glossed right over. This is (IMHO) as it should be because the idea has so many problems; better to just have a brief suspension of disbelief, then enjoy the show. I sorta hoped that more dinosaur info would be dispensed in the film, two of the characters were paleontologists after all. It wouldn't have been too hard to work in some mini-lectures without it sounding too forced. A few little tidbits are dispensed -- dinos are warm blooded, birds evolved from them. The movie seemed to me less anti-science than the book. The mathematician (Malcolm) does throw in a couple barbs, but it's not the droning lecture of the book. And the people to blame for the problems seem more misguided than evil -- there's no mad scientist in a white coat wringing his hands and cackling at what he's about to unleash on the world in J. Park. I could write more, but, since everyone and his dog is going to see this movie, I won't spoil anything. Chris Colby --- email: colby@bu-bio.bu.edu --- "'My boy,' he said, 'you are descended from a long line of determined, resourceful, microscopic tadpoles--champions every one.'" --Kurt Vonnegut from "Galapagos"


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