BY JULIE BRANCH: Dinosaurs went extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago. “Jurassic Park” brought these nearly mythical creatures back to life. With alluring special effects, a brilliant soundtrack and clever storytelling, the movie managed to rake in three Academy Awards almost $1 billion worldwide, marking it as one of the best movies of all time.
Director Steven Spielberg managed to captivate yet again with his blockbuster hit, and with movies like “Jaws,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” under his belt, the award-winning director has solidified his place in history. Considered a celebrity among producers, Spielberg continues to inspire young artist looking to make their own splashes in cinematography.
Billionaire industrialist John Hammond, CEO of InGen, manages to clone dinosaurs using the advances in genetics. His cloning has helped colonize an island off the Costa Rica full of the Jurassic-era creatures that are sealing behind electric fences and state-of-the art security systems.
Hoping to go public with his amusement park full of dinosaurs, the billionaire has invited four experts to explore the safety of the island. When the island’s electrical power starts to malfunction, everyone on the island is fighting to escape the fury of these blood-thirsty creatures that have escaped. With Tyrannosaurus rexes, Velociraptors and Triceratops making an appearance, this action-packed movie manages to keep audiences interested from beginning to end.
Spielberg’s movie managed to gain much critical acclaim, thanks largely to the special effects used in the movie. Prior to the release of “Jurassic Park”, few directors managed to include so many computer-generated imagery effects into one film. Spielberg managed to use the technology to recreate these creatures into what was one of the most realistic-action movies of its time.
Coupled with a decent plot, the movie managed to earn nearly $700 million in the United States alone, making it one of the highest grossing movies of all time. With so much success, Universal Studios managed to help fund two additional movies for the series – with a third sequel expected to be released sometime in 2013. While the sequels may not have drawn in so much success, they did help spawn video games, toys and even a television show based on the series.
While the success of the movie may have solidified Spielberg’s place in history as one of the greatest directors, his later projects would subject the director to produce same level of artistic genius. Online critiques have praised Spielberg’s accomplishments but have also been let down by later movies, such as “War of The Worlds” and “Super 8.”
My Favorite Spielberg Movie: “Jurassic Park” by Leslie Branch