Can you believe it’s been one year since the release of Jurassic World? The long awaited third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster smashed box-office records across the globe, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in less than a month.
It now stands as the fourth highest-grossing film, surpassed by Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Titanic and Avatar. Here, Adam Brannon pays a special birthday tribute to the film with a special MM Top 5. Naturally, a prehistoric-sized spoiler warning is in force.
#5) Welcome to Jurassic World
“Welcome to Jurassic Park” is one of the first film’s most iconic moments and the same can be said for its successor. Despite lacking any dinosaur action, “Welcome to Jurassic World” is more about seeing the fully functioning theme park in all its wonder.
After riding on the monorail and through the reclaimed wooden gates, the two brothers (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) enter the central park area. That music…
As Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) opens his hotel room doors, we see a sweeping panoramic view of the park with the Innovation Centre at its core. It’s a stunning, albeit brief scene that sets up the film perfectly.
#4) Stand Down
Perhaps the most parodied scene from the entire Jurassic franchise, “Stand Down” sees Chris Pratt’s Owen trying to calm four hungry Velociraptors after an inexperienced handler falls into their paddock.
Hundreds of zookeepers across the globe copied it with some truly hilarious results.
It’s a tense sequence, filmed with real confidence from director Colin Trevorrow. The raptors are rendered in near-perfect CGI giving an unrivalled sense of realism that was lacking from the series’ two predecessors.
#3) Pterosaur Attack
Some critics called it incredibly cool; some called it gratuitous and unnecessary. For me, it’s somewhere in the middle. After the flying reptiles get loose in the park, they swoop on Jurassic World’s Main Street, killing innocent visitors in the process.
In what is the most controversial scene in the whole film, British assistant Zara meets a grisly end thanks to a combined effort from the Pteranodons and the stunning Mosasaurus. You can make up your own minds as to whether you think it went a little too far, but I’m sure we can all agree, it’s very well filmed indeed.
#2) T-Rex vs I-Rex
This has hands-down got to be one of the best endings in a blockbuster for years. It makes Avengers: Age of Ultron’s generic finale look incredibly dull by comparison.
As the film nears its end, the I-Rex disposes of Chris Pratt’s raptors. With seemingly no options left, it’s up to Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to release the T-Rex and help win the battle. Colin Trevorrow very cleverly kept the T-Rex in its cage until the end of the movie, and what a way to see the fan favourite.
The scene is filmed exceptionally, with one long 360° shot giving an unbroken view of the action. The fact that the T-Rex in Jurassic World is the same one as in Jurassic Park only makes it more perfect, but it doesn’t quite clinch the top spot here.
#1) The Raptors Are Coming
You may remember “Raptors in the Kitchen” stole the crown for a previous MM Top 5 that looked at the finest moments of the first three films in the Jurassic series.
And those pesky dinosaurs have done it again. Why? Because they are awesome of course. The T-Rex may rule the roost when it comes to sheer size, but the raptors are clever, sneaky and downright terrifying.
In what is the best scene throughout the entire film, we see Chris Pratt’s animals chasing down Claire, Zach and Gray as they make their escape from the paddock. With some beautifully subtle references to the original film, it makes for a thrilling sequence that is perfectly placed, allowing Jurassic World to avoid a second-act lull.
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