This week for Teen Book Talk our reviewer talks about a summer movie, Jurassic World. The DVD has been released and is available to be put on hold through the library’s catalog.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Natlie L., Grade 11, Teen Reviewer

18095805714_64c6c580fd_oMovie: Jurassic World

Release Date: June 12, 2015

Rating: PG-13

My Rating: 3 Stars

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

It has been 22 years since the disastrous incident at Jurassic Park, and—in case you’re wondering—no, these people still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Another theme park featuring genetically-modified prehistoric creatures opens up where its predecessor fell, and this time, the monsters are bigger, badder, and scarier than ever. When the Indominus rex, a gigantic genetically-modified dinosaur with extreme predatory senses and intelligence, outsmarts and overpowers the park’s “top-notch” management, the lives of everyone on the island are jeopardized. It’s up to an unbalanced businesswoman (Claire Dearing), her cynical teenage nephew (Zach Mitchell), his bubbly younger brother (Gray Mitchell), and the dinosaur-whisperer (Owen Grady) to save the day.

I walked into the theater with popcorn in one hand, soda in the other, and high expectations for endless scenes of mass dino-destruction.

I was not disappointed.

As someone who has never seen Jurassic Park, or Jurassic-anything for that matter, I am surprised by the technological expertise that the movie displays. I know it’s already 2015, but I am still amazed by the CG and sound effects. I cannot recall a single point in the movie where I felt that either one of those are off. Whenever the Indominus rex showed up on screen, I got crazy goosebumps up my arms simply due to the combination of the CG team’s hyper-attention to detail, bone-shatteringly good sound effects, and extreme tension built up by background music. The technical aspects of this movie are as close as they can get to flawless in my book.

I’m giving this movie a lot of slack when it comes to character development because I understand that the whole incident took place over the course of one day. It’s difficult to write a character that gives the audience a natural feeling of his or her development when everything happens within 24 hours.

Jurassic World lacks the most in the plot department. Typical adventure-movie clichés are used everywhere and make the plot predictable. Certain characters’ actions made me want to scream and wonder how they could be so unbelievably brainless. It’s almost as if I somehow started watching a horror movie, seeing as these characters also seem to feel obligated to disregard signs like “DANGER” and “NO TRESPASSING”. But how else can the producers get the stars of the show to literally land themselves in the jaws of an indomitable giant lizard? Not to mention, the deaths of certain characters were not as impactful as producers intended for them to be; there was no shock factor, much less any tears. I consider one death in particular to be entirely pointless and a complete screen-time-waster.

This combination of dinosaurs and destruction inevitably calls for a lot of gore and violence, so if that type of stuff isn’t your cup of tea, I recommend that you don’t pick it up, much less consume it. If you’re just looking for an exciting thriller to watch with friends, it’s definitely worth your time and money.