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When young Steven Spielberg was first offered the screenplay for Jaws he said he would direct the movie on one condition That he didnt have to show the shark for the first hour By slowly building the audiences apprehension he felt the shark would be much more impressive when it finally arrived He was right I wish he had remembered that lesson when he was preparing Jurassic Park his new thriller set in a remote island theme park where real dinosaurs have been grown from long-dormant DNA molecules The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs We see them early and often and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry but the movie is lacking other qualities that it needs even more such as a sense of awe and wonderment and strong human story values Its clear seeing this long-awaited project that Spielberg devoted most of his effort to creating the dinosaurs The human characters are a ragtag bunch of half-realized sketched-in personalities who exist primarily to scream utter dire warnings and outwit the monsters Richard Attenborough as the millionaire who builds the park is given a few small dimensions - he loves his grandchildren hes basically a good soul he realizes the error of tampering with nature But there was an opportunity here to make his character grand and original colorful and oversize and instead he comes across as unfocused and benign As the film opens two dinosaur experts Sam Neill and Laura Dern arrive at the park along with a mathematician played by Jeff Goldblum whose function in the story is to lounge about uttering vague philosophical imprecations Also along are Attenboroughs grandchildren and a lawyer who is the first to be eaten by a dinosaur Attenborough wants the visitors to have a preview of his new park where actual living prehistoric animals live in enclosures
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