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Dinosaurs In Movies: Jurassic Anthology

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Dinosaurs In Movies: Jurassic Anthology

Published by Courtney Russell / June 10,2015

Dinosaurs! When did man become fascinated with these leviathans of prehistoric history? They have been extinct for over 65 million years, long before the first known form of man was to ever exist, yet we have paid tribute to them time and time again in various works of literature and film. Before the 1912 novel, The Lost world was adapted into film the movie Brute Force ( aka Primitive Man ) was released in 1914. This was a short silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, and starring Robert Harron and Mae Marsh. The film's synopsis is a story of cavemen and dinosaurs, and perhaps the first live-action dinosaur film. 11 years later Doyles novel The Lost world finally got it's screen debut in 1925. Paving the way for the first dinosaur-oriented film hit, and it led to other dinosaur films, from Journey to the Center of the Earth, King Kong, Godzilla to the Jurassic Park anthology.

Brute Force (1914)

With practical and CGI effects coming a long way since, Hollywood has dawned us with some very good and compelling stories featuring our prehistoric predecessors, the most famous of which would be director Steven Spielberg's 1993 Jurassic Park, which is based on a novel of the same name written by Michael Crichton. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar, an islet located off Central America's Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.

Following an extensive $65 million marketing campaign, which included licensing deals with 100 companies, Jurassic Park grossed over $900 million worldwide in its original theatrical run. It surpassed Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to become the highest-grossing film until Titanic (1997).The film featured a variety of these behemoths the most well-known of these is the Tyrannosaurus aka the T- Rex in the film standing at 20 feet (6.1 m), and weighed 17,500 pounds (7,900 kg),and was 40 feet (12 m) long. A true monster of a dinosaur and critics and fans alike were wowed by the ground breaking visual effects and cinematography. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes retrospectively gave the film a "Certified Fresh" rating of 93%, based on 112 reviews, with rating average score of 8.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.

Jurassic Park (1993)

The franchise includes Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park or Jurassic Park II (1997), then there was the third film Jurassic Park III (2001) though also a box office success it almost lead to the extinction of the franchise with the fourth film Jurassic World which was initially intended to begin production in 2004 for a summer 2005 release, but endured over a decade of "development hell" as scheduled release dates were pushed back several times while the script went through revisions. The current plot for the fourth film entitles that the visitors at the now current Jurassic World theme park will run for their lives when the genetically engineered Indominus Rex and other dinosaurs go on a rampage. Well we will mark that plot for entertaining, even though it does sound like something Holywood has done before, recycling the plot where man pays the price for trying to play God and then there's the other obvious take of nature vs man. 

With Jurassic World set to hit theaters on June 12, 2015 ; can we expect it to be the saving grace for the franchise? I guess we will have to wait and see, hopefully this won't be the last time we get to see Dinosaurs in Movies.

Jurassic Park 3 (2001)



Jurassic World (2015)

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