'Jurassic World' an entertaining ride

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

"Jurassic World" is the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise based on the books of the late Michael Crichton. In this film we see the park, now open and thriving, come under attack when a genetically modified dinosaur breaks free and goes on a rampage.

"Jurassic World" straddles a line between nostalgia and modern day summer blockbuster with multiple homages to the 1993 original peppered through the film in between large action set pieces and comedic dialogue. While the later half of this formula makes the film feel more in common with other recent blockbusters such as "Guardians of the Galaxy" rather than the original "Jurassic Park," it still makes for a very entertaining ride.

Dinosaur wrangler Owen (Chris Pratt) and park manager Beth (Bryce Dallas Howard) have solid chemistry and share a variety of serious and funny moments as they try and stop the unfolding disaster.

In addition to the leads, we also have a multitude of other characters with their own agendas. From family drama with Beth's nephews, to corporate corruption, to military intervention - and all with the backdrop of an alpha predator on the loose - the film feels slightly bloated in terms of plot lines. Also, a few more practical effects would have been welcome to break up the monotony of CGI.

All in all, this is a one of the best summer blockbusters released so far. If you have the urge to return to a world 65 million years in the making, this is the film for you.

3.5 out of 4 miners.