I saw Jurassic Park in 3D today and, man, I really loved it. I completely fell in love with the movie all over again.
When I first saw Jurassic Park, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t LOVE it. It was a great film and I thought it was really cool and scary but seeing it on TV or on my computer just didn’t quite do it for me. I knew there were huge Jurassic Park fans out there, but I was never really a part of that. Little did I know, the people who became huge Jurassic Park fans were the people who saw the movie in the theaters at a very young age and were hooked.
Now I know exactly how they felt. Seeing this movie not only on the big screen, but in 3D, made the experience completely overwhelming. The dinosaurs were HUGE, the famous John Williams score blared in my ears, the whole thing was an awesome event. This is the type of movie that was made for big screens. At certain points in the film, I literally felt like I was on a theme park ride, what with the silhouette of seats in front of me, the 3D glasses making the movie look so real, and the fact that the whole thing was like a dark ride. I cheered every time a dinosaur appeared on screen.
I truly think this is THE greatest summer blockbuster of all time.
While there, a friend and I were brainstorming some story ideas for the upcoming Jurassic Park 4. I came up with something rather grand, probably wouldn’t ever work, but it seems like a pretty cool idea.
One of my main problems with the Jurassic Park sequels were that both of them took place mostly on forested islands. The thing that made the original movie so great was that they were in a THEME PARK. John Hammond created this theme park and the whole idea of a “theme park gone rogue” was really neat. All the gates and electric fences shut down, security systems go kaput, and the attractions literally break free from their containment units. It took something that people find magical and serene and imbued horror and destruction into it. A juxtaposition that made it so cool.
So how do you top that? Well…the thing about the original Jurassic Park was that it was still being built. You only really saw one attraction, which was the ride tour (reminiscent of Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris) before the park shut down, thanks to Nedry.
Now what would happen if the dinosaur situation happened in a fully-functional park? Say…Universal Studios Florida. It tops the original concept by actually showing this isolated but happy world where people go to to escape the dreariness of their lives…and then flipping it with the genetic engineering of dinosaurs. Wouldn’t it be cool to see a theme park like Universal Studios run over by beasts? The possibilities are endless! The protagonists hide in various attractions to escape them and you really get immersed in the experience, which is really what theme parks are all about.
What I’m thinking is that the first half of the movie starts off like the first one did. Characters go to an island or something and they stumble on the dinosaurs. Then the dinosaurs get airlifted to the theme park by some theme park antagonist jerk who wants to make a profit off of them, thinking he can control them like he controls Audio-Animatronics and ride vehicles. Chaos theory, etc etc.
Just a thought. But I really like the whole idea of showing a fully-functional theme park (rides and all) being terrorized by some mutated force of nature.It’s a really neat concept.