A Brief History of Jurassic Park

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In the lead up to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we thought we better fill you in on the history of Jurassic Park. Whether you’re a newcomer to this movie franchise or you just need a refresher, we hope this blog brings you up to speed. Happy viewing!

Jurassic Park (1993)

Wondering what all the Jurassic Park hoo-ha’s about? When the first Jurassic Park film came out in 1993 (prehistoric times, we know) it was the highest grossing film at the box office… ever. And who wouldn’t want to go see a film about a theme park of cloned dinosaurs? The Steven Spielberg film was unlike anything viewers had ever seen before, with cutting-edge special effects and awe-inspiring animations that brought dinosaurs back to life. That, and it starred movie legend Sam Neill.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Sequels are always a gamble, and Spielberg's attempt at a take-two was no exception. But despite some bad reviews, The Lost World made a huge amount of money at the box office and critics were again impressed by the special effects. The Lost World takes place on a remote island, where the dinosaurs from the original film have been roaming free in their own ecosystem, and the trouble starts when characters try to bring them to the mainland. Highlights of the film include a T-Rex wreaking havoc in San Diego and actor Jeff Goldblum’s performance as the eccentric theorist.

Jurassic Park III (2001)

After the slightly shaky reception of the sequel, Jurassic producers decided to bring back Sam Neill and get rid of Spielberg. Recipe for disaster? We think not! If the franchise set out to create another gripping theme-park fantasy for kids, then Jurassic Park III succeeds in every way. The film features a party of seven, who get trapped on the dinosaur-run island of the second film—eep! Best enjoyed with popcorn, Jurassic park III is an action-packed blockbuster the whole family can enjoy.

Jurassic World (2015)

The fourth film in the franchise—created a whopping 22 years after the original!—brings things back to basics. The film takes us back to Jurassic Park, the theme park from the first film, and proceeds to goes pear-shaped when a genetically modified dinosaur breaks loose. Over twenty years on from the original, Jurassic World blew everyone away again with its special effects, and received great reviews. In our opinion, it’ll be a tough film to match!

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