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Friday, 2 July 2021

The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime

The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime (affiliate link).

Read the synopsis:

"Time travelers arrive from 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future mankind is losing a war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians to be transported to the future and join the fight. Determined to save the world for his daughter, Dan Forester teams up with a brilliant scientist and his estranged father to rewrite the planet’s fate."

The Tomorrow War was delayed by Paramount Pictures due to the pandemic and the $200 million movie was acquired by Amazon to bolster its slim summer blockbuster offerings.

Pratt's latest timey-wimey sci-fi actioner, directed by Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie), looks not unlike Edge of Tomorrow with callbacks to Independence Day (ID4). He holds his own outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Jurassic World bubbles.

Will you be watching The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime Video this 4th July weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Dinosaurs run amok in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The days are getting longer in the northern hemisphere and the summer blockbuster season, ushered in by director Steven Spielberg's Jaws in 1975, is upon us.

Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released 25 years ago and the fifth sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is in cinemas this June.

The final trailer has been unleashed as merchandise appears in stores. Mattel has launched an exciting range of toys and the Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex is a worthy successor to Kenner's classic electronic T-Rex for the original movie in 1993.

Personally, I loved Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World in 2015 and am excited to return to Isla Nublar. Are you? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Jurassic World sequel premieres June 2018

Universal Pictures has officially announced that a sequel to Jurassic World will hit the big screen on June 22, 2018.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively.

Director Colin Trevorrow is passing on directorial chores this time and will write the screenplay with writing partner Derek Connolly. “Jurassic Park is like Star Wars. Different directors can give a different taste to each movie,” Trevorrow said before the release of Jurassic World when asked if he would get behind the camera again for the next film. “I would be involved in some way, but not as director.” Steven Spielberg is executive producer.

Earlier this week Jurassic World passed Marvel's Avengers to become the third highest-grossing movie of all time, behind James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic. The movie is available for pre-order on Blu-ray disc.

The sequel could develop the Ingen weaponisation subplot in Jurassic World into Jurassic War. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Jurassic Park twenty-two years later

"Bigger, scarier, cooler..." intones Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) and for the most part Jurassic World with its Indominus Rex, a T-Rex hybrid, matches that expectation with surprising aplomb. It's the best Jurassic Park movie since the iconic original graced cinema screens 22 years ago.

Whereas Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg's first sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park floundered as King Kong remade with a T-Rex and Jurassic Park III was a fun reprise of the original, but did nothing to push the franchise further. Director Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, executive produced by Spielberg, delivers the realisation of John Hammond's dream: a working theme park populated with dino attractions, IMAX 3D theatre and Starbucks, yes, Starbucks. This is the sequel franchise fans have waited for.

I've been a self-confessed Steven Spielberg fan since childhood and the opening title sequence, replete with the mythological Amblin logo underscored by Michael Giacchino's lush orchestrations reprising John Williams' Jurassic Park theme, brushed away any last minute cynicism I may have had following the lukewarm trailers. It also presciently grabbed the attention of cinemagoers staring into their smartphones.

The first act is a surprising and clever deconstruction of the Hollywood blockbuster and capitalism, as the scene is set in a bustling, sunkissed, theme park filled with jaded, affluent, visitors from around the world. This is best illustrated when a Mosasaur surfaces to eat a shark (a knowing nod to Jaws) whilst many members of the audience, including a principal character, are mesmerised by their smartphones until the creature splashes back down forcing them to look up in wonder for the first time.

Dinosaurs have dulled over the past 22 years and are in need of yearly upgrades in the era of generation selfie. Enter Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her latest attraction Indominus Rex or iRex as I like to call it. Indominus exists to satiate investors by getting paying visitors through the gates. The audience laughed out loud at the suggestion of a 'Pepsisaurus' by resident geek Lowery (Jake Johnson).

Inevitably, Indominus escapes her paddock prison and monster mayhem ensues with a little inspiration from Aliens, Gremlins 2 and Predator along the way. Things get stifled, but not derailed, by Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio). Brilliant as the complex Wilson Fisk in Marvel's Daredevil, here D'Onofrio's Ingen subplot to weaponise the dinosaurs detracts from the absurd chaos to be had. And Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) is an uneasy mashup of John Hammond and Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Chris Pratt plays the archetypal B-movie hero, Owen Grady, with panache, but Claire's cliched transformation from ice maiden to action heroine isn't necessary as the mismatched couple searches for her missing nephews: cut-off and lost when an attraction is closed down and they fail to return. However, it's perhaps disingenuous to take too much issue with such a fun homage to Spielbergian adventures of yore, spearheaded by a likeable cast, which does serve as an anarchic satire with a healthy dose of horror. Joe Dante would approve.

Jurassic World, more often than not, rekindles a sense of fear and wonder absent from many current blockbusters and the previous Jurassic Park sequels. Spielberg's oeuvre informs the very DNA of the movie and, during its best moments, he could have been at the helm, himself. I didn't want to leave Isla Nublar and its dinosaur inhabitants behind...

Monday, 1 June 2015

Brace yourself for Jurassic World

Early buzz following last week's premiere in Paris suggests Jurassic World maybe the best Jurassic Park sequel to date and puts the franchise firmly back into the realm of summer blockbusters.

Given the dino-sized merchandising blitzkrieg, not seen since the original Jurassic Park, about to be unleashed, it's just as well...

The T-Rex attack in Jurassic Park remains a cinematic touchstone and showed director Steven Spielberg hadn't lost his deftness for instilling fear and awe in an audience, which he'd perfected years earlier in the movie that ushered in the era of the blockbuster. Jaws.

Two sequels followed to mixed reviews, but a third was mired in development hell for over a decade. With Chris Pratt's star in the ascendance following Guardians of the Galaxy. Things look decidedly more promising on Isla Nublar.

Soundtrack buffs should have a listen to this teaser from composer Michael Giacchino. Giacchino is one of my favourite composers currently working in Hollywood and evoked John Williams' collaborations with director Steven Spielberg for JJ Abrams' Super 8.

I've booked my ticket for June 11th and will post a review soon thereafter.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Marvel heroes clash at Super Bowl and charity wins

Actors Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, better known as Star-Lord and Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently embarked on a friendly rivalry on Twitter. Who would win this year's Super Bowl between New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks?

The loser promised to attend a children's hospital, of the victor's chosen charity, in costume, help raise awareness and make a donation. Chris Pratt was gracious in defeat, after the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks, and will be visiting Christopher's Haven.

Turns out our intrepid heroes are going one step further and both children's charities will benefit. As someone who spent a lot of time in children's hospital, following a serious head trauma at primary school, I have nothing but the utmost respect for these guys.

Everything is awesome!