Fine Dino

Once the improbable cast of characters is established, the director wastes little time. Hammond's guests pile into a pair of souped-up Land Rovers and head for the park. A freak storm hits. Glitches plague the computer-driven control and security systems. Power goes out. Hell breaks loose.

Welcome to Jurassic Park.
Even Babe Ruth struck out more often than he homered. Steven Spielberg needed a hit, both to erase the memory of Hook and to convince the studios to stop pestering him to make a sequel to E.T. He knocks this one out of the park. The dinosaurs are incredible, like nothing anyone's ever committed to celluloid. Forget about DNA cloning A these special effects are real state-of-the-art technology. They make King Kong and Spielberg's own great white shark look like failed claymation projects.

A brief caveat: The movie is rated PG-13. Speculation has arisen, based more on Crichton's book than on screenings of the movie, about Jurassic Park's violence and its potential effect on young viewers. While there are some fairly intense moments, they're relatively bloodless cartoonlike dinosaur vs. human scenes; Jurassic Park is certainly harder than, say, E.T., but not as graphic as the Indiana Jones movies. Besides, one of the first characters that gets eaten is a lawyer. One two-legged carnivore devours another. What could be more natural than that


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