Exciting, suspenseful follow-up to a classic
This reboot is not as well crafted as the original, but it is a very entertaining movie. The action is fast and while predictable, it still manages to surprise, frequently. That said, I failed to attached to some of the main characters and there are some hokey premises that are only just plausible enough to keep you engaged, but are not given the depth you'd hope for. In other words, if you don't think too hard it will be a fun ride...
The movie does a great job building suspense in predictable ways, but somehow still gets you to jump. Our 10 ½ year old loved it. It stretched him a bit on the scare factor side however, something to keep in mind for more sensitive kids.
As some have noted, it is violent, but my memories of the violence in first one, Jurassic Park, were much more impactful and fear inducing...Spielberg's gift as a director and the stronger character development of the original meant we were more invested in the outcome of the action than we were in this iteration.
There was some over-the-top consumerism (everyone drives a shiny new Mercedes) that did not feel at all well integrated and was a little unrealistic. Not terribly unusual these days, but particularly ham-fisted in this movie.
It's not a very strong movie in terms of role models. The lead woman is portrayed as a cautionary tale about being blinded by corporate ambition, the scientists are portrayed as amoral megalomaniacs, and the safety/security team as dumb, evil, arms dealing opportunists. The teenager is portrayed as self absorbed, rebellious and generally uncaring of this younger, emotionally troubled, brother. The only role model one might try to cling to is Chris Pratt's character...but that is also underdeveloped. This is not a movie about positive lessons, it is more a thrill ride.