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They might just bite

They might just bite

13:30 SAST | 07 Sep 2018

When the release of Jurassic World, the fourth instalment of the iconic Jurassic Park franchise, was announced, fans of the films and dinosaur lovers the world over rejoiced.

And now, the action-packed science fiction film has hit Kwesé screens all over the continent so pick your favourite seat in the house and hang on tight to your popcorn because you’re in for a real scare in Jurassic World, Friday, 14 September at 22:20 CAT on Kwesé Movies 1 (Ch 115). For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise (where have you been?) let us give you a little context. All the movies operate under the same premise: don't mess with the natural order of things.

The very first film, Jurassic Park, was released in 1993 and saw John Hammond and a team of scientists, working at a company called Ingen, extracting dinosaur DNA from blood inside fossilised insects. Their goal? To create a theme park where people from all over the world could see the extinct beasts that once roamed our planet. And, sadly, the park went up in flames when a disgruntled employee was bribed to turn off the electricity leaving all the enclosures vulnerable, even the ones housing the dinosaurs that nightmares are made of.

The Hollywood blockbuster was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg and had a budget of $63 million. But it certainly paid off when the movie was the highest earner at the box office that year and won 3 Academy Awards.

Jurassic World is a dead ringer for the original movie, set on the same foreboding island that is Isla Nublar, located near Costa Rica, it's just set 22 years later. This time we have Dr. Henry Wu as the head scientist working for whimsical innovator, Simon Masrani. When Dr. Wu gets a little too experimental in the lab, he creates a hybrid dinosaur called the Indominus rex. But, if this franchise has taught us anything, it's don’t mess with nature.

When the animal turns out to be scarier than expected, Masrani has Claire, the parks hoity toity operations manager, hire Owen, rough and tough adventure guy, to inspect the animal's enclosure. And so, our stars are born, and naturally disaster strikes. The storyline isn't the only similarity between these films. With a budget of $150 Million, Jurassic World killed in the box office and brought in a record breaking $500 million on its opening weekend. It too was the highest earning movie of that year. Like father like son.

Unlike the first film, where the park never opened, this time around it was successful for a while, running for nearly ten years. And, although the franchise explicitly refers to the Jurassic era, not all the animals used in the films lived during this period. The Jurassic spanned over 56 million years over 200 million years ago and saw dinosaurs like Diplodocus', gentle herbivores, and Stegosaurus', the ones with the spikes, dominating the Earth. Dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor lived during the Late Cretaceous era and were used throughout the franchise as the horrifying antagonists. Plus, their DNA were both used to make the Indominus rex amongst animals like cuttlefish and tree frogs.

Oh, and another spot of useless trivia: Mr. DNA is back in Jurassic World. This time, the little character used to explain how scientists managed to achieve such a ground-breaking discovery, is voiced by the film's director, Colin Trevorrow. Maybe it would have been better if he'd warned visitors that genetically engineering dinosaurs and interfering with the natural order of things is bad news. But then, we wouldn't have a billion-dollar franchise loved by millions so touché.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released in June 2018. So, get Kwesé TV, tune in and catch up so that you can enjoy the next instalment!

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