Jurassic World | DVD review - The dinosaurs are back - but it's Chris & Bryce who make the movie swing

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Two decades after Steven Spielberg’s monster hit Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs are on the rampage again in Jurassic World.

The ill-fated luxury resort dreamed up by Richard Attenborough’s billionaire showman in the original 1993 film is now, it appears, successfully up and running. Yet its bosses – not unlike the makers of blockbuster films - need to come up with bigger, scarier beasts every year to keep visitors coming back. Unfortunately, all hell breaks loose when the genetically modified dinosaur they’ve cooked up in the lab, the fearsome Indominus rex, escapes and runs amok.

The ensuing adventure delivers the thrills and spills we have come to expect from the series, but it is the film’s leading duo who really make things swing. Chris Pratt’s military vet turned dinosaur wrangler Owen, a rugged old-school hero cut from the Indiana Jones mould, proves equally handy with a quip, a firearm and a vintage motorcycle, while Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, the theme park’s tightly wound operations manager, pulls off her less instantly amenable character too.

Which is probably an even more impressive feat given that she has to sprint away from a rapacious dinosaur in high heels. Look out for the in-jokey nods to previous Spielberg films - the Jaws reference will make you gulp.

Certificate 12. Runtime 119 mins. Director Colin Trevorrow.

Jurassic World is released on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 19th October and is available now on Digital HD.

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Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.