Jurassic World is as solid a summer blockbuster as you could ask for – it’s smart (but not too smart), flashy (maybe a hair too flashy) and filled with great visual effects that never (quite) overwhelm its basically decent heart.
It has an old-fashioned hero, kids in peril, a heroine who goes from stick in the mud to tuchus-kicker, an amoral scientist, an incredibly mercenary would-be visionary and… DINOSAURS!
You know those extended commercials that various industries, but especially oil and pharmaceutical companies, make to make them seem benign and desirable?
The producers of Jurassic World have made one for InGen, the company responsible for the technology that allows dinosaurs to become de-extincted (their phrase). It’s as benign and in control as anyone could possible ask for, but since we know what happens in the movie, it takes on a chilling aspect that is quite delicious.
Check it out after the jump. Jurassic World opens on June 12th.
Heist and caper movies rely on manipulating what we see and hear in such a way that we see and hear everything we need to know without realizing that we’ve done so. In spite of some pacing problems and an occasional overabundance of flash (a tricky balance that writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa don’t always get right), Focus pulls off its caper with a certain amount of verve and panache.
Awake [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C] is one of the best of the season’s new programs, but you’d never know it from the ratings. At least when the show’s cast and creator promised a penguin, they came through with a penguin. Maybe that will help the ratings; maybe not. Still, it looks like a thoroughly entertaining hour of television.
Check out the penguin’s introduction, above, and two more intriguing clips from That’s Not My Penguin after the jump.