By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz
I’ll never forget the first time I watched “Jurassic Park.” It’s an intense, harrowing experience — and one that continues to make me jump, no matter how many times I’ve watched it since then. From the moment the characters first land on the ill-fated island where dinosaurs have been brought back to life, to the end where the survivors barely manage to escape with their lives, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t give viewers much of a chance to stop and catch their breath. If the T. rex isn’t terrorizing the characters and trying to rip apart their SUV, then the vicious velociraptors are on the prowl, and by the time you realize you’re being tracked, it’s already too late.
Based on a novel by the late Michael Crichton, a master of the scientific thriller, the “Jurassic Park” movie was the ultimate big-budget blockbuster. Although it was released 20 years ago, it made such an impression on audiences that it has become a permanent part of pop culture (and probably made more than a few visitors at natural history museums peer nervously at the T. rex statue in the dinosaur exhibit).
With the recent trend in Hollywood of re-releasing popular films in 3D, it was only a matter of time before “Jurassic Park” received its own upgrade. While I’m still not sure if I’m a fan of the big push towards 3D in general, “Jurassic Park” is well worth watching again on the big screen. Continue reading