p>Let me first do this clip the proper internet justice: _Ermahgerdddddddddd! Jurassic Park is back, and now it’s 3D!
Yes, Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D to be launched early next year. That news has been out for awhile, but — finally — the trailer has been released. As you might guess, the movie is the same one that got released in 1993, and on most laptop screens the 3D effect is totally nonexistent. But producers have at least spruced it up with key nostalgia buzzwords like REMEMBER and RETURN to, you know, remind you that this movie is old
But all that doesn’t change the fact that Jurassic Park is one of the best sci-fi action flicks of all time. Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Goldblum aside, JP was wonderfully unique in that it obsessed over a biology-driven future that felt, at most, a few months away from being possible. It helps that it appeared during the biotech boom of the early 90s, during which gene therapy and GMOs weren’t something to worry about, but rather brilliant solutions created by capital-s Science.
That concept was at the core of much of Michael Crichton’s work, a theme he explored from various angles but that generally remained the same: the conflict between scientists and engineers driven by their belief that they could research their way out of any problem, and their egomaniacal obsession with simply moving too quickly. It’s an age-old tale of dreamers battling reality, but it’s also one that, after the hand-wringing over CERN’s LHC possibly destroying the world, seems quaint today.
I still lament the fact that the film version of Jurassic Park leaves out so many of the events portrayed in the book (and let’s not even talk about the adaptation of The Lost World), but looking back on it through my 3D nostalgia goggles, Jurassic Park on the big screen was still pretty faithful to the core, sorta-cyberpunky message of the book. A rogue billionaire uses supercomputer-aided biotech methods to recreate his dream in a country with very shady legal framework, and then invites some of the top scientists in the world to check it out, and it all fails, almost everyone dies, and then the military torches everything.
Maybe that’s why many of us are worried about genetic modification and hardcore biotech, because every time it shows up in a movie, it goes horribly (and plausibly) wrong. Still, above that, there’s one reason Jurassic Park deserves to be watched, even if it’s just the same movie 20 years later: Replace those dinosaurs with zombies, and you’ve got basic plot of 90 percent of the biotech-gone-wrong movies made since.
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