Jurassic Park 3D review

Nothing feels remotely extinct about Steven Spielberg's epic

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Twenty years on from its original release, nothing feels remotely extinct about Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster take on Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel.

Not the Oscar-winning FX that brought the dinosaurs back to life. Not John Williams’ timeless score.

Not even Richard Attenborough’s hokey-but-wholesome turn as John Hammond, the eccentric billionaire who clones prehistoric beasties for his very own adventure-land.

The 3D conversion only adds to Spielberg’s tension-fuelled Jaws- meets -Westworld narrative – notably when a velociraptor leaps at the camera in the nail-chewing finale.

Best of all, that sense of wonder that sweeps palaeontologist Sam Neill’s face when he first sees the dinosaurs... you’ll still feel it too.

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James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.