Today, Jurassic Park 4 was given a new title – Jurassic World, and to commemorate a Universally loved collection of movies, here is out Top Ten Moments in Jurassic Park History.
10. The Lost World Herding Scene
In at number 10, we have chosen the herding scene from The Lost World. The hunting team on the island are carving their way through a herd of herbivore dinosaurs with armored cars and bikes. The scene looks incredible with dust clouds obscuring the charging dinosaurs in such a way that you forget you are watching a movie. the close proximity between human and dinosaur is spectacular to see. Particular moments in this scene worth mentioning are the bad tempered Pachycephalosaurus head ramming an armored car and several unsuspecting hunters, while the Dino-Expert flicks through his laminated A4 pages of dino-knowlede. The scene concludes in sadness however as a Parasaurolophus is dragged to the ground and captured. The comment being, as throughout the film ‘trilogy’, man is the real monster here.
9. Spinosaurus Vs. T.Rex in Jurassic Park 3
Unfortunately, this is the best moment from Jurassic Park 3, and the only feature this film has in this countdown. However, that is not to bad to say when the other two films were generation defining. The Spinosaurus vs. Tyrannosaurs fight is a classic. The production and effort that went into that one seen was gigantic, and the outcome was nothing short of badass. The scene has not aged badly, like most of the trilogy, and its the only prolonged scene of dino-on-dino action we get throughout the trilogy. This scene could have been placed higher, but the T.Rex doesn’t win…whats up with that?
8. Velociraptors in the Kitchen in Jurassic Park
This infamous scene comes in at number 8. The Velociraptors have been hunting the group throughout the film, and finally get their highly intelligent claws on them inside the all new Jurassic Park kitchen, spared no expense. The Raptors can open doors, but it turns out that ice is their one weakness. Oh, and the gigantic jaws of a Tyrannosaurs several moments later. Great scene, high tension and one of the first times you have ever successfully seen dinosaurs in a modern environment.
7. Trailers getting trashed by T.Rex’s in The Lost World
In this scene we see some world class acting from Vince Vaughn. Only messing…this scene is actually really good. After attempting to rescue a baby T.Rex, Dr.Malcolm and his team decide to park their Ingen deathtraps next to a cliff. Two angry T.Rex parents turn up. Rip the trailers a new bum hole, and then double team the s**t out of poor Eddie, who valiantly sacrifices himself so the team may escape with their lives…not the trailers. They take a little tumble off the cliff.
6.Velociraptors in the long grass.
In one of the most high tension scene in Jurassic Park history, the Velociraptors closing in on the human party in the tall grass comes in at number 6. The music, score, visuals and camera work make this scene truly scary. The shot pictured looks great and suspends the tension that bit longer. The whipping tails and observant heads of the Raptors resemble the suspense provided in Jaws, crescendoing in a Raptor leaping 50ft in the air and chewing a guys face off. Great scene.
5. Dr. Malcolm forecasts Jurassic Park 3
The insight and wisdom of Dr. Malcolm never ceases to amaze me. First he expertly accounts on chaos theory, then moments later expresses psychic ability when he declares Jurassic Park 3 will be “one big pile of s**t.” Just for this line, Malcolm, you are our number 5.
4. Jurassic Park Opening Scene
To say Spielberg is a genius is to state the obvious, but this opening scene is a masterpiece. The scene sets the tone for the entire collection of movies, with humans thinking they are in control, only for an ancient dinosaur to demonstrate the true force of nature, and eat their asses. The humans panic and resort to the only method they know how to stop the threat, “Shoooooot her!!!!”. The scene is a premonition of what is to come in Jurassic Park and is a wonderful demonstration of movie making by Spielberg. Well worthy of our top ten moments.
3. Tyrannosaurs Attacks San Diego
Okay, we’re getting serious now. In at number 3, we have the scene where a T’.Rex decides to give humanity a taste of its own medicine. The dinosaur rampages through the streets of San Diego, eating dogs and wrecking buildings. This scene taught me three things. Tyrannosaurs’ hate traffic lights, buses and Blockbuster. Perhaps, we are not so different after all?
2. Tyrannosaurs’ Big First Appearance
This scene could easily have won. What a masterpiece. I look back on this scene with huge nostalgia and romance. The T.Rex’s first appearance. What an entrance?! “Where’s the goat?” Boom! There’s the goat, you vegetarian f**k! *cough*…So, this scene is amazing. The moment that T.Rex smashes through the electric fence, takes a few slow steps between the camo cars and roars gives me a dino-hard-on every time. And I am not ashamed to admit, I used to imitate that T.Rex every time I watched that movie when I was a kid…although I didn’t waste a lawyer, giving him the most un-dignified death in cinema history, of being eaten while on the toilet. When will we learn to listen to Alan Grant? Dinosaurs turned into birds. Correct. Don’t move, he can’t see us if we don’t move? Correct.
1. The Best Moment in Jurassic Park History is…Dilophosaurus totals fat guy.
“We now know Dilophosaurus was actually poisonous, spitting venom at its prey. Causing blankness, and eventually paralyzes.” Well kind of Steven. Actually Dilophosaurus was about 3 meters tall, it didn’t spit venom and it did not have that multi-coloured-terror thrill. But you know what? Who cares. What a scene!
This is what you get for double crossing John Hammond and his team, bro! Dinosaur spit in your face. And just when you think you escaped…
Its back! No escape this time fat boy.
That concludes our Jurassic Park Top 10 moments countdown…
or does it…
Here is a conclusion for the romantic fan like myself, that looks back at Jurassic Park with fond memories. This is one of the movies that really got me into film. And this moment was so emotional, so convincing and so beautiful to watch, it has to be mentioned in this countdown. I present to you, Number 0.
0. “How did you do this?” “I’ll show you.”
The single most beautiful moment in Jurassic Park history, if not of all time. Alan Grant wanders the grounds of Jurassic Park and sees his first living dinosaur. This is also the audiences first visual of the return of the extinct and it is truly beautiful. The music score by John Williams is a masterpiece and the performance from Sam Niel, Laura Derm and Richard Attenbourgh is perfect. I plead with you to youtube this scene and just admire. “You’ve got a T.Rex?” The excitement of the existence of dinosaurs and then the awe-inspiring “How did you do this?” and the pride shown in Hammond’s response, “I’ll show you.” Locating the film in a realistic interpretation of reanimating dinosaurs with real science was a stroke of genius, but it is the beauty of this movie, teamed with the terror that made Jurassic Park one of the greatest movies of all time.
Making a Top 10 was so difficult, as there as so many incredible moments. What else would you have included? Would Samuel L. Jackson’s arm falling on to Laura Derm’s shoulder be in there? Or the Velociraptor who catches fire from a lightbulb have made your Top Ten? Let us know in the comments!
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015.
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