Jurassic Park: The Book and The Movie
The story of Jurassic Park was written about fourteen years ago by a man named Michael Crichton. His book has now evolved into three movies of Jurassic Park I, II, and III. Steven Speilberg has taken the story of Crichton is transformed it into one of his action packed, suspense thrillers.
The first main theme that makes the story of Jurassic Park is its setting. The setting is a huge factor in the understanding of the story. The story takes place on an isolated island off the coast of Costa Rica that has become a theme park exhibiting prehistoric dinosaurs. Here dinosaurs roam unrestricted. The only restraint they have were gates and fences that could easily be knocked down by the gigantic animals.
The island in the book sets an eerie setting. The island is said to be top in security and nothing could go wrong, but it is just a death trap waiting to happen. The reader gets this impression when the helicopter first arrives to the island. The island is referred to hell very often in the book, but the movie does not come out and state it. Rather the movie makes you think that everything will be alright on the island, but the audience knows that something bad is going to happen just because of the setting. Crichton has a master plan to show that the island isn’t only hell but a trap.
The book tells that once the island becomes chaotic and hectic most of the scientists on the island go their separate ways. It is not so when it comes to the movie. In the movie, Speilberg shows all the scientist except for two staying together. Like the book, the two scientists that strayed in the movie were killed by the dinosaurs.
The turning point in both the movie and the book is when the storm comes. A huge hurricane is going to hit the island dead on. There is nothing the people could do except wait it through. The storm is more massive then anyone expected and it knocks out the power to the whole island. This is the point at which the book and movie differ again.
The book tells that the storm knocks out all the power to the island and to all the electrical gates. This is a major problem for the scientists. This puts their safety in jeopardy. There is now nothing protecting the people from the dinosaurs because there is no power going through the electric fences. This is when all hell breaks loose. The dinosaurs realize that they are not being restrained any more and break loose. They are roaming about the island while the scientists scramble to get the power back on through a generator. During all the chaos the dinosaurs have already taken out five people out of the team of ten.
The movie differs a little bit from the book at this point. During the storm all of the scientists go out to try to get the power back on and to try to stay alive. Raptors have raided the lab and center of the park and are hungry for some people. The raptors and other dinosaurs take out three people out of the team of ten in the movie. Like the book the people scramble to get the power on but decide to start running too.
Now in both the movie and the book the scientists find a place to stay that is safe from the dinosaurs. The people are finally able to get radio contact with a boat that is going to pick them up in twelve hours.
The end of the story has various twists on how the scientists escape. The movie shows us that the T-Rex saves them from the raptors. This dinosaur eats all the other raptors and makes it a safe get away for the remaining scientists. The book states pretty much the same but has one variation. In the end the T-Rex chases the scientists throughout the building and is against them. The T-Rex ends up helping the scientists out indirectly by taking out the raptors. The book tells that the dinosaur was doing this because it was hungry.
The end of the movie leaves people wanting more and they know another movie is coming out. The book left me thinking that the age of the genetically engineered dinosaurs is over. The U.S. Military bombs the whole island and youd think that they were all dead, but theyre not.