Should You Pace Your Movie Like the Original ‘Jurassic Park’? Sam Neill Says No

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Jurassic Park is not like the blockbusters we see today.

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is a masterclass in direction, set pieces, and thrills. To this day, the special effects look incredible, and it warms my heart when new audiences find it.

But Jurassic Park is sort of a slow burn. In fact, the original takes 45 minutes to get to the Tyrannosaurus rex flipping the car scene. This is not at all like modern blockbusters. Most action movies go full-tilt from the opening scene.

When they rebooted Jurassic Park to Jurassic World, the filmmakers made sure to include way more thrilling moments in the first act to remind everyone the story would go sideways. And other modern action movies, like the John Wick series, rarely slow down, if ever. They’re non-stop action movies. And supposedly, Jurassic World: Dominion follows that theme.

Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Alan Grant in the original and is back for the latest, was interviewed by Variety recently. He questioned the modern audience’s palate for Spielberg’s original slow-paced style.

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