THE JURASSIC GAMES
by Attila Gyula Balázs
“This is a movie made for entertainment, not enlightenment, purposes; but I can’t help but feel a foreboding tone that this is where our entertainment industry is going.”
I give this film
The movie starts with a quote from this genius.
The third film from writer director Ryan Bellgardt, The Jurassic Games, spares no time to bring you head first into a world George Carlin would say he predicted. (It literally starts with his quote, “Let’s use capital punishment the same way we use sports and television in this country…”
Cut from black and you are transported to a world where this is the case. In a seamless interaction between the game show, “The Jurassic Games” what it’s like in the studio during the live event, and peering into the lives of those who watch it, the audience is immersed completely in a new approach to capital punishment. The show hosted by a game master, Ryan Merriman, who makes intermittent appearances in the games VR system to guide contents and is the direct link to the audience as the games progress. Among the ten contestants, who all faced death row charges, is the murder Anthony Tucker, Adam Hampton, is the audience’s favorite as most feel that he not guilty of his crime. The ensemble cast includes blow out performances from up and coming actors Kyle Pennington, Katie Burgess, Luke Wycoff, Cate Jones, not to mention a martial arts fight between three raptors and Tiger Shue.
This is a movie made for entertainment, not enlightenment, purposes; but I can’t help but feel a foreboding tone as this is where our entertainment industry is going. There are several moments where the audiences reaction in the movie matched that of the one in the theater. This is when people were killed, not exactly a funny moment, but maybe death is the new joke. The VFX are not on the level of Avengers: Infinity War, but here are the cavates: 1) the budget was 1/1600th. 2)It’s a VR simulation, get over it.