Friday, September 28, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World (2015) has been left in ruins and to rub salt in the wounds, a volcano erupts.  Dinosaurs are captured by mercenaries to be auctioned off on the black market back in the United States, including the genetically-modified Indoraptor.  What could go wrong?

Spoiler Alert!  The dinosaurs escape their cages and wreak havoc.  Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is a mediocre entry in the dino franchise.  Not completely boring yet not entirely compelling.  I'm actually more interested in the next sequel to see how humans and dinosaurs coexist.  

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was filmed in Oahu and Kaneohe, HI and in the UK

Location: The Volcano
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI

CGI'd on the Kualoa Ranch...

The stampede to safety was also filmed in this area...

Location: The Pier
Address: 46-499 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI

The crew races to the boats on this pier.  I don't have a comparison shot at the moment..

Locations Visited: July 2018

Related Locations:

Jurassic Park (1993)The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)Jurassic Park III (2001)Jurassic World (2015)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic Park (1993) is to Disneyland as Jurassic World is to Disney World - bigger and better.  Mankind has gotten desensitized with the usual dino fanfare and want more.  Advancements in gene splicing has led to the creation of the Indominus Rex, the first genetically-modified hybrid, hoping to boost attendance and shut mankind's piehole for a while.  In a shocking twist, the dinosaurs escape and run amok and it's up to raptor wrangler Owen Grady to save the day.

I was not a huge fan of The Lost World or Jurassic Park III, so exceptions were low for the latest installment.  While it was part rehash of Jurassic Park and part sequel to Deep Blue Sea, I quite enjoyed the film, particularly the Pterosaurs escaping the aviary and wreaking havoc.  Jurassic World fulfilled it's duty as a summer popcorn movie, even if it had become a fallen kingdom.

Jurassic World was filmed on Kauai, Wainmanalo and Honolulu, HI and in New Orleans, LA

Location: The Airport
Address: 900 Airline Drive, New Orleans, LA

Location: Isla Nublar's Ferry Dock
Address: Kalaniana'ole Highway, Waimanalo, HI Makai Research Pier

The monorail station is directly across Kalaniana'ole Highway...

Location: Isla Nublar's Hilton Resort
Address: 1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI  The Hawaii Convention Center

Location: Owen's Hut
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI  Kualoa Movie Ranch

My tour unfortunately didn't stop at Owen's hut, but it's across the highway from the ranch...

Location: The Indominus Rex Observation Deck
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI  Kualoa Movie Ranch

Location: The Gallimimus Stampede
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI  Kualoa Movie Ranch

This is the same area the Gallimimus stampede from Jurassic Park (1993) was filmed as well as the beach from Lost (2004-2010).

Location: The Gyrosphere Attraction
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI  Kualoa Movie Ranch

Location: SWAT Team Attack
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI  Kualoa Movie Ranch

Locations Visited: July 2018, July 2022

Still Need To Locate:

The Mitchell House

Related Locations:

Jurassic Park (1993)The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)Jurassic Park III (2001)Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Jurassic Park (1993)

We've all suffered from theme park fatigue.  After a while, the rollercoaster loops fail to impress and the fanny packs blend into one giant suitcase. Speaking of giants, John Hammond has the brilliant idea of cloning dinosaurs by extracting their DNA from mosquitos trapped in the amber and letting them roam a theme park where people can see them up close.  What could go wrong?  Just about everything you could think up as a tropical storm hits and the power goes out right around feeding time.  Scientists, along with Hammond's grandchildren, fight for their lives as they dodge Raptors, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Gallimimus stampede.  

Steven Speilberg has delivered many cinematic masterpieces over his career.  In the 1970s Jaws (1975) rose to the surface, in the 1980s E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) took flight and the 1990s would not be left out with Michael Crichton's bestseller adapted for the big screen.  Jurassic Park was highly-praised upon release and broke box office records, attracting everyone from little kids to old fossils. ;-)  There was no way these dinosaurs would face cinematic extinction. ;-)

Jurassic Park was filmed in Kaneohe and Kuwaii, HI and Universal City and Burbank, CA

Location: The T. Rex Chase
Address: Warner Brothers Backlot, Burbank CA

Location: The Gallimimus Stampede
Address: Kualoa Movie Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI

You might ask yourself why one of Jurassic Park's most memorable sequences was the only one filmed on Oahu.  That's because during filming Hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai.  Actual footage of the hurricane is seen as the storm makes landfall on Isla Nublar.  Thus, the Gallimimus stampede was moved to the Kualoa Movie Ranch and is the most popular stop on the tour... 

The tree trunk Grant and the kids huddle into was actually located across the roadway from where it currently sits on the tour.  I was so in awe of it, I didn't pay attention to the reason why it was moved...

The Gallimimus stampede from Jurassic World (2015) was also filmed here as well as the golf course from Lost (2004-2010).

Location Visited: July 2018

Related Locations:

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)Jurassic Park III (2001)Jurassic World (2015)Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)