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'Jurassic Park 3-D': 3 points for parents

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) hides from a velociraptor. (Universal) Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) hides from a velociraptor. (Universal)

Plenty of scares: "Jurassic Park 3-D" may very well be one of those movies parents remember fondly and want to share with their younger children, but forget how frightening and startling the film can be. At the time of its release in 1993, there was talk about how the film pushed the boundaries of PG-13, and parents should take the rating seriously. The surprises that make the film jump-out-of-your-seat fun may be too intense for children 10 and under. Two young kids find themselves in peril throughout much of the film. It may be unnerving for kids to see other kids being stalked by meat-eating dinosaurs.

Death and gore: There's not a lot of blood in this film, aside from the dino blood being extracted from a mosquito. But there are plenty of savage attacks, including the graphic T-rex chomping of the lawyer sitting on the toilet. Several prominent characters become dinosaur meals.

Discovery: There is also so much to appreciate about this film, especially the dazzling effects that turn animatronic puppets and computer-generated imagery into dinosaurs that look like real wildlife, even after all these years. (This isn't like the old "Land of the Lost" TV show.) "Jurassic Park," with its imagery and incredible sound effects, has set the standard for how we perceive living, breathing and moving dinosaurs.

Aaron Shill is the editor of Features and Mormon Times at the Deseret News.

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