Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Cynical cash-grab sequel crosses the Rubicon with an ill-judged script- but grosses $1.3 billion

I suppose if I had to give the makers of this sequel any credit at all, it would be that they at least tried to stretch the Jurassic Park franchise boundaries, and move it towards something ‘new’, however ill-thought that ‘new’ is, or even if we needed to really stretch those boundaries anyway.  We’re out of the Theme Park business now, we’re into the Dinosaur Arms race. Which irritates the hell out of me. Using the dinosaur cloning tech as a weapons technology? I never bought that in any of the earlier films, it just doesn’t make any sense. What the hell is the military application of having leading a squad of Raptors on a field operation? How do you train Raptors to do anything but kill the enemy (and possibly any civilian or military ‘friendlies’ caught in the middle), or anything else moving within their sight, and how do they do that if they are being gunned down from a distance or blown up, or how does anything they do surpass a enacting a simple drone strike operation from thousands of miles away anyway? Where’s the stealth or element of surprise when using a T-Rex as a heavy weapon, or do you ride it like a horse in some kind of cavalry charge? Moreover, when genetically engineered Dino-weapons become utilised by both sides, where’s the gain other than dealers profiting from yet another arms race? Hey, I thought these movies were about dinosaurs?

Its just like Alien with its own nonsense of a weapons division seeing some monetary worth in dubious and unexplained applications of using the Alien creature in combat. I never bought that nonsense in 1979 and I still don’t now, several films later. Other than demonstrating the hubris of thinking you can control such a technology or creature, both franchises just seem to use their central conceit of man’s fascination with military might, or making money from it, simply as a device to move their plots forward. Its limited logic breaks down the more you think about it, but nonetheless the film-makers seem to insist on stretching the idea further and further. Its comic-book thinking that appears to believe it deserves elevating to serious motion-picture appraisal.

The danger of course is that the franchises become something far different from what they were when they started, and alienate their original audience. A monster in space horror movie becomes a Rambo in space action flick, and a Dinosaur Theme Park movie becomes, what, a Jurassic Terminator action flick or some Jurassic hybrid of the Planet of the Apes movies, in which the dinosaurs re-inherit the Earth?

It has occured to me that there is a parallel with the recent Star Wars films, in that The Force Awakens basically remade A New Hope in just the same way as Jurassic World remade Jurassic Park, and that with the second films (The Last Jedi and Fallen Kingdom) the producers have (ironically, perhaps) then moved the films much further away from their forebears, as if in a reactionary response to those prior remake/reboots. So in Fallen Kingdom we have the original island blasted by a volcanic eruption, the remaining dinosaurs relocated to the mainland and let loose following an arms auction that has run amok.

Mind, that box office seems to prove the film-makers are doing something right and I know nothing, John Snow.


3 thoughts on “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  1. Someone (or someones) clearly thinks “dinosaurs as military tech” is a good and/or plausible idea, and I guess because it’s all hypothetical you can’t prove it isn’t and so they think it’s logical… but current military forces don’t use, say, lions and tigers, do they, so why should dinosaurs (even trainable ones) be any more practical?

    Jurassic Park is one really, really great idea (“resurrected dinosaurs in a theme park run amok”) — an idea so great they’ve turned it into one classic movie and one sequel/reboot I like an awful lot — but at this point it seems fairly clear that’s more or less the extent of its worth. Or maybe the next one will surprise us, who knows.

  2. Ian Smith

    I’m surprised they didn’t just go with some foreign territory launching its own theme park but perhaps with a twist in which the Dino/ gene tech was faulty or messed up resulting in Dino monsters or something. It adds a bit of a twist bit doesn’t rip up the central premise. Set it in China and wait for the money to roll in. (I’m in the wrong job, obviously)

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