Jurassic World a Tyrannosaurus wreck


Peyton Whittington, Online Editor-in-Chief

After watching the cinematic masterpiece that is the first “Jurassic Park” slowly deteriorate into countless dinosaur jump-scares and power-hungry corporate minions making bad decisions, it is nice to see nothing has changed with the release of the franchise’s fourth installment, “Jurassic World.”

The story centers on a luxury theme park of the film’s namesake on the famed Isla Nublar, 22 years after the original Jurassic Park fiasco. The park showcases various advanced technological features, such as dinosaur holograms, herbivore petting zoos and island tour guides narrated by Jimmy Fallon in giant hamster balls.

The park’s latest genetic concoction happens to be the film’s main protagonist, Indominus rex.

Because of declining park attendance, Jurassic World’s top scientists thought it an excellent idea to mix up a DNA cocktail of horrors, allowing the Indominus to remove her own thermal signature, camouflage herself and cruise right to the top of the food chain. As one might imagine, all hell breaks loose.

Chris Pratt, as the rough, tough Owen Grady, stars alongside the prim and proper park owner, Claire Dearing, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. Critics are on the mark when they say that Dearing is portrayed in a sexist manner. She is shown running in pumps the entire movie, making laughably stupid decisions the head of an enormous enterprise would never dream to make and picking up a gun a whopping one time. Wow, a woman defending herself in an action flick? Groundbreaking.

Director Joss Whedon even tweeted about a clip from the film, shown below, featuring Howard and Pratt, saying, “…and I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?”

It’s safe to say that Pratt’s raptors received more character development than Dearing and the majority of the main protagonists.

As for the film’s plot, Jurassic World is an unstable patchwork of several underdeveloped storylines, many of which were left out to dry and never mentioned again. For example, one scene shows Claire’s two nephews, who came to spend the weekend with their aunt, randomly discussing the imminent divorce of their parents, never to be spoken of again and without adding to the emotional bond between the two characters.

Despite the flawed storyline, the filmmakers did, however, succeed in creating the most terrifying villain featured in the Jurassic Park series. The genetic bouillabaisse that is Indominus rex was made to outrun, outgun and outsmart every living creature, which definitely increased the number of butt-clenching moments throughout the film.

Moral of the story? Stick to cool CGI dinosaurs and sweaty Chris Pratt. It’s what people came to see, anyway.