Lets talk about how awesome the Jurassic world movie is.
I am not a movie person, so I stay the heck away from movies - except when its certain cult genres, or movies from my childhood. I can't recall when exactly I watched the Jurassic park movie but now, every time I watch that movie - it reminds me of simpler times of the 90’s.
The jurassic park of the 90’s is an incredibly well-made movie for its time. In many ways, it was well ahead of its time - the dinosaurs looked real, and the T-Rex was a sight to behold. Lets take a moment to admire Micheal Crichton for his great work of fiction - Jurassic park, and the lost world novels. He brought us a world of dinosaurs that was so riveting, so gory, so furiously ferocious and wild that it left us awed, thrilled and made us think about these creatures and nature in a scientific way. If you haven't read these books, you should read them - they are well worth your time.
The jurassic park series is an unparalleled classic, the mother of all adventure films. It takes you to a world of possibilities; to a place where mankind has taken a giant leap into the unknown, and all hell breaks loose. All the different breeds of dinosaurs make for such cult and epic stars that you can't tear your eyes away from them. You stalk their every movement, wonder in anticipation what they will do next, and gasp in horror or smile with a sense of satisfaction as they wreak terror and mayhem upon the stumbling, fumbling, and despicably annoying humans.
Ego and ignorance masquerading as ambition and drive or ambition and drive culminating to ego and stupidity - which of these do you think aptly describes the dinosaur making enterprise of John Hammond? I thought it was incredibly arrogant of these band of humans to play with science and genes on such a huge level without having a full understanding of the cause and effect at play. A dominant predator of today trying to bring back from dead another dominant predator of a bygone era that nature had chosen for extinction - this smacks of a juvenile pursuit, stupidity, ignorance and doomsday. Dinosaurs are not meant to entertain and serve humans, that's such a pitiful and despicable conception of one of nature’s powerful creations. Only humans are capable of such hubris, only they can perpetuate such ideas and uphold such ideals. Anything that can be leveraged to kill each other, to entertain each other, or to play god is pretty much what the human pursuit has come to be.
Jurassic World builds upon the legacy and concept of Jurassic Park by taking us back to John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park. As much as the basic premise and the main plot remains same, the sub-plots are full of thoughtful leaps of imagination into the world of possibilities. Velociraptors that were such a terror in Jurassic Park are now somewhat tamed and being trained to be in a relationship of mutual trust and respect with man. That is an astounding feat of imagination, and an utterly fragile system fraught with so many unknowns that it takes a special kind of character to steer it in the right direction and to save the day. Needless to say, the hero of the film tries to play a kind, respecting and understanding master for a pack of three velociraptors. He is the only voice of reason in a ship of fools mainly concerned with the success of the theme park, and the notorious enterprise of controlling dinosaurs.
The other incredible development is: humans create a whole new breed that didn't exist before by mixing genes - indominus Rex, the sole purpose being - to scare and amaze people at a whole new level and to have the park stakeholders invested in the park. This commercialization is so deplorable and poignantly sad, it almost makes you wonder what kind of self serving monsters are we? It's like a clothing store coming up with a whole new line of clothes or Apple coming up with a new product to keep its investors and stakeholders satisfied, except that this is an extinct species that man is treating like an inanimate object at his disposal. We are like a doomed species that doesn't know what to do with all this intelligence that nature and evolution has gifted us with.
Sure enough, chaos erupts when the genetically cooked indominus Rex breaks loose using its cunning and physical power. And, then it's the typical Jurassic routine of men and women getting their butt chewed by all kinds of dinosaurs. The system and the park collapses, and the hero is sought by a clueless and distraught heroine to save the day. The raptors are brought in to get the formidable indominus under control, again an interesting concept but the most amazing twist in the tale was when the raptors and the indominus Rex collaborate on an elaborate and simple plan: to destroy humans.
However, the raptors - having been bred in captivity - feel their loyalty shift towards the hero instead of the indominus Rex. This was an interesting premise addressing the whole - nature vs nurture debate. That the nature of a beast can be altered by its environment and interactions is what the movie indicated, which does make sense and has credibility, except that when you apply that logic to a fierce predator like the raptors, it seems crazy and unthinkable.
Of Course, raptors are no match for the indominus rex. This is where another iconic surprise and a plot element from the original movie is revived. A T-Rex kept in secrecy is unleashed against the indominus Rex, and an epic battle between two dinosaurs plays out. This was one of the highlights, ingenious and brilliant. The scene's well done. As the T-Rex is about to be slashed to death by indominus Rex, the raptors attack again. It's interesting to note and ponder a couple of things at this juncture. Everything that happens from this point had a layer of profoundness to it and it showed how intelligent and smart dinosaurs are compared to humans. In Fact, the T-Rex and the velociraptors demonstrated the most mature interaction in the movie, none of the humans displayed that level of instinctive understanding of reality and right conduct of behavior. The raptors and the T-Rex team up against the indominus Rex, and lead it to its death. Once it's gone, the raptor and t-Rex stare at each other for a moment before walking away. I wonder if it were two armies, would they have done the same or clawed at each other. That the humans are saved from the man made dinosaur by the dinosaurs that nature created billions of years ago - in a way says that nature saved mankind's butt, that man cannot outdo nature and that man needs the help of nature to win its battles. Another interesting thing was that the t-Rex and raptors instinctively knew that indominus wasn't one of them, and the beasts of nature destroyed the monster created by mankind. That the raptors forsake their predator traits and do not eat the hero and the heroine and her annoying little nephews speaks a lot about their level of integrity and loyalty. When confronted by hunger and possessing the power to kill and eat, I am not so sure that man would do what the raptors did.
Finally, I didn't like the two teenagers in the movie, their actions and reactions were either too cliched or too unrealistic. The heroine was portrayed completely one dimensional until the hero saves the day. In conclusion, the true champs were the dinosaurs. Watch the movie, and let me know what you think