5 Things I Didn’t Like About ‘Jurassic World’

Posted in The Screening Room by - June 16, 2015

Jurassic World just had the biggest opening of all time last weekend, further emphasizing that people do love dinosaurs. Expanding on Spielberg’s classic, Jurassic World brought back the feeling of wonder and discovery with the new park and cast. While the film was enjoyable and engaging, with Chris Pratt’s performance being the highlight, it was hardly a perfect film. I will detail some of my biggest issues with the film below. 

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1. Unnecessary Plot Points – Zack and Gray, the two young leads of the film, have random plot points issued in the film that are never addressed or paid off in any manner. For example, Zack continuously ogles every girl in the park, but nothing ever comes of it, other than him appearing kind of creepy. Also introduced is the fact that their parents are undergoing divorce proceedings. However, other than a brief conversation about it, it is never mentioned again. Why introduce unnecessary plot points if there is no consequence? Is that supposed to make us feel sympathetic towards the two boys because being chased to death by killer dinosaurs isn’t enough? It appears that the writers of Jurassic World wanted to have this massive spectacle with some heart, but instead all we got was massive spectacle with half hearted efforts at plot development. 

2. Stupid Main Characters – Probably the biggest sin of the film, the characters (aside from Chris Pratt) are incredibly stupid. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Vic Hoskins spends the whole film trying to convince us that turning velociraptors into soldiers and letting them fight our wars is a good idea. ISIS giving you problems? Send in the raptors! It’s as stupid as it sounds, and Owen Grady (Pratt) spends the whole film telling others the correct thing to do, only to have them summarily ignore him and proceed to get eaten. Even when the raptor combat test fails, Hoskins STILL tries to escape with dinosaur embryos to continue his plan. BD Wong’s scientist decides that making a killer dinosaur that can do literally anything the plot demands is somehow a good idea, and instead of working in more controls (he was part of the failure of the first Jurassic Park) he refuses to disclose key information to the CEO of his own company, while escaping the carnage. The guy has indirectly cause not one, but two major dino breakouts leading to massive death counts, yet he still doesn’t care and continues playing God. There are other smaller things that characters do that are equally offensive, but I’ll let my diatribe suffice for the moment. 

3. Dumb Plot – Scientists make super dino, super dino escapes, super dino kills everyone. This would be sort of cool, if the dinosaur’s escape and subsequent rampage wasn’t caused by massive lapses in logic. Let’s try and subdue a killer dinosaur whose capabilities we don’t even know with non-lethal weapons because that’s a great idea. Let the CEO pilot the helicopter to attack a dinosaur with a rail-gun because no one in our “elite” security unit can pilot a chopper? Why not? Jurassic World forgoes logic for plot conveniences at every corner. Sure, I’m happy the two boys escape the remains of the original park and don’t get eaten, but a throwaway line about them working on grandpa’s car shouldn’t allow them to become master mechanics to repair a two decade old jeep just because the plot demands it. 

4. The Raptors’ Potential Wasted – As previously mentioned, Vic wants to utilize the raptors as an elite hunting unit for the army, and it’s genuinely cool to see Owen bond with them and even show a level of control previously unseen in the series. However, after Owen finally relents and decides to take the raptors into the field to take down Indominus Rex, they immediately turn on our main characters because…..Indominus has some raptor DNA, so obviously that trumps the years of training the raptors have had in about 20 seconds. To add insult to injury, after faking us out with the raptors working with the humans, as soon as everyone but the main cast is killed, the raptors remember they are trained and flip sides AGAIN. It’s pure movie logic, wastes a somewhat cool (if dumb) twist, and doesn’t provide a satisfying payoff for a plot point that is emphasized throughout the movie. 

5. What Does InGen Actually Do? – In the previous films, InGen is portrayed as the organization that actually does the research and development on the dinosaur development, but in the new film, it seems they have reorganized as a private military unit. This isn’t really clarified, and there’s an odd disconnect between the heads of Jurassic World and InGen’s motives. It’s not a major problem, but as InGen has a heavy presence in the film, some clarification on their status would help things make more sense to the viewer, especially since BD Wong’s character seems to work for Masrani but answers to InGen for completely unknown reasons. 

While this may seem like harsh criticism, I did enjoy Jurassic World and found it entertaining. The script and characterization issues, however, will prevent it from being more than a fun, if forgettable film. 

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