‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Directed by J.A. Bayona: a Science Fiction Thriller With a Deep Philosophical Message
The fifth movie of the ‘Jurassic saga’ is another attempt to unveil the mysteries of the prehistoric world existence, yet from a different perspective. Viewers are not devoid of pleasure to contemplate the awesome creatures of the Jurassic period, however, this journey is more profound and raises more ethical questions than the previous four encounters with the primeval realm. The world we meet in the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a declining empire with shattered ideals, where caged, scared, and injured animals embody the fading power of the doomed population.
Plot and main characters
The movie plot revolves around an upcoming volcanic eruption on Isla Nubar, the theme park location where the Jurassic World has emerged. The natural disaster poses a serious threat to the animals’ existence and raises a series of scientific and moral challenges whether to save the prehistoric inhabitants or let them die.
Claire Dearing played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who is a dinosaur welfare activist and a former theme park operations manager, persuades her ex-boyfriend Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to join the secret action of animal evacuation from the island on the verge of volcanic eruption. Saving animals, they both fall a prey to the villainous plan of Elli Mills, Sir Benjamin Lockwood’s double-faced assistant. Elli Mills brilliantly acted by Rafe Spall under the disguise of the rescue action harbors a malicious intent to use the animals as a secret weapon.
Horror scenes with a thought-provoking message
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ lures its viewers to catch a last glimpse of the world doomed to lapse into oblivion. The movie is full of horror shots displaying the monstrous power of the wild nature untamed by humans regardless of their efforts. However, the perception of this power is rather contradictory. The gigantic jaws on the undersea monster at the very beginning of the movie create a horrifying setting, however, delving deeper into the plot, we cannot help feeling that their uncontrollable power is a fallacy. One shot displays how Claire and Owen risk their lives to get some blood from a sleeping monster Tyrannosaurus rex, while the other side of the shield shows a wounded and bleeding velociraptor Blue in dire need of human help. Blue, Owen’s pet dinosaur, is a central figure of the movie that embodies a bold dream of taming a prehistoric beast and making it serve humans. However, Owen’s experiments with Blue and his intent to use her intellect for bridging a communication gap between humans and dinosaurs contribute to Elli Mills’ sinister plans to devise a smart creature called Indoraptor with sophisticated abilities to kill.
What is a key gradient of the movie success?
What makes ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ stand out from the similar dinosaur storylines released after Spielberg’s 1997 sequel is a thought-provoking message reflected from an unorthodox standpoint. The authors were not primarily focused on fueling the audience’s fear by the nightmarish scenes of the beasts’ attacks on humans, yet the movie keeps viewers in suspense by the gripping plot and its highly dramatic action. The Spanish film director J.A. Bayona renowned for his 2007 horror story “The Orphanage” has mastered the skills of choosing the appropriate pace and hair-raising atmosphere for the thriller genre, while the script written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly added philosophical zest to the plot.
Moral dilemmas at the root of the movie plot
In the 70’s it was a common practice to captivate the audience through high action scenes in the atmosphere of destruction and total collapse conjured up by people burning alive, massive explosions, and disasters. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ has preserved some of these box-office blockbuster ingredients to meet the genre expectations, but its main focus is more sublime. The movie offers a wealth of thought-provoking issues apart from being a classical science fiction thriller:
• Can human greed pose a hazard to the world safety?
• Do all endangered species have a right to live?
• Is genetic engineering a curse for human existence?
• Is it possible that living creatures can be used as a powerful weapon?
Maintaining a balance with the audience’s emotions
The plot reaches a dramatic climax in the auction scene at the Lockwood’s estate where dinosaurs rescued from the island are sold to serve vicious human intentions. This scene resonates with ‘King Kong’ when it comes to the human perception of the monstrous creatures. The movie makers juggle our sense of fear and awe with compassion for the prehistoric beasts that have become victims of human avarice. Striking the right balance between these overwhelming emotions, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ has managed to arrest the attention of millions of viewers and have the edge over other Jurassic movies following the acclaimed Spielberg’s sequel.
The key moments of the Indoraptor appearance and its final combat with the main characters display a dominant hue of this ambivalent attitude towards dinosaurs – they are appalling creatures that can destroy humans and should be treated accordingly. However, when the intriguing twist of the plot uncovers the truth about the origin of Lockwood's orphaned granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon), a moral dilemma comes into force – if humans enabled cloning, do all genetically engineered creatures have a right to exist? The closing scenes of the movie stimulate our sense of social responsibility making the audience judge the possible consequences of the human interference with nature.