The tour doesn’t exactly start out as hoped. The first Dinosaurs on the tour, the Dilophosaurs, fail to show up (Although the audience of course, will see them a bit later), and as Arnold notes, the vehichles are a bit glitchy, with their headlights on during the day, in part due to Nedry being kind of lazy. Muldoon’s tired of the squabbling, and is worried about the Tyrannosaur paddock. He needn’t be yet, since the Tyrannosaur is a no show, despite a tempting goat meal.
Although I’ve previously pointed out the differences between the novel and the movie in an earlier post, I’d like to reiterate that the tour’s a bit more successful in the novel. However movies have a finite budget compared to books, where the sky’s the limit due to human imagination. The absence of the Dinosaurs at this point of the film not only saves money, but it also is an important plot point, that the Park isn’t exactly working according to plan. As Malcolm notes, “The Tyrannosaur doesn’t obey set patterns or park schedules, the essence of chaos.”
Ellie doesn’t quite know the theory, but Malcolm uses this oppurtunity to not only explain it, but to flirt with her (This “love triangle” like her relationship with Grant, isn’t really dwelved into that much). Grant of course is too distracted by something he spots elsewhere though-which turns out to be a sick Triceratops.
It’s a nice scene. The Triceratops is realized entirely with animatronics, and they do a good job here, able to work with the confines of the technology (Animatronics, at this point tend to fairly stationary, due to wires/controls etc) due to the sick nature of the animal, but even then, she seems quite alive, with articulated mouth, eyes, and in one of the nicest touchs in the film-and one that communicates more of Grant’s awe-breathing.
Yeah, there’s a bit of a poop joke afterwards with Ellie inspecting them for clues as to what’s wrong with the animal, something that’s not really resolved (Both the novel-and possibly a deleted scene-explain that it’s sort of a gizzard stone issue, but it’s left out here). Ellie decides to work a bit further with the Triceratops, while Grant and co. continue the tour.
Back at the visitor’s center, it’s decided to cut the tour short due to an approaching tropical storm, much to Hammond’s frustration (Ironically, Ray tries to cheer him up by saying it “Could have been a lot worse”). Nedry decides it’s time to put his plan into action at roughly the same time unfortunately-which unfortunately involves shutting down a large amount of the park’s security systems so he can steal the Embryos, and get past the fences in order to get to the boat (It’s worth noting that since the Park’s mostly automated, it essentially operates at night with a skeleton crew in the Visitor’s center-another thing a bit different from the novel).
One of the film’s main typo errors is here-the Stegosaurus being named “Stegasaurus”. (The actual Dinosaurs would appear in the sequels). We also see some other names of Dinosaurs not in the film
As Nedry flees the Visitor Center compound, chaos shortly occurs in the visitor’s center, as the crew begin to notice that not only are door locks failing, but the entire park’s fences system is also coming down-minus, much to Muldoon’s relief, the Raptor pen.
Malcolm tries to make some small talk with Grant about kids, and he reveals he has three (One of whom, Kelly, would appear in “Lost World” of course) and a couple of ex-wives to. He asks if Ellie’s available, but Grant of course says she isn’t, but at that moment the cars stop too-leaving them stranded directly in front of a depowered Tyrannosaur paddock.
Here we get the night-vision goggles, which actually featured a bit more in the film’s marketing (Although not really as any viable toy-it was mainly used visually-that would probably cost a lot of $ for any kid! As Gennaro said they’re expensive).
Tim of course notices things aren’t quite right, and we have another key visual from the film-the impact tremor vibration in cups of water, another effective visual tool from Spielberg. Like the fin from Jaws (or it’s theme), Et and Elliot crossing in front of the moon on a levitating motorcycle, or Indiana Jones’s escape from the idol temple, it’s one of those iconic Spielberg moments.
Lex and Tim both notice the goat is gone as well, and this leads to a bit of a jump scare (and a touch of gore) as the goat’s leg lands on the top of the explorer-and the Rex is still hungry.
Although the first shot of “Rexy” uses an animatronic head, it really blends seamlessly to the full CG shot (Which still looks pretty good) that shortly follows as she tears through the fence, and bellows.