With the quests safe (for the most part), Pratt and Hoskins argue about what to do with the I.Rex, with Hoskins saying it’s an “Ingen situation now”. It’s a bit unclear what the hierarchy of Ingen is in the film; is it just the security and genetics now (hence Hoskin’s working with Dr. Wu) in Masarani’s company instead of the actual company that runs the park? In any case, it’s the latest in the series to portray the company as pretty much no good since Hammond was forced out. The Lost World of course had Ludow….
and Grant speculated that Ingen was doing some clandestine cloning in Jurassic Park III to explain the Spinosaurus’s presence on Isla Sorna. The books however (and comics that formed a now non-canon sequel to the film), kept Biosyn (Dodgson’s company that hired Nedry) as the villains, although they also made it very clear that Ingen itself was no angel.
Owen reluctantly lets Hoskins use the Raptors to track and kill the I.Rex, leading to the “movie poster” moment..
On a side note, attempts to tame/train the Raptors aren’t that new in Jurassic Park fiction. It was pretty much the whole point of the 90’s “Raptor” comic series published by Topps in the 90’s.
Unfortunately for our heroes though, I.Rex has got some Raptor DNA which allows him to assert dominance over the Raptors, causing them to turn on Owen and the others, including his buddy Barry, to run for their lives, in another scene somewhat reminiscent of ALIENS, this time with the added bit with body cams similar to the chaos witnessed in the APC in the film. So we get a little bit of Raptors vs. Humans actions, much like in the other films.
Barry manages to survive by hiding in a hollowed tree log, making this the second time in the series that logs have been kind of helpful.
Raptor Charlie however, is our first Raptor casulty, with Owen managing to assert some recognition before her death.
Claire has her own problems with the remaining three Raptors, who start to chase her truck back to the main Park area.
We get a funny moment with Vivian and Lowery, with the control room being evacuated with Lowery taking a heroic choice to stay behind and help Owen, Claire and the boys out, and then moves to kiss Vivian in a chivalric gesture; however, she turns him down, saying she already has a boyfriend and the two have a bit of an awkward moment.
Back at the Ingen lab, we learn that Hoskins has been working with Wu on the I.Rex as a side project, mainly intended for military use, something he also wanted to use the Raptors for. Not only has he been using multiple Dinosaurs-T-rex and the Raptors of course, as well as the old frog DNA (hinting that perhaps maybe I-rex can reproduce?) but also cuttlefish and snakes, explaining it’s weird abilities to camouflage. Another sort of link to ALIENs here it seems, as we had a company who wanted to exploit them for military use too. At least all Ludow wanted in Lost World was to make a new park…..
However, Hoskins soon becomes Raptor chow, allowing our heroes to escape.
Thankfully, Owen is able to reassert control over the Raptors and turn them against the I-rex, in a moment pretty much the antithesis to Jurassic Park’s ending.
Also, we get a Dilophosaurus cameo! The somewhat scientifically inaccurate “Spitter” appears for the first time since the first movie, although only in holographic form to distract the Raptors. (Word is we might get these guys in the fifth film though).
Although it’s a bit of losing battle, with Delta getting flame-broiled by a nearby grill while Echo becomes an I-rex chew toy, leaving only Blue. Thankfully, Zach says they need more teeth and Claire figures out a way to help-free the Queen of the Dinosaurs, the T-rex “Rexy.” Of course Claire is running in high-heels, a frequent criticism of the movie, and of course Rexy’s ability to be distracted by flares is something that goes back to the first film.
Kind of love the little meta-message here as Rexy smashes through the Spinosaurus skeleton, not only avenging her Isla Sorna kin killed in the third film (kind of) but also sort of maybe a joke about how the director wasn’t too pleased with III (Which used the Spinosaur skeleton as it’s logo). Gotta wonder if the skeleton actually is the Sorna Spino, or if there’s some in this new park.
We of course then get the big fight scene, much longer than the Spino vs. Rex battle in the last film. A lot more property destruction, too.
Just when I-rex seems to be getting the upper claw, Blue charges in to save the day. If you listen to the music, you can hear a small reprise of the The Lost World:Jurassic Park theme, a nice touch by Michael Giannocho, who seems to have a gift for incorporating John Williams themes into his work-his soundtrack for “Rogue One” made some pretty cool re-uses of the old Imperial motif from “Star Wars” as well as the “Dun-dun-dun-DUN!” music for the Death Star, themes not heard in the franchise for years, as well as making some new music which certainly felt Star Wars (Jyn’s theme and the Imperial suite). If Williams passes before Episode 9’s score is complete, I think he’d make a great successor.
Blue’s help manages them to push the I.rex towards the Mosasaur pool, where the ancient reptile delivers the final blow, bringing the unnatural Dinosaur to a watery end, dragging it beneath the waves.
The next part is a bit silly, with Rexy and Blue seemingly having developed a mutual respect and letting each other depart in peace (as well as Blue saying goodbye to Owen as well). While Raptors in the JP universe are supposed to be super-smart of course, I’m not sure the Rex would really have this kind of “You’re ok in my book” kind of respect.
Of course there’s also the door open for a sequel-Wu has escaped, with a bunch of embryos, which are probably much better preserved than the possible original sequel ‘hint’ JP had, the aerosol can that ended up hidden in mud (which nothing ever came of, apart from one of the video games). It could mean we could be seeing more I.Rexes, or even other crazy Frankenstein Dinosaurs, in the sequel. Ian Malcolm is also returning for Jurassic World II, it’d be interesting to see him face off against Wu after their tense moment in the Hatchery in the original.
Zach, Cody, and the others are all being evacuated still, so we get a sort of happy ending for the good guys, although of course the Park is once again totally messed up. We then get a great scene of Rexy-once again free-giving a big roar over the soon-to-be abandoned by humans island.
Jurassic World, similar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, pretty much revives the somewhat creatively troubled franchise by more or less going back to the original concept of a Dinosaur park, but with the more original element of the Park actually having been open to the public for quite some time despite the first three movies making it clear that maybe that’s not a great idea. It’s got likeable leads and is the first to really take advantage of the possibilities of Dinosaur cloning to make something else than replicas of the original animals. Pratt is of course a likeable lead, and as I mentioned earlier breaks free from the “scientist” roles of the previous films. Although it certainly uses many visual nods to the original films and some of the sequels, it also feels more fresh; partially by elevating the scale of things-while the first three films were pretty much more isolated groups of survivors (With some exceptions in TLW-The mercenaries and the population of San Diego) here the stakes are a bit higher as there’s a lot more people on the Island (and I’m pretty sure this has the highest body count of the series, with both teams set to take out the I-rex mostly killed, as well as Hoskins, Masarani, Zara and possibly some of the vistors during the Pteranodon attack). Overall, a sucessful revival of the series.