Jurassic World: Are the Dinosaurs Being Domesticated - or Weaponized?


When audiences saw the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there was a bit of a deflated feeling among longtime fans. There weren't a lot of details given regarding the film's plot, other than that dinosaurs needed to be rescued from the Isla Nublar theme park because volcanic activity was going to render the island and its inhabitants extinct.

The island's impending destruction is why Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing returns, trying to rescue the creatures, and also why she hires Chris Pratt's Owen Grady: to save Blue, a highly-intelligent female velociraptor he helped train and whom he has a strong bond with. Which is all fine, but it seemed a bit lean to hang an entire movie on.

Now, however, the latest trailer reveals that Blue's rescue is part of a bigger, more sinister plan -- and a bigger, hopefully more engaging movie.

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In Jurassic World, Blue and her pack of raptors were created by Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) for InGen and trained by Owen. However, the park's military head, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) insisted on their potential as military weapons because he believed that, as per Owen's training, they'd be excellent in the field. This plan eventually backfired as the raptors ended up turning on Hoskins, but Blue actually proved to be an exception, listening to and working with Owen as her leader.

The new trailer picks up on Owen meeting Blue once more on the abandoned island, but just when we think she's going to let him bring her in, we see a hostile military team tranquilizing the aggravated dinosaur, much to the chagrin of Owen. At this point, the entire complexion of the story changes with a distraught Claire on the Isla Nublar beach admitting, "It was all a lie," as we see Blue and the other dinosaurs being taken away via helicopters and boats.

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Rafe Spall's character, Eli Mills, is then introduced, telling Owen, "The man who proved raptors can follow orders, you never thought how many millions a trained predator might be worth?" At this point, Owen realizes they're selling the raptors and dinosaurs on the open (or more likely black) market, as the trailer cuts to a fancy mansion with Toby Jones' mysterious character auctioning off one of the creatures. This implies that the sales are being made to the affluent in society who are looking for domesticated and exotic pets in the form of trained dinosaurs.

However, it appears the creatures are also being sold for more nefarious purposes. As Daniella Pineda's Zia Rodriguez, a paleo-veterinarian in the Dinosaur Protection Group, indicates while treating Blue, "They need her for something else." Given that Dr. Wu, a staunch advocate for weaponizing the dinosaurs, is returning as well in this sequel, and that we've seen that a raptor like Blue can be made subservient to humans, Fallen Kingdom may well be linking the evolution of the dinosaurs to humanity in a manner that's way too close for comfort - by offering them up as tools for militaries and terrorists to use.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, arrives June 22 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum.

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