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How Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Drives Home the Franchise Themes

When the franchise was revived in 2015 with the release of Jurassic World (directed by Colin Trevorrow), it came back with a focus on the original message by using the hybrid Indominus Rex as a means of embodying the destructive consequences of human greed and recklessness. In essence, it's easy to underestimate them. While the old themes of the franchise were brought to the forefront with the arguments between Henry Wu (B.D Wong) and Masrani (Irrfan Khan) as well as the arguments between Owen (Chris Pratt) and Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), the points made never really stick because the film still focused on action and bigger teeth.

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That's where Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has its predecessors beat. Not only does it continue the franchise's exploration into the consequences of mankind's recklessness, it does it with a lot of emotion that allows audiences to connect with everything, even the dinosaurs, on a much deeper level, which really helps to drive its themes home.

Ian Malcolm returns to the franchise to verbalize everything the film is trying to convey. He speaks to a special committee about the dangers of human interference in the natural order; in this case, natural selection in the form of a volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar. Just as he did in the original film, Malcolm once again advocates caution and non-intervention, warning that preventing the second extinction of dinosaurs would have huge consequences and mankind would have to suffer them, which is ultimately the direction in which the film went as the final act saw the release of dozens of different dinosaur species from captivity.

Their release as an event was more than just a way of keeping the franchise exciting and fresh. It was a way of arguing a point about life in all its forms. The film made a point of exploring a different side of Malcolm's argument. Maintaining that delicate equilibrium means allowing things to die. That's tough, especially since humans are, for the most part, an empathetic species.

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The film proves that by allowing audiences to connect with almost every living thing shown on screen, especially the dinosaurs. This is far from the first time the franchise has attempted this, but it is the first time it has actually worked, because this time around, that emotional connection wasn't just expected by the film. It was earned. The first act debated whether or not these synthetic animals should be treated the same and while we heard the arguments from both Malcolm and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) -- who was leading the Dinosaur Protection Group -- audiences were allowed to decide for themselves when the events of the film took them to Isla Nublar as the volcanic eruption consumed the island.

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