After the failed attempt of opening Jurassic Park, Jurassic World aimed to improve safety and open fully to the public. While this lasted for a short while, things became out of control once the idea of genetic modifications was introduced, with the newly-created and overly-aggressive Indominus Rex running rampant throughout the park. While the idea of the Indominus Rex is to top the T-Rex's fear factor, it would've been better if Jurassic World put more attention on real-life dinosaurs.
The Jurassic Park trilogy has always emphasized the dangers of "playing God," with Dr. Ian Malcolm questioning the ethics of bringing an extinct species back to the modern day. The famous quote, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should," is an ongoing theme throughout all the Jurassic movies. So, the Jurassic World idea of genetic modification pushes the idea even further.
However, there's a huge list of real-world dinosaurs that could serve the same scary purpose and teach people about dinosaur history. With being such a huge franchise, the Jurassic movies have always brought more people into the world of dinosaurs and natural history. And with lesser-known dinosaurs such as the Spinosaurus, Mosasaurus and Galliminus having the spotlight, their popularity grew among the general public.
The Indominus Rex, as well as the genetically modified Indoraptor from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, are created to make the scariest antagonist possible for the movies. Yet, it feels like they are disregarding the scariness of some dinosaurs which once roamed the Earth; species such as the Baryonyx and Majungasaurus could have easily have filled the same role while educating people of their existence. And while the point of Jurassic World is that tourists no longer find regular dinosaurs scary enough, it feels like movies moved on from the wide variety of real dinosaurs before giving them a chance.
A perfect example of how the Jurassic World movies could have better blended the line between science and science fiction is the Jurassic World Evolution video games. These games allow players to create and manage their own dinosaur parks from the ground up and include hundreds of real dinosaurs to watch and learn about. They do a great job of making dinosaurs interesting and encourage people to become educated on their history without the need for any fancy modified creations (although the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor exist in the game and Jurassic World Evolution 2 allows players to genetically modify real dinosaurs with certain traits/patterns too). Still, the movies could have easily continued the original Jurassic Park trilogy's trend of making real dinosaurs interesting without focusing on ones that never existed and can't be researched.
Hopefully, the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion returns to the franchise's roots, with the released prologue preview giving existing dinosaurs the center stage, as well as showing the return of the T-rex.
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