Most kids love dinosaurs, or at some point in life have been intrigued by the idea of the large monsters among them. My inner child still does, so twenty-two years after having seen the original Jurassic Park movie, I watched the first three movies again with my girlfriend, as preparation for its most recent incarnation:Jurassic World.(JP4)
The movie starts from the same premise as the original one (building a theme-park with dinosaurs), but unlike the original, this theme-park is already up and running, and welcoming over 20.000 visitors a day. However, as the mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm noted in Lost World:
Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.
and so it is in Jurassic world. Everything is peachy, until the genetically engineered Indominus Rex (or the King that can not be mastered/tamed) escapes and runs rampage on Isla Nublar. The representation of a commercialized dinosaur theme-park is scarily realistic: With a type of kids-farm like section, where little children can hug small dinosaurs and ride baby Triceratops’s, shops selling merchandising, rides through the park and animal (feeding-)shows. Also the modern trend to use abstractions (as euphemisms) to describe negative experiences and events, turns out rather painfully realistic with the automated warning messages to inform the tourists of a “containment anomaly“, when in fact the aviary is breached and the escaped pterodactyls are about to start pecking the above tourists to death.