I watched Jurassic World again, now that it is on HBO. You always get something more out of a movie or book the second time around.
There is a scene towards the end of the movie where Owen and the
mercenaries security forces take the raptors against the Indominus Rex. The Indominus says something in Dinosaur to the raptors and the raptors turn on the humans.
A bunch of people get eaten, Owen is facing off against one of the raptors, and then some human shoots the raptor with a rocket launcher and kills it. Owen gets suddenly sad, and you are supposed to feel bad for the raptor getting vaporized.
It suddenly hit me WTF!!!
OK, Vincent D’onofrio’s character Fatty McStupidnbelligerent may be an asshole, but the rest of these guys are ex-military who have been hired by a theme park to provide security for the guests. These guys are probably regular working Joes who thought they got a good job in the private sector after getting out of the Army and have wives and kids and such. Why should I feel bad for the cloned raptor instead of all the human are going to end up as dino shit in a Coasta Rican jungle?
Why the moral dubiousness?
Not, 30 seconds later, one of the other raptors tires to eat Owen’s girlfriend’s nephews. Am I at this point still supposed to be sympathetic to Owen’s pet “six foot turkey?” How can I root for Owen to score one with Ms. Orange-Hair PrissyPants if his raptor buddies end her status as an aunt?
Sure, blue comes to Owen’s rescue at the end when fighting the Indominus, but just how many of Owen’s human coworkers did just take out 15 minutes previous?
I’m all confused. Jurassic Park was much less gray area on this subject: humans good (except Nedry), dinos bad. Why is that so hard?
Fine, maybe the dinosaurs (except for the Indominus) aren’t malicious. So what, that doesn’t mean that they are less likely to eat you. Didn’t Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend learn that the hard way when he went to commune with the bears in Alaska? Does a bear shit environmentalists in the woods? Even Roy of Siegfried and Roy got nommed on by his tiger, and they trained together for years.
Don’t try an complicate the morality of the movie for me. I like animals, but if I have to choose between the last lion on earth and some tourist on photo safari; pass the H&H. I would love to see dinosaurs in real life.