The Algorithm got me.
I was hit with the trailer for Jurrasic World: Dominion as the ad in another video I was watching.
This is the sort of utter horse-shit premise that can only come from soft-handed Hollywood writers who have never left the urban landscape of NYC and LA.
Our paleolithic ancestors wiped out most of the megafauna on this planet with sharpened sticks and stone tools. Despite the presence of other horribly voracious carnivores, bears, wolves, tigers, lions, jackals, hyenas, etc., we have succeeded on every acre of landmass that we set foot on. Again, armed with little more than stone tools and sharpened sticks.
The idea that a bunch of dinosaurs poses an existential threat to humanity is fucking stupid.
The reason the first Jurassic Park was so scary is that a handful of humans was trapped in the dinosaurs’ world. The entire cast on the island was ten humans surrounded by hundreds of dinosaurs and only one SPAS12 between them.
Now flip the story. A few hundred carnivorous dinosaurs let loose on a planet of 7 billion humans who have hunted our predators to near extinction and then put the rest into zoos or preserves so we can look at them from a position of safety. It’s the dinosaurs who should be afraid.
If a T-Rex or a pack of velociraptors was really a threat to the local population, hunters would be paying fees to wipe them out like feral hogs in Texas.
Arguably, that would be encouraged – at least in Red states – as the biggest threat the dinosaurs would pose would not be to humans but to the local fauna, e.g., carnivorous dinosaurs wiping out the wild elk or bison population. Smart states would be encouraging the hunting of dinosaurs as an invasive species, to protect the native species, the way Florida encourages python hunts.
As for one helicopter chasing a T-rex in rural America? As soon as the first T-rex or velociraptor posed a threat to humans in Ruraltown, USA, every red-blooded gun owner would put in for a 577 T-rex, 600 Overkill, 50 BMG, 950 JDJ, or a 20MM to go T-rex killing.
The very premise of this movie is only plausible to the most cloistered of urban jungle city dwellers who do not understand hunters, Red states, or nature.
If I were going to do a Jurassic Park movie that falls on the heels of the terrible Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom, where dinosaurs are released into the wild of North America, here is what I would do.
Cattle ranchers in Colorado, Utah, or somewhere like that. Their herd is getting massacred but it’s not wolves or the usual livestock predators. It’s dinosaurs. Now you have a small cast, maybe a dozen ranchers and cowboys. They are in a remote location so help is not feasible. They have an incentive, self-preservation and protection of the herd. They can be outnumbered by dinosaurs. They are armed, but perhaps not sufficiently for the largest of the carnivore species, e.g., a 30-30 may be enough for a velociraptor but not a T-rex.
This is not “lots of stupid and incompetent people get eaten.” This is “a handful of people who are familiar with the land and how to survive are suddenly met with a species of predator that is far smarter and more destructive than what they are used to.”
This gives much more of the feeling of the first Jurrasic Park movie, with a bit of Jaws in the beginning, and perhaps some elements of The Grey and The Edge (both excellent man vs. predator in the wilderness survival movies) and is much more character-oriented.
Then again, I’m not a screenwriter who has never seen nature outside of the Central Park or the San Diego Safari Park.