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Sean Erickson

The Jurassic Park movies have a long history of keeping the dinosaurs away from the villain role in the movies. If there is anything of a tradition in these movies, it is that there is usually a human to be blamed - either one who oversteps their bounds by trying to play god, or someone who gets too greedy or foolish and puts everyone in danger. Is [Jurassic World](movie:32752)'s addition of the genetically modified Indominus Rex throwing a wrench into this tradition?

The Dinosaur Can't Help It

If you remember the very first Jurassic Park movie, much of the villainous could be placed upon the shoulder of Newman himself, Wayne Knight, in the role of Dennis Nedry. Using the movie's theme of the chaos theory, a storm hits Isla Nublar just when Nedry turns off the security system in order to steal some dinosaur DNA. When the power goes out, all manner of dinosaur heck breaks loose.

Denis Nedry, Jurassic villain numero uno.
Denis Nedry, Jurassic villain numero uno.

Some of the blame can surely be placed upon John Hammond himself - the creator of Jurassic Park and by extension, Jurassic World. But who can get mad at John Hammond, who had a rather questionable, but still innocent, dream of allowing humans to witness the glory that is a park full of living dinosaurs.

The problem may lie in Hammond allowing the folks at Masrani to move forward with his vision in his absence. We might find out that it was more of a corporate takeover that lead to InGen continuing their work and creating Jurassic World, but there was a passage in the source material of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park book that shows that there was always a difference of opinion between Hammond and InGen about the direction the park should take.

Masrani the Evil Corporation?

In Michael Crichton's book, John Hammond had a disagreement with the Masrani geneticist Dr. Wu. It was the doctor's theory that through DNA manipulation you could domesticate dinosaurs. Hammond only wanted to people to be able to see "real" dinosaurs and how they behave and interact - but as the saying goes, sometimes there's something that is even better than the real thing.

Chris Pratt teaches raptors a thing or two.
Chris Pratt teaches raptors a thing or two.

As we can see from what has been released about Jurassic World, Masrani and InGen has taken this idea of domesticated dinosaurs and run with it. Chris Pratt's character is working on being able to train and interact with his Raptor Squad and the idea of manipulating dinosaur DNA has seemed to reach its peak with Indominus Rex.

InGen Security

That does point the finger of villainy pretty squarely at the hubris of Masrani and InGen. Playing god is always the kind of sinful behavior that gets punished in movies like Jurassic World. But if Jurassic World has a Dennis Nedry - someone who really messes things up for everyone and triggers the events that lead to the chaos of rampaging dinosaurs, I'm looking at Vic Hoskins.

This guy has villain written all over him - and no I'm not talking about the Variety article that wrote Vincent D'Onofrio would indeed be playing the role of a villain in Jurassic Park. Just as technology and humans struggling to understand their capabilities and limitations are themes that lie at the heart of Jurassic Park, I think Vic Hoskins' elaborate high tech security system may not prove to be as trustworthy as that video makes it out to be.

Either way, I wouldn't blame Indominus Rex. The poor guy can't control the way he was born!


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