PETA, are you listening? ‘Jurassic World 2’ is a parable about animal abuse

10.12.16 2 years ago

PETA is a notoriously difficult organization to please — and they should be, given that their entire reason for existing is to protect animals from rampant human abuse and indifference — but methinks Jurassic World 2, of all movies, may actually earn the non-profit's stamp of approval. Or not! I can't pretend to know how they'll react to this.

Regardless, in a new interview with Spanish-language outlet El Mundo (translated by Time), Colin Trevorrow — who directed the first Jurassic World and is co-writing and producing J.A. Bayona's sequel — claims that the follow-up's dinosaurs will be at the center of a “parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.”

As Slashfilm points out, this theme easily ties in with a plot tease that Trevorrow offered over a year ago, when he told the outlet that the sequel would explore the weaponization (and, inevitably, abuse of) our dino pals:

“…when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn”t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source?

           “It”s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15                 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?””

This is an interesting way to tackle the story, and while I'm sure that Trevorrow's heart is in the right place, I highly doubt that anyone who sees Jurassic World 2 will come away from the film deciding to be a vegan. Still, maybe we will end up shedding a tear or two for a vulnerable triceratops (though I assume those straight-up evil raptors are exempt from our sympathy).

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