Here’s Why ‘Jurassic World’ Needs To Kill Someone Other Than An Adult Male Character

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06.09.15 29 Comments

To date, only two particular demographics have unsuccessfully faced death in the Jurassic Park novels and films: adult males and dinosaurs. In both of Michael Crichton’s books, as well as Steven Spielberg’s classic movie and his and Joe Johnston’s lamentable sequels, these two groups often bite the dust — usually via being bitten.

This makes complete sense, given that male characters have generally outnumbered women and children in the books and movies produced thus far. However, Jurassic World isn’t just another example of the “let’s send a small group of people to an isolated island” scenario. It involves a large, fully operational destination where hundreds of workers and thousands of visitors will be when everything falls apart. Or, to quote Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), “You got 20,000 people. You got no more boats. You don’t have enough guns.”So will Jurassic World simply repeat its predecessors, or will it raise the stakes for characters like Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson)? In order for the film’s main premise to work — that “The Park is Open” — at least one woman or child, or both, must die. If the film follows the setup promised by its ginormous marketing campaign, this will happen. Then again, that’s a big “if.”

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