Rampage and the Failure of Man

  ”Jurassic World 3″, which landed on the screen this summer, has performed well at the box office despite mixed reviews, which proves that the “Jurassic” series of movies still occupy a considerable weight in the hearts of audiences.
  If you count the old trilogy with the same world view, this movie IP series has a history of nearly 30 years so far. Generally speaking, dinosaur-themed movies belong to the broad category of “monster movies”, but unlike other monster images in the science fiction world, the long-standing theme of dinosaurs always has an unfading charm. The biggest difference between the “Jurassic” series of films and general monster films is that even though there is a trend of “dinosaurs becoming more and more like monsters” in pursuit of commercial appeal, in each work, there is a great deal of respect for science, nature, human beings, and society. In other aspects, they always adhere to a reflective thought core, that is, in the face of the laws of nature and science, the arrogant “anthropocentrism” will eventually fail.
  ”Jurassic Park” (1993): The inevitable outbreak of technological disaster The original novel of the
  film was written in the 1980s, and the core setting “extracting dinosaur DNA from amber and replicating it” seems naturally unfeasible today, but Another important setting in the story—the comprehensive control of the park by a powerful computer system can be realized at this moment. In fact, this seemingly grand and advanced concept was the main cause of the destruction of the park.
  The fundamental reason for relying on computer control is that the park wants to save labor costs, but this has led to the destruction of the park: in the face of a large number of dinosaurs with unpredictable movements, the computer system that relies on preset programs is unable to confine them; Dissatisfied, he shut down the security system without authorization in order to resell the company’s secrets, which became the fuse of the crisis. On the other hand, in order to pursue profits, technicians wantonly changed the genetic information of dinosaurs, creating “entertainment products” that completely surpassed traditional cognition, and their super IQ and reproductive ability broke through the control of human beings. Velociraptor was even able to learn to open doors. The other side of “life will always find a way” is these huge unknowable and uncontrollable risks. As long as human beings still have utilitarianism in dealing with life, they are always inevitable.
  ”Jurassic Park 2″ (1997): Arrogant and Fragile Human Civilization
  This film has made a lot of revisions to the sequel novel of the original work, and the main plot has become simpler and simpler, but it still retains the critical spirit of “anthropocentrism”.
  In the film, in order to recover the loss, the park hired a group of hunters to go to the island to catch dinosaurs. In addition to hunters, an expedition team of environmentalists also came to the island. However, the attitude of these environmentalists towards nature is also based on the “anthropocentric” standpoint. Facing the injured juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, they ignored the law of natural elimination and intervened in the rescue artificially, triggering the attack of the adult Tyrannosaurus rex, which instead expanded the range of activities of dinosaurs on the island. The hunters are even more blind and arrogant. With advanced equipment, they don’t even know the anesthesia dose needed to anesthetize the dinosaurs, which eventually caused the Tyrannosaurus rex to rush into the bustling city.
  In the climax of the film, the scene where the male Tyrannosaurus rex wreaks havoc on the city is actually quite metaphorical. Like enterprises and environmentalists, metropolises are also the product of modern human civilization, which contains the essence of being human-centered and isolated from nature. Facing the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the city people’s countermeasure was to send out stray dog ​​hunting teams. The funny scene exposed the fragility of human civilization in the face of nature.
  ”Jurassic Park 3″ (2001): The blind side of scientists
  Due to cost constraints, the third part of the series has a smaller layout and is a pure rescue story, but the identity of its main characters is worth noting.
  Paleontologist Dr. Grant reappeared and took his assistants to the dinosaur manufacturing base to search for survivors, but along the way everyone was hunted down by the Velociraptor, which possessed collective intelligence and could communicate with each other. In the end, Grant discovered that all this was caused by his assistant stealing dinosaur eggs for academic purposes. At a critical moment, Grant wanted to use the latest scientific research results to save everyone, but ironically found that his own research results were wrong and ineffective…
  It is generally believed that modern scientific civilization is always based on rationality. As everyone knows, under the banner of “scientific research”, some scientific workers may also be deceived by greed, and of course disasters follow.
  In this film, the newly set star dinosaur-Spinosaurus appeared. According to recent research, the real Spinosaurus is more like a fish predator with similar habits to crocodiles. From this film, the trend of “monsterization” of dinosaurs in the “Jurassic” series of films has gradually become apparent.
  ”Jurassic World” (2015): The most uncontrollable thing is capital and violence. The
  new park facility “Jurassic World”, as its name suggests, is indeed a product of global capital, and it also has the same fatal risk: extreme disregard Blind expansion of risk. It is not a big deal to put a large number of dangerous and vicious creatures in a crowded and narrow park. The park has even piled up many body functions that are completely unnatural in the tyrannical Tyrannosaurus rex. The huge destructive power combined by these functions made the tyrannical Tyrannosaurus Rex completely an uncontrollable monster, and disasters were of course inevitable.
  After the safety issue broke out, the park recruited a group of mercenaries with heavy firepower in an attempt to counter violence with violence. Like rampaging dinosaurs, human violence is uncontrollable once it’s on the scene. The mercenaries took the opportunity to control the entire park, not only failed to resist the dinosaurs, but also took away key information, laying the groundwork for more disasters in the sequel. Violence comes from human arrogance and it can only lead to more violence. The only warm and bright color in the film-the “friendship” between the hero and Velociraptor, in the state of the collapse of the harmonious environment, it cannot be maintained in the end. Complete trust between man and nature is ultimately difficult.
  ”Jurassic World 2″ (2018): Social Weakness and Global Disaster The island where the
  dinosaurs lived was facing a volcanic eruption. In this regard, the managers chose not to save it. Although it has its own reasons, it also shows that In the face of drastic changes in nature, human society often appears weak. The animal protectionists who stand on the “anthropocentric” stand appear again. Although they have good intentions, they still inevitably find themselves being used by those who seek their own self-interest.
  Different from the previous stories, in this film, the ecological risks of dinosaurs spread to the whole world with the help of global capital channels with huge tentacles, extending the perspective of the series of films to a wider range. At the dinosaur auction, the carnival of capital can be described as full of ugly scenes. When witnessing the tyrannical Velociraptor hunting down the auctioneer, the audience may feel a little bit of relief in addition to worrying.
  The film’s plot structure tends to start grandly and end narrowly, but it still involves reflections on scientific ethics. For example, the setting of a little human-cloning girl is a direct reference to technology that violates ethics. With her assistance, the dinosaurs finally fled, which is the inevitable result of uncontrollable technological risks.
  With the end of “Jurassic World 3”, the story of the “Jurassic” series of movies will also come to a temporary end. Audiences who are familiar with Hollywood blockbuster routines can expect that no matter how serious the crisis is, the protagonist of the movie can always survive. However, the movie is fictional after all. Are the real technical risks and out-of-control hidden dangers in reality just a two-hour wait-and-see for us? Heroes can always get away in movies, but can people in reality do the same? The answer probably lies in the sense of crisis and vigilance in each of us.

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