Alas, Poor Scrappy: Dinosaur Protection Group information reveals the new dinosaurs seen in the third film, namely the Spinosaurus were illegal creations who were brutally experimented on for nine months by a black operations group from Masrani Global before escaping/being released, only to die in a Bus Crash between the third and fourth film, eliciting some sympathy from former detractors.
Is Mills just a very ambitious entrepreneur who sees his business plan as being the norm given the circumstances or is he a sadistic psychopath who is essentially a glorified terrorist arms dealer selling each dinosaur as a WMD? While he's not above killing people who may be a liability to his schemes, the guy nonetheless claims that Lockwood entrusted him to take his fortune to "the future" and seems to genuinely thank Claire and Owen by calling them "The parents of the New World". Theres also the sense of whether or not one sees what Mills does as being no better than what Owen and Claire each did or if hes a hypocrite who is actually doing way worse because they each intended no damage while he didnt care about the consequences for others.
Many of the lackeys working for the villains, of course, excluding the ones accompanying Mills, Wu, and Wheatley. It's entirely plausible that they were not told the entire reason for the mission and may have been misinformed about Owen and Claire's motives for being on the island. Chances are likely that they knew nothing about the auction and genuinely thought the main goal was to rescue the dinosaurs from extinction. That explains why some of them left the back door of the boat open so that Owen, Claire, and Franklin could get in. At most, they were Punch-Clock Villains, not hardened killers.
The Indoraptor. Depending of how you see him, he's either a murderous hybrid without any soul, or the least evil and most tragic villain in the franchise. Is he really a crazy psychopath in dinosaur clothing, or just a horribly misguided creature who went crazy from all the tortures he went through? Was he meant to represent the ultimate killing machine, or a realistic portrayal of how attack dogs becomes hazardous due to maltreatment?
Anti-Climax Boss: The Indoraptor is built up as a murderous super hybrid that outclasses the Velociraptors and even the Indominus rex in terms of ferocity and cunning. However, even though he is a significant threat to the humans, Blue manages to fight him solo without much trouble, even managing to throw him out of a window despite being much smaller than her opponent. The fact that he is almost tricked into jumping to his own demise and then again knocked down by Blue is also much less impressive than the climactic final duel against the Indominus in the previous movie.
The sequel features extensive practical effects and animatronics work and teasers and trailers have highlighted behind-the-scenes footage to make a point of this. This is very likely a response to the debate caused by the extensive use of CGI in the first Jurassic World.
Chris Pratt: In this movie we are dealing with real animatronic dinosaurs.
Bryce Dallas Howard wasted no time assuring the fans she'd be wearing sensible shoes in this one. The camera even focuses on her feet for a moment to show that she's wearing a good pair of boots.
Claire also has a more Action Girl appropriate hairstyle, as her hairdo from the first Jurassic World was frequently mocked by fans and compared to Dora the Explorer.
The previous film was criticized for barely featuring Rexy's iconic roar, especially regarding the ending shot of the film. The marketing for the film made it very clear from the get-go that the classic roar would be used far more liberally in this film... Except this wasn't exactly the case in the end.
Many fans found it implausible that the Mosasaurus somehow managed to survive the three year Time Skip without being regularly fed by humans. Trevorrow later confirmed that the films opening, depicting its escape from the lagoon, takes place very shortly after the end of Jurassic World, not the entire three years.
The Indominus rex was criticized for looking like a "generic theropod", with no unique features aside from being nastier and spikier-looking and being an albino. While many were concerned that the Indoraptor was just going to be a rehash of the same thing, he's shown to be a very different beast in the film, and his semi-quadrupedal posture, creepily-long neck, and somewhat snake-like head give him a very distinctive silhouette, with a dashing black-and-gold color scheme to boot.
One of the complaints from the novels was that the idea of dinosaurs escaping onto the mainland always became an Aborted Arc when the story shifted to Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna. Here, with the massive stampede at the end, along with Isla Nublar being destroyed and Isla Sorna confirmed as being depopulated, dinosaurs on the mainland is now the only way the story can go.
Broken Base: Once again, Rexy's roar has become a point of strife between the fandom. Multiple trailers for this movie showed her uttering her original 1993 roar completely unaltered, and indeed, in the final film itself she does utter it, but it has been rather noticeably modified to sound much more deeper, guttural and bellow-like likely as a way to convey Rexy's elderly age. One handful of fans supports this change, claiming it makes sense, as vocal cords in living beings obviously get weaker upon reaching old age, yet another handful decry it for making the big girl sound tired and anticlimatic instead.
Catharsis Factor: Given what slimy and unlikable bastards Mills and Wheatley were, it's hard not to feel extremely satisfied as they get killed in gruesome ways by the very dinosaurs they tried to exploit.
Contested Sequel: Although critics consider the film to be a downgrade from the first Jurassic World, fans are more split. For some, it's an unworthy sequel with a disjointed plot, lack of self-awareness, immersion-breaking scientific inaccuracies, and subplots about cloning that go nowhere. For others, it's an adequate or even improved follow-up with better effects, more emotional depth, a Gothic Horror feel that differentiates it from the other sequels, and a willingness to break status quo by destroying the island and implying that dinosaurs will reclaim the earth.
Creepy Awesome: The Indoraptor's sleek and threatening design, wicked villainy and sadistic streak manage to make it one of the most memorable dinosaurs in the series.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Stiggy, the Stygimoloch, for being one of the few genuinely helpful dinosaurs in the series. Despite its limited screen time, it's fondly remembered for helping Claire and Owen escape their cell and steals the scene during the auction fight.
Epileptic Trees: With Maisie being a clone, a lot of fans are taking various clues in the film as evidence that she is actually part raptor!
Evil Is Cool: The Indoraptor is psychopathic and vicious, but also looks extremely cool and shows off some wicked intelligence.
According to Word of God, the Brachiosaurus that walked to the end of the dock calling for help until it was consumed by ash and smoke wasn't just any other long-neck: it was the same Brachiosaurus that Alan Grant and company encountered in the first film. The very first dinosaur we saw on Isla Nublar was also the very last. Even more tragic when you remember that Rexy is the same T. rex from the first Jurassic Park, and came back to wow audiences once more 20 years later. This Brachiosaurus is just as iconic and as old as she is, except that when she returned to the big screen, she only did so to graphically die and break everyone's hearts.
The films first half revolves around the volcanic eruption of Mount Sibo, and was released to theaters barely a month after the destructive eruption of Mount Kilauea in May 2018 (many of the series scenes have been filmed in Hawaii to boot). Even more, a mere week before the film's release in some parts of the world there was a lethal eruption of Mt. Fuego in Guatemala.
Heartwarming in Hindsight: Lockwood's statement that Maisie's mother, the original Maisie, would save all the dinosaurs. After The Reveal, Maisie isn't just releasing and saving dinosaurs, she is releasing and saving her brothers and sisters.
Jerkass Woobie: The Indoraptor. Not only is he suffering from a very severe genetic disorder that causes flaking of his scales and a respiratory illness, but he was abused throughout his entire life, as shown when he is tased (for no clear reason) by the guards both in the film and in concept art (Word of God further confirmed the mistreatment inflicted upon him). He never had anything to interact with (unlike the I. rex, who at least had a sibling before her increasing aggression led to her killing it) and was raised for the specific purpose of being a killing machine. All of this implicates that the Indoraptor was doomed from the moment he was born, as he lacked basic survival skills and was just a disposable specimen whose only purpose was to further Wu's research.
Claire's melodramatic "It was all a LIE!" line is delivered without a hint of irony and comes across as unintentionally campy. That and the fact that almost everyone in the audience had already realised that Wheatley is an obvious villain.
""It needs a mother!" Even though the reveal is important in explaining the Indoraptor, the way it's written, and the delivery itself from BD Wong makes it sound like the two are fighting over custody rights of an orphaned child.
The dramatic shot of Lockwood's amber cane shattering after the discretion shot for Mills's use of Vorpal Pillow is seen by some viewers as being a bit too over the top to take seriously.
The Indoraptor smirking at the camera is supposed to be an unsettling display of its intelligent and treacherous nature, but many viewers found the concept of a smiling dinosaur to be much funnier than intended.
The overblown choir in the soundtrack has made many an audience chuckle during otherwise serious and dramatic moments. In particular, the scene where the Indoraptor slowly climbs up the roof of Lockwood Manor is accompanied by loud and ostentatious chanting that makes it much funnier than intended.
Never Live It Down: Maisie freeing the dinosaurs to save their lives has caused some critics to paint her as a completely sociopathic individual or the true villain of the movie. While there's no denying she made a questionable choice that put countless lives in danger and displaced many invasive species onto an unprepared ecosystem, she didn't do it with any malicious intent, but out of a genuine, albeit impulsive, desire to save those she sympathized with from an unpleasant demise. But no, the greedy, self-serving millionaires who bid on exotic animals on the black market for their own selfish and morally bankrupt ends are CLEARLY less evil and vile in comparison.
The Stygimoloch who breaks Owen and Claire out of their cell, and then goes along with Owen in causing mayhem on the dinosaur bidding event before more dinosaurs could be sold to dangerous people. Owen basically became Bash Brothers with the Stiggy during this whole scene.
The tragic death of the original Brachiosaurus Alan Grant and company met, as well as the ensuing final shot of Isla Nublar being consumed by the volcanic eruption.note J.A. Bayona revealing that it was this specific Brachiosaurus attracted quite a bit of coverage.
Rexy toppling the Carnotaurus and roaring in triumph while Mount Sibo continues to erupt in the background.
The Indoraptor escaping from his cell. Specifically, when the Indoraptor is playing possum for Wheatley and cracks his now infamous smirk.
The Indoraptor slowly raises his hand at Maisie while she is hiding underneath the sheets of her bed. This scene has appeared in many trailers as well as a movie poster.
Quite possibly out of ironic coincidence, the latter half of the movie aligns with numerous plot points (i.e.dinosaurs running amok in the manor of an eccentric noblemen, a Dromaeosaurid chasing protagonists through a museum after blindsiding a soldier, the type of dinosaurs used, the dinosaurs getting released into civilization, a Tyrannosaurid roaring at a lion, etc.) from John Brosnan's novel Carnosaur even more than the novel's own movie adaptation did.
Also, the latter half of the film might make a better Resident Evil film than the actual film adaptations themselves did. What with the action taking place in a large mansion in the middle of a dark forest owned by a visionary old man, a hidden laboratory dedicated to modifying genes to create a living biological weapon, a dangerous prototype of said weapon escaping and preying on the heroes trapped in the mansion who struggle to survive with limited resources and their own wits. And the ending that features the mutated creatures set loose on the outside world.
And thus, through all of this (minus time-travel MacGuffin shenanigans) in an admittedly very roundabout way, it is probably the closest we are going to get to an actual Dino Crisis movie.
Take That, Scrappy!: According to the Dinosaurs Protection Group tie in website, the Spinosaurus is now extinct. Although this fell under Alas, Poor Scrappy after the DPG released a new article.
The Scrappy: Franklin gets a lot of hate for being a walking nerd stereotype who does nothing but complain and whine during 90% of his screen time, as well as for being comic relief in a movie that honestly didn't need any. The fact that he does nothing of importance other than take out Wu, which could be just as easily accomplished if Zia had released Blue a few seconds earlier, doesn't do him any favors. Granted, Zia was handcuffed by Wu to Blue's cage at the moment, meaning any wrong movement could have resulted in her undoing.
Visual Effects of Awesome: If there is one positive thing everyone can agree on about this movie, it's that the special effects are amazing. The dinosaurs in particular have never looked better.
Benjamin Lockwood is an old friend of John Hammond, who helped him in the early foundation of dinosaur cloning, before the two ended their friendship after heavy disagreements over certain parts of the process. Despite Remember the New Guy? being in full effect, his character could of been used to help explore the early foundations of Jurassic Park, giving us insight into John Hammond in ways we had never seen, such as how he was when he was younger, what motivated him to become the man he was, among other things. In the end, Lockwood is anticlimactically killed, and his past with Hammond is used as more or less Flavor Text to make the audience think back to the first film for what amounts to cheap "fanservice". Little of his past is explored, and his inclusion seems nearly pointless.
The Indoraptor himself. There could have been more written about his strange fascination with Maisie, his psychopathic sense of humor that seems disturbingly human-like, or the fact that he is a male raptor who could be a source of conflict for Blue's loyalty once again. However, he ends up being a minor antagonist who only appears at the third act, and is killed off relatively quickly.
Ian Malcolm is treated as a major part of the marketing, and the cast made a big deal about his return. In the actual movie itself, he appears twice in the movie to literally deliver the point of the film in a Senate hearing that feels awkwardly forced into the story. While his cameo is nice, it feels like an empty use of the character, especially with how the films pacing is. Jeff Goldblum was quite vocal about his dissatisfaction with the role.
Henry Wu shows up in the movie for roughly three scenes before once again being quickly hurried out of the plot just after the Indoraptor's escape. Like with Ian Malcolm, his involvement in the film feels more like a cameo instead of a development from the previous film. Plus, it begs the question of why he is still around if the films don't plan to use him, except as some sort of Big Bad, but even still the audience hasn't gotten any reason to care about his appearance so far.
Despite being fairly well-liked characters from the previous movie, Lowery and Vivian don't appear and aren't even mentioned in this one, even though they could easily have filled the role of Franklin and Zia.
The idea of rescuing dinosaurs from the park would have been an interesting feature-length movie in and of itself, along with a more suspenseful/political second half focused on shady oligarchs trying to use dinosaurs for their own ends and things inevitably falling apart once the dinos get loose. Instead, the two plots are lumped together into a single story and neither live up to their full potential.
The implications about movie's plot twist (Maisie being a human clone created from the technology that revived the dinosaurs) are never explored in the movie and are all but ignored by the characters themselves, in spit of the movie spending a significant amount of time setting the plot twist up in the first place.
Took the Bad Film Seriously: Many who didn't like the film's script still thought that J.A. Bayona did a fantastic job in the director's seat and did the best with what he had to work with.
Owen finds Blue, who despite being in the wild for a long time, still seems to have some memory of him. You'd expect: That Wheatley would just stay put and wait for Owen to calm Blue down before bringing her in peacefully, which is what they hired Owen to do in the first place. Instead: Wheatley and his men jump out and startle Blue by shooting her with tranquilizers, enraging her. End Result: Blue is sent into a frenzy and attacks a mercenary, who shoots her in a desperate attempt to save his own life.
Wheatley and his crew plan to betray the heroes as soon as they have Blue within their grasp. You'd expect: That Wheatley would stay as professional as possible, helping the group get their job done, and then betray them only after Blue had been securely transported to his ship. Instead: Wheatley and his team turn on the heroes the moment Blue is shot, for no reason beyond Owen trying to punch him as retaliation for injuring Blue. Even Worse: Wheatley could easily have pointed out that Blue was attacking one of his men and that the shot was accidental. Instead, he immediately drops his façade and decides to leave the heroes behind to die in the impending volcanic eruption. End Result: The heroes manage to make their way back to Wheatley's boat and sneak into it, and they are now fully aware that the expedition had ulterior motives and are determined to frustrate the operation.
Blue is bleeding out after being shot and desperately needs a transfusion to survive. As bringing her alive for Wu is the crux of the entire operation, it's in the best interests of the mercenaries to get her back on top form, otherwise they would be risking losing out on their bonus. You'd expect: That they would fully support Zia as she attempts to nurse the animal back to health. Instead: They abandon Zia on the same box as Blue, offer no assistance whatsoever and forgo placing her under surveillance. End Result: Blue keeps agonizing from her wounds and would undoubtedly have died had Owen and Claire not shown up to help Zia.
Maisie learns that Eli Mills has been lying about his motives, and is using her grandfather's efforts to save the dinosaurs as a way to steal them, with the goal of auctioning them off on the black market to make money. She proceeds to tell Lockwood every detail about what she learned. You'd expect: Lockwood to realize that Maisie couldn't have made the warning up, as it was so specific in detail that a child would have had trouble coming up with something so damning, and take steps to have Mills arrested, or at the very least, make an attempt to warn everyone he feels is trustworthy to get out of the building so if something does happen, they are safe. Instead: Lockwood blows her off by claiming she was just tired, even though Maisie is being as thoroughly detailed as humanly possible. Even Worse: The next day Lockwood suddenly approaches Mills about his plans, now believing that he is in the wrong despite blowing off Maisie's claims the day before. He does so by himself, and tells Mills to turn himself in instead of calling the police already so that if Mills does try something, the police can at least drop in. End Result:Mills smothers Lockwood with a pillow.
Mills has Owen and Claire locked up and at his mercy under the mansion in the dinosaur pens. As he himself states, for all the world knows they both died on the island with the volcanic eruption. You'd expect: Mills, who has shown no compunction about murder as shown with smothering Lockwood earlier, would have both Owen and Claire killed then and there and their bodies disposed of. They serve no more use to him with the dinosaurs under his control and he had no issue with them dying on the island. And once again, no one else knows they're still alive aside from the mercs. Instead: Mills leaves them locked up while taunting them about his plans, confident that they have no way of escaping. End Result:Owen and Claire escape by making a Stygimoloch destroy their cages and proceed to ruin Mills' auction.
Seeing the people attending the auction running away in a panic, Wheatley decides to go inside the mansion, partly to find out what was going on, partly to demand his payment. He walks into the main room, only to find a strange new dinosaur that he's never seen before, locked in a cage. You'd expect: Wheatley would deduce that something went terribly wrong, avoid the dinosaur altogether and get away as quickly as possible. Instead: Wheatley spends some time admiring the dinosaur even as it furiously roars at him, then tranquilizes it. He notices that the animal is abnormaly resistant to his darts, but dismisses it once it lays down. He then goes inside the cage to try and pull out one of its teeth. Even Worse: He notices its tail move. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would realise that meant it was awake, and would get the hell out of there while they could. End Result: By the time Wheatley realizes he had been tricked, the Indoraptor decides to stop Playing Possum and moves on to mutilate and kill him.
While this is happening, Eversoll manages to make a break for the elevator and finds people in hiding. He then pushes the woman standing in front of the access panel so he can activate it to get them all out of there. Said woman stands in the middle of the elevator, witnessing the Indoraptor eating Wheatley. You'd expect: Since the dinosaur is already focused on wasting Wheatley and someone is working on a way to save her, she'd either go right back into hiding or simply not do anything to grab the attention of the beast. Instead:Shescreams. End Result: With their hiding spot blown, the Indoraptor then charges after the elevator and manages to thwart Eversoll's escape plan by breaking the outer panel with a whack of the tail, right as the elevator doors had just closed.