In the beginning, everyone seems to be on the same page, except Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). He is panicked thinking they are going to die at any moment. He views the island as a nightmare only because of his experience at the amusement park. His PTSD from the first movie makes him overly cautious and suspicious of every aspect of the island.
Sarah (Julianne Moore) is a scientist with boundary issues. She finds the dinosaurs and everything about them fascinating. She wants to learn from them, explain how they survive, and compare them to other creatures she has studied. However, she does not approach the island with the caution Malcolm does.
Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn) is a bit of a naturalist and a rebel. He came along seemingly to take some pretty pictures of the island and the dinosaurs. However, he is also there to protect the creatures. He releases them after they have been captured. He believes in “Earth first”.
Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff) viewed the island as another habitat to be entered, observed, and with creatures that potentially need to be pacified. He brought a variety of technologies to assist the team on the island. However, although he may have had better intentions than some, technology ultimately did not protect him or many other visitors to that island.
Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard) sees this island as a money maker. Using the dinosaurs as zoo animals could make him millions more dollars. Therefore, he wants to capture and exploit the creatures because of greed.
Rolando Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite) is running the show for Ingen. He is a big game hunter and knows what he is doing; he recognizes “game trail[s]” and wants a “trophy”. He sees something to be gained on this island but not wealth. He wants bragging rights, a good story, and (probably) a stuffed T-Rex.
On an island full of dinosaurs, many points of view can take over. Each character sees these creatures and what they can do differently. Some are scared, intrigued, or greedy. I believe this would happen if we brought these creatures back. What do you think?
While I could find few other interpretations, I found a review interesting and wanted to share. This review discusses the highs and lows of this film as well as the hubris of characters and the parental value of the dinosaurs.
Unfortunately, everything else on the internet bashes this film. If you walk into any Jurassic Park film expecting a perfect plot with scientific accuracy, you’re setting yourself and the film up for failure. Know what you are walking in to before spending your money.
Thank you for reading! See you next week with an extra blog post to make-up for missing last week!