I first saw the 1993 Jurassic Park movie on a really small TV screen, probably about 15 inches. There were five Sisters, including myself, crowded around this little TV. The picture was pretty bad according to today’s standards and the sound was in and out. Despite not having the big screen experience, I was scared out of my wits and jumped off my seat screaming at all the appropriate times but especially when the little girl found Samuel L. Jackson. I loved it.
Fast forward 22 years to Jurassic World. I was really looking forward to the new dinos and the new story. There is a new dino, Indominus Rex, but unfortunately, there is no new story. Basically, you’ve got Jurassic Park with a lot more extras and a military twist.
Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees the operations of Jurassic World, a theme park that has been fully functioning for 10 years. It seems the novelty of seeing live dinosaurs is wearing off and attendance is waning. High-strung, stuck-up Claire worries about corporate sponsorship so the lab creates a new dino by mixing T-Rex DNA with that of another animal but nobody will say what. The Indominus Rex is bigger and badder and, hopefully, will bring in the necessary profit when the attraction opens to the public very, very soon.
Meanwhile, over in the paddock housing the Velociraptors, Owen (Chris Pratt), former Navy, works to train the Raptors to respond to his hand signals and voice. Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) hopes the Raptors to prove trainable so he can sell them to the military. Wouldn’t that be something for the enemies of the state?
The mayhem begins when Indominus Rex escapes her enclosure. There are close to 22,000 people in the park, including Claire’s two nephews. If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which characters end up as a dinosaur version of fast food and which ones don’t.
As I watched the really neat digital dinos chase people around, the scenes that resonated most with me were the ones that took place in the park’s laboratory. What struck me is that we human beings should let God be God and acknowledge that we are not God. God created nature and nature took its course with the dinosaurs millions of years ago for whatever reason, all as part of God’s plan. Do we have the right to mess with nature? Even though we are not actually making dinosaurs, the question is relevant today especially in the case of medical sciences. Just because science enables us to do something doesn’t mean that we should. Ethics and the dignity of the human person made in the image of God always needs to be the first consideration.
While enjoying the rush of adrenaline that watching Jurassic World gives you, take a moment to thank God for his wonderful creation, from the very beginning up until now. Let us strive to be good and faithful stewards of that creation.