Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom only gets more confusing the more fans try to apply logic to its numerous plot holes, and the filmmakers themselves aren't helping matters. The more they try to explain the events of the film's story - where the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar are brought into the mainland, which unleashes the Dinopocalypse - the less sense Jurassic World 2 seems to make.
Fallen Kingdom's co-writer and franchise architect Colin Trevorrow recently cleared up the film's timeline of when the opening scene takes place. Jurassic World 2 begins with a group of mercenaries diving into the theme park's lagoon in a submersible. Their mission is to bring back a DNA sample from the skeleton of the Indominus Rex, which was killed and eaten by the aquatic Mosasaurus in the prior film. One of the mercenaries reassures his frightened partner that the Mosasaurus "must be dead by now." Of course, he was totally wrong: the very-much-alive aquatic dinosaur attacked the mercs, who were nonetheless able to complete their mission, albeit with loss of life. But thanks to the mercs' blundering, the Mosasaurus got loose into the ocean.
In an interview, Trevorrow clarified that this scene happened years before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's main story.
However, the filmmaker's explanation only creates confusion. The fall of Jurassic World was a global news event, why would the mercenaries be so confident that enough time had passed for the dinosaur to die if it was straight after? It's possible the film's villain, Eli Mills, lied to them as he lied to Claire Dearing and Owen Grady, but even if he did, that most of the animals were still alive hardly makes it seem safe. Indeed, lying to the mercs means they wouldn't have come sufficiently armed to face the dinosaurs, decreasing their chances of successfully completing their mission. This seems to be a retroactive decision done to justify how the I-Rex's skeleton is able to be used in the Indoraptor's DNA, evidenced by how dilapidated the abandoned Jurassic World is: nothing about the scene suggests it's in the aftermath of the first film.
The Mosasaurus' escape is another Fallen Kingdom plot hole. According to Trevorrow's timeline, the gigantic beast infiltrating the Pacific Ocean happened three years before the events of Jurassic World 2. Granted, the Pacific is enormous, but it's hard to believe that in the course of those three years apparently the Mosasaurus encountered no seagoing vessels and was not sighted at all until the closing montage of the film when it emerged near an unnamed beach to attack some surfers. Of course, it's not specified when the Mosasaurus attacked, but the montage gives the impression that it conveniently happens at the same time the rest of the dinosaurs spread out into the world - otherwise the Mosasaurus should also have been global news along with Isla Nublar's erupting volcano.
But it gets messier. The sequel even retconned the first Jurassic World to make the Mosasaurus' escape happen. According to the theme park map on the Jurassic World website, the lagoon where the Mosasaurus was kept was roughly in the center of the island (for the obvious reason to prevent its escape). Jurassic World 2's opening scene upends that by moving the location of the lagoon and conveniently giving it doors that nonsensically open to the ocean; why should they exist other than for the writer's benefit to facilitate an escape.
Despite the film's exciting action sequences directed by J.A. Bayona, the more fans dig into the structure of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the more shoddy the film's story is revealed to be - right down to one of the weakest end-credits scenes ever. This doesn't bode well for Colin Trevorrow returning to direct Jurassic World 3.
- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021