Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom contains some of the most remarkable, dino-sized plot holes in the entire franchise's history. A possible reason for this is because it's the middle part of the trilogy, and serves the essential purpose of getting viewers from A to B. There's a sense that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had a strong vision for the first film, and he knew where he wanted the franchise to go for the end; but he hadn't really worked out how to connect the two. As a result, J.A. Bayona's sequel (which was co-written by Trevorrow) has quite a muddled, inconsistent script, with a plot that tries to switch genres halfway through.
There are also plot holes. Some of them are traditional issues in an action flick; the fact a boat gets from Costa Rica to California overnight is just the latest example of how fluid time can be in a movie. Others can be explained, even if they are slightly amusing (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actually subtly contradicts itself with the origin of the Indoraptor). But some of these plot holes are simply inexplicable. You can see what the film is trying to do, but it just doesn't quite manage to pull it off.
So, here are the biggest plot holes we've spotted in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Where we can, we'll offer explanations in order to resolve them - but, as noted, not all of these issues can be fixed.
- This Page: Indoraptor Technicalities and the Opening Scenes
- Page 2: Human Cloning, the Dramatic End Montage, and More
The Indoraptor's Laser Targeting System Makes No Sense
One of the main "selling points" for the Indoraptor in the auction is that it can essentially be programmed to attack anybody you want. All you need is the right gun with a laser sight: you point it at the target, and then trigger the attack with a sonic cue. While this is impressive, and plays an important part in the film's climax, it also doesn't make any sense at all. Eli Mills is trying to sell the Indoraptor as a brutal assassin. Yet in order to ensure the Indoraptor kills the target of your choice, you have to be standing there in front of them, pointing a gun directly at their chest, and then triggering the sonic cue. That's not an assassination - it's simply the most expensive form of execution in history. While no doubt some of the people at the auction would indeed be interested in that, that's not how the Indoraptor is advertised.
The Indominus Rex's Skeleton
The opening sequence of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom reveals that, in order to create the Indoraptor, Mills and Wu sent an expedition to Isla Nublar. This team's mission is to obtain a genetic sample from the skeleton of the Indominus rex, which we last saw being consumed by the Mosasaurus in Jurassic World. And that leads to the most surreal scene in the entire film: Mills' agents dive to the bottom of the Mosasaurus's tank, and find the perfectly-preserved skeleton of the Indominus rex.
It seems that the Mosasaurus is a very careful eater. Not only does it not break the bones of any creature it eats; when it's finished eating, it apparently has an obsessive compulsion to reassemble the skeleton, and carefully deposit it at the bottom of the lagoon. Perhaps the Mosasaurus likes swimming past and remembering its most enjoyable previous snacks.
Just When Did That Opening Scene Happen?
There's another awkward problem with that opening scene, as well: just when is it set? Given that DNA sample was needed to create the Indoraptor in the first place, and a dinosaur clone's gestation in this franchise has always taken over 12 months, we can assume it was at least a year ago. More likely, it was shortly after Isla Nublar was abandoned. And yet Mills' team seem to believe enough time has passed for the dinosaurs to actually die out. They're surprised to be confronted by a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Mosasaurus.
Adding to the oddity of it all, the Mosasaurus is presumably released into the wild at least a year before the main plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. So what happens to the aquatic dinosaur in all that time? It seems to just swim through the depths, not troubling anyone until the end of the film, when it chooses to snack on some surfers.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018
- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021