Jurassic World Beat Sheet
Genre: Monster in the House
Opening Image: The eye of a baby dinosaur peers out of its egg as it hatches. This creature will wreak havoc on the park and will change things forever.
Set-Up: Brothers Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) say goodbye to their parents as they go to visit Jurassic World and see their aunt, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who manages the park. In her thesis world, Claire meets with investors so the park can create bigger attractions and make more money. Too busy to meet her nephews, she has her assistant Zara escort them instead. In the control room, technical operator Lowery (Jake Johnson) laments the corporatization of the park, showing his respect for the original Jurassic Park while reminding Claire that the “assets” are actual animals.
Theme Stated: Claire meets with park owner Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who has honored John Hammond’s dying wish to see a functional park. As he demonstrates his helicopter-flying prowess, he declares, “The key to a happy life is to accept that you are never actually in control.” Even with all of its advancements, can Jurassic World do any better at controlling these prehistoric creatures than the original park?
Catalyst: Claire shows Masrani the paddock for their newest creation, the Indominus Rex. This creature, created through genetic manipulation by InGen scientist Dr. Wu, is the park’s attempt to avoid a stasis = death situation; in order for the park to continue to be profitable, the park needed to create something different, something bigger than the T. Rex.
Debate: Masrani wants Claire to make sure the paddock can contain the Indominus Rex and asks her to have Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) examine it for possible issues. Owen, demonstrating his ability to train and control a pack of velociraptors, rescues a worker from them in a “save the cat” moment to top all others. InGen’s head of security, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), wants to apply the controlled raptors for military use, believing they are simply animals without rights.
While Zach and Gray abandon Zara to see the T. Rex and the aquatic Mosasaurus, Claire visits Owen to recruit him. Owen criticizes her for treating the dinosaurs like assets that need to be controlled rather than creatures that need to be respected. The two visit the paddock, discovering that the Indominus has seemingly climbed out of its enclosure. Claire races away and alerts operations while Owen enters the paddock. Even though there is no thermal signature from the Indominus, the tracking implant suggests that it is still in the paddock with them.
Break into Two: The Indominus Rex reveals itself and escapes its paddock. This is Claire’s antithesis world, one in which she does not have control over the park’s attractions.
B Story: The B Story is reflected through the relationship between Zach and Gray, whose parents are divorcing.
Fun and Games: The Indominus Rex is tracked by the Asset Containment Unit (ACU), but all members are killed as they learn it can camouflage itself, qualities derived from its cuttlefish DNA. The Indominus also displays intelligence, having removed its tracking implant. Masrani confronts Dr. Wu, who insists that InGen will not disclose the complete genetic makeup of the Indominus.
Zach and Gray board the gyrosphere ride moments before Claire shuts the attractions down. Claire tries to call Zach, but the call fails. She enlists the help of Owen to locate the boys, who have ignored the order to return. Instead, the brothers venture into the restricted area, where the Indominus attacks them. They narrowly escape, plunging into the water below.
Midpoint: The brothers venture deeper into the park, coming upon the jungle-claimed remains of the original visitor’s center. Zach realizes how he has been treating Gray and focuses on comforting him as they try to get an old jeep started. A and B stories cross as their survival and their relationship become one. The stakes are raised as the Indominus moves closer to where the people are.
Bad Guys Close In: Claire and Owen find a herd of slaughtered apatosaurs; the Indominus is killing for sport. They also locate the destroyed gyrosphere but are relieved to find that the boys have survived, tracking them to the old visitor’s center moments after the boys have driven away. Claire and Owen are attacked by the Indominus before it heads toward the aviary. Hoskins presses Masrani to use the trained raptors to track the Indominus Rex as InGen security forces arrive on the island. With the remaining ACU members, Masrani pilots a helicopter to try and bring down the dinosaur, but pterosaurs fly out and attack, causing his helicopter to crash. Now freed, the pterosaurs fly toward the Jurassic World visitor’s center as Zach and Gray arrive safely at the gates. Chaos erupts in the main plaza as pterosaurs attack visitors. The park is out of control as Claire and Owen find the boys and protect them.
All Is Lost: After so much loss of control, all is lost to the Indominus Rex. Visitors are injured and evacuating. Hoskins brings InGen’s security team into the control room and takes over. The whiff of death is in the air as the visitors’ lives are at stake, and it is clear that the park will never recover from this.
Dark Night of the Soul: Hoskins wants to use the raptors to track the Indominus Rex. Owen reluctantly agrees, as long as no harm comes to the raptors. Claire begins to show change by caring for the boys and not just the control of the park, and while Zach comforts Gray, the A and B Stories come together.
Break into Three: Owen uses the raptors to begin tracking the Indominus, a synthesis world of using a degree of control with respect for their wild nature.
Finale: The raptors locate their target, but as the Indominus Rex emerges, it is clear in the high-tower surprise what InGen was keeping secret: raptor DNA was part of its make-up, the “sin” that sets the “monster” loose in the “house.” It communicates with the raptors, becoming the new alpha. The raptors turn on Owen and his team, attacking them as they flee back to headquarters. Claire and the boys are pursued by raptors but escape to find Owen. As the four flee to the main plaza, the raptors find them, but Owen reestablishes his bond with them before the Indominus arrives, and the raptors attack it instead. While Owen protects the boys, Claire digs down deep, realizing that she cannot control these “assets” but must respect them as wild animals. She asks Lowery to open the T. Rex paddock and lures it to the Indominus. The two giants fight as a final raptor joins in. As the fight nears the water, the Mosasaurus delivers a final bite, dragging the Indominus with it into the depths.
Final Image: At the park, the T. Rex ascends to the roof of the headquarters, asserting its place as king of the dinosaurs with a bellowing roar.
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