Jurassic Park: 10 flaws you never noticed
Incredibly, it still holds up today, thanks to an amazing blend of bleeding-edge CG imagery and animatronics from Stan Winston, not to mention the high concept story from author Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg's breathless direction.[Would you survive a disaster movie?]
However fun it may be, even 20 years on from its original release, 'Jurassic Park' isn't perfect – repeated viewings do single out a few brilliantly tiny flaws you might have been too wowed to notice the first time around. It's nit-picking, sure, but remember – we do it out of love...
T-Rex pushed the car off a drop, and into a continuity error (Credit: Universal)
The T-Rex 'moat'
Here's a goof you probably didn't notice until at least the second or third viewing, purely because the sequence it occurs in is so intense. When the Jeeps carrying the JP gang stop outside the Tyrannosaur paddock, the fences fail and the terrifying T-Rex makes his entrance, strolling out of his enclosure. However, a few short scenes later, the Rex pushes one of the Jeeps (carrying Tim) back into the paddock, where a 100ft drop has appeared out of nowhere, into which Alan and Lex fall. Ardent Jurassic Park defenders will tell you the 'T-Rex moat' is in fact part of the park's design, but if so it's poorly communicated by Steven Spielberg, who – in fairness – was busy scaring the pants off of us.
T-Rex developed a sudden ninja-like approach (Credit: Universal)
The sneaky T-Rex
Reckon a Tyrannosaurus Rex could ever sneak up on you? Something tells us you'd hear and see it coming a mile off – in fact, the Rex's booming footsteps could be felt from far away in the iconic water-ripple scene. However, the movie's dramatic climax sees the T-Rex become the hero of the story, swooping into shot at the last second to sink its teeth into a raptor, saving Alan, Ellie and the kids. You can just about forgive Spielberg for its inclusion because it's a brilliant moment, but the fact is, the Rex's return was a last-minute addition and it shows – not only does he show previously undisclosed ninja skills, but the 40ft beast gets into the Visitor's Centre distressingly easily. One apologetic shot shows a gaping entrance still under construction, but it wasn't visible in the same location earlier in the movie. Watch the scene