WARNING! The following article contains SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The real-world basis for the science used to clone dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park books and movies has always been a bit dodgy, yet the most unbelievable aspect of the latest film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, may be how cheap it is to buy a live dinosaur at auction.
The plot of Fallen Kingdom focuses upon raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and former Jurassic World park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce David Howard). The two are reunited as part of a team, sent to rescue the dinosaurs that were abandoned to run wild on the island of Isla Nublar, before a reawakened volcano destroys them all. However, the two quickly discover that their new employers were not entirely honest about their noble reasons for saving Isla Nublar’s dinosaurs. In fact, their plan is to auction the dinosaurs off to the highest bidder.
ComicBook reports that many fans questioned the prices that were being quoted in the movie and how well the screenwriters might have researched just how expensive a live dinosaur would be in reality. Some of the prices were low enough that, if cloned dinosaurs really did exist, it would be far cheaper to buy them and train them than it would be to create them with CGI for a movie.
While a precise dollar amount was never given in Jurassic Park regarding just how much it cost John Hammond to create his dinosaur clones, he claimed that he “spared no expense” in the original park’s creation. It would certainly have been expensive enough that a seven-digit figure for even a small dinosaur would be ludicrously low, given the expense of the technology involved. The sheer fact that one is dealing with a rare commodity would also boost the price considerably, based on simple supply and demand.
A number of Twitter users made apt comparisons as to how badly the potential price of a live dinosaur was low-balled in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Drawing comparison to another recent release, BeccaWeddle noted that the diamond necklace that was the focus of the theft in Ocean’s Eight was worth $150 million – a far more queenly sum than the $10 million some dinosaurs were fetching, despite being far rarer than diamonds. Other users said the auction prices from the movie were a bargain compared to the real-world prices for commercial time during The Super Bowl or the cost of a fighter jet. Perhaps the most understated comment came from DJ3LN, who pointed out that real world dinosaur fossils sell for far more the prices some live dinosaurs were fetching.
The screenwriters of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom have yet to comment on their scandalously poor planning, but it’s clear that auctioning off live dinosaurs would be much more expensive than they were in the movie.
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