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    The Saddest Moment In Cinematic History, And I’ll Never Get Over It

    WARNING Potential spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ICYMI, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened June 22nd and has dominated the box office, earning over $250 million in its first two weeks of release.

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    The film is the second in the newest trilogy of the Jurassic Park franchise, which first premiered 25 years ago.

    The new film includes many homages to its predecessors by references, and even bringing back some beloved characters from the original films. Including Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Chaotician Dr. Ian Malcom, and B.D. Wong returning as Chief Geneticist Dr. Henry Wu, the (albeit) genius yet equally insane scientist responsible for the creation of the Indominus rex from the first Jurassic World as well as the first film, Jurassic Park and created the method for creating the dinos in the first place.

    The film takes place three years after the events of the first Jurassic World

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    The park has been abandoned and the dinosaurs have been running wild around ever since. But, chaos ensues as a once-thought dormant volcano on Isla Nublar has reawakened and threatens the entire island, including our dino pals.

    In a desperate effort to save the once-extinct species, a wealthy estate owner enlists the help of Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help.

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    Claire is recruited, as she is the leading voice of Dinosaur Protection Project, a nonprofit established to save the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar, and once head of operations at the now defunct Jurassic World. And Owen, due to his extensive knowledge of animal behavior, and his personal connection to one asset in particular, the velociraptor Blue.

    Fast forward, after double crossings, tranquilizers, and a nasty run in with a Baryonyx in a lava-filled bunker, Claire, Owen, and their comrades manage to escape the island before it is consumed by liquid hot maga and volcanic debris.

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    So, great, they’ve escaped. We can move on to the next action-packed act of the film, right?

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    NOPE. Because the director has one last plan to tug at our heart strings so forcibly it will literally rip your heart out of your butt and show it to you. Strap in.

    As our heroes safely sail away from the safety of a large barge, they take one last longing glaze at Isla Nublar, and I reallyyyyy wish they didn’t...

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    Attempting to escape his fate, a lone brachiosaurus walks as quickly as a 56 metric ton animal can carry himself down the pier that our heroes have just escaped from. Behind him, ash, fire, and lava spewing towards him. Nothing able to save him, only the unforgiving ocean before him, certain death behind.

    The gentle giant lets out one last roar before his silhouette is engulfed by the ash cloud that is barreling towards him. We are left with one last glance at the magnificent reptile and his last desperate roar before the barge’s rear door closes, leaving us with a brachiosaurus-sized hole in our hearts.

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    I have not, and perhaps will never forgive director J.A. Bayona for including this scene (though artistically, I understand why). It’s symbolisim is more than just the death of a dinosaur

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    If you remember, from the first film from 1993, the very first dinosaur we, and archeologists Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) lay our innocent dinosaur-virgin eyes on is, yes, the brachiosaurus.

    Bayona tells Heat Vision, “That scene represents the ending of a dream that started 25 years ago... You are telling the ending of that island and the ending of that dream.”

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    Bayona goes on to explain that to get the perfect reactions from his cast, he played a soft, sad version of the Jurassic Park theme song while filming to add a touch of authenticity to the scene.

    So chalk our brachiosaurus up there with Old Yeller, Musafa, Dumbledore, and the ever-extensive list of the saddest movie deaths ever.

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    #neverforget our brave brachiosaurus, a fighter till the bitter end.

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