Jurassic World will have trouble wrapping up its story in an exciting way, but that problem may be fixed by the rumored Fast & Furious crossover.
Rumors of a Fast & Furious and Jurassic World crossover film have been circulating the internet lately, and while such a film may sound downright ridiculous, it may be just what the latter series needed. The two franchises have been Universal’s undisputed titans for years now, each slowly advancing with bigger dinosaurs, faster cars and more and more absurd action set pieces. But could a crossover between the two really work?
Currently, the Jurassic World franchise is in a somewhat difficult position. The previous film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, but fell well short of the critical reception of its predecessor. Many reviews criticized the film for lacking any real weight in the action sequences, resulting in a very expensive looking thrill ride without much real punch. The series is hoping to breathe some new life into its story by bringing back several classic Jurassic Park characters in the next film, Jurassic World: Dominion, but that also can’t stop a boring ending. As it stands, Jurassic World has two obvious ways to end the story — by wiping out the dinosaurs once again, or creating some kind of human/dino harmony. Unfortunately, none of the options are particularly original or compelling.
To rekindle its action and re-establish its cinematic dominance, Jurassic World needs two things — a real wow factor, and more likable characters. A Fast and Furious crossover could provide both of those things in spades, linking Dominic Toretto’s supercharged family with one of the few things they haven’t run into yet — literal dinosaurs. The result will be a Godzilla vs. Kong-level spectacle that only warrants excitement from the ridiculous concept.
The possibilities for a Fast & Furious/Jurassic World crossover are endless: Han and Letty do a T-Rex popping nitrous to barely pass before jumping to the mouth of a bubbling volcano. Roman shouts on the radio how the crazy dinosaur a few seconds ago lifts his car into a giant mouth with a huge mouth that is still in it. Dom is touched emotionally when a Velociraptor returns to his nest to care for his young, reminding him that even prehistoric creatures valued family. Sharp and Ramsey are building a robo-dinosaur powered by a rack of 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engines. The list of fictions goes on and on, and on.
The time when Jurassic Park could succeed on the merits of its visual effects and god-complex philosophy is over. The series is now part of an ever-increasing action movie arms race, and if it wants to dominate and avoid boring endings, it has a clear path. Universal should seriously think about the Fast & Furious and Jurassic World crossover that was once considered a joke.