JURASSIC WORLD: Repentance and Transformation | FCC 79

Repentance and transformation are just two of the Christian themes in this past summer’s blockbuster hit Jurassic World. In this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast, we discuss how this film can be used to tell your friends about the repentance and transformation that comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:25 – Movie Discussion
  • 00:28:26 – Christian Themes in Jurassic World
  • 01:03:40 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 01:10:05 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:17:00 – Lightning Round
  • 01:18:25 – Upcoming

Repentance and Mr. Masrani

Simon Masrani is all about life; one of his primary concerns for the amusement park Jurassic World is the well-being of the guests and that also of the dinosaurs housed there. It is thus his penultimate desire that the people that visit the park and the creatures they visit within the park are happy. He values life and has a clear zest for it, and he wants everyone and everything at the park to share in his bliss.

But he is first and foremost a man of business. As much as he wants the guests and the animals to enjoy themselves, he wants more to please the investors who are supporting these prehistoric assets and attractions. He wants to meet the public demand before the public even demands it, and his orders are composed of words like “bigger,” “cooler,” and “more teeth.” Unfortunately, the next big thing – the Indominus Rex – has escaped her holding cell, and Masrani is to blame.

This image from JURASSIC WORLD shows Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani.

Thankfully, he has another trick up his sleeve, and it involves the company helicopter and a machine gun. It’s not what he wants to do – kill the 26-million-dollar Indominus Rex and alienate all present and any future investors –  but after being convicted by Owen and Dr. Wu, he realizes that it’s what he has to do. He then repents of his pride and humbly takes on the heroic task.

Transformation and Aunt Claire

Masrani isn’t the only character that goes through a type transformation, as Aunt Claire also experiences a renewing of the mind which in turn affects her future choices and actions. Like her boss Masrani, Claire is also concerned with the business end of operating the park, but unlike her boss, she is only concerned with the business end. She cuts off any other relationships to strengthen the bond between her and her job. She leaves her two nephews by themselves, she brushes off any romantic advances from Owen, and she even rolls her eyes at her boss when he starts talking about things like “happiness” and “just breathe.” She embodies the theme of self-centeredness and personal autonomy at the expense of the surrounding society and familial ties.

This image from JURASSIC WORLD shows Bryce Dallas Howard as Aunt Claire.

It isn’t until she witnessed the courageous actions and sacrifice of her mentor Masrani that she then transforms into the woman she needs to be. She is now willing and able to be the protector of her nephews that she was supposed to be in the beginning. She can now grow within herself the fruit of selflessness and focus her love more outwardly than ever before. And by the end of the film, she has finally come to terms with not being in control and now leans on Owen for support – not because she was weak, but because she now knows that she needs other people in her life to do the things she can’t, like we all do.

Key Texts

James 4:17 NET

So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

Galatians 6:14-15 NLT

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

Finding Christ In Cinema is the show where we discover Christian themes in movies past and present. Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. Brought to you by the Great Commission Transmission Network. View the complete show notes, including links to articles discussed, by clicking here.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a good way to use stories to soften peoples' hearts. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever.
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