Tyrannical T-Rex


In no particular order, Rant! articulates and analyses cinema’s most horrific creatures – from all genres of film.

Jurassic Park – authored by Michael Crichton and directed by Steven Spielberg – is a cautionary tale exposing the dangers of biological tinkering; when human knowledge is combined with greed and complacency, and is untempered by wisdom, ethics or the oversight of a responsible organisation, the results are calamitous. And what better metaphor for unbridled destruction than the fearsome force of nature also known as Tyrannosaurus Rex – additionally operating under the pseudonym ‘Tyrant Lizard’ and better known by its peers as ‘KING badass Tyrant Lizard.’

Steven Spielberg’s epic cinematic adaptation of Crichton’s novel is the director’s highest grossing film to date. Jurassic Park was ground-breaking in terms of computer generated imagery and it introduced audiences to a prehistoric world like never ever seen before. Dinosaurs roamed the plains of the Jurassic Park with unparalleled realism – in cinemas, Brontosauruses breathed down the necks of the front row, Pterodactyls reached out to the back seats with their wing span and T-Rex ran at the audience with fearsome, predatory determination.

T.Rex roamed the North American continent 67 million years ago. The fearsome creature bore a gargantuan skull with a massive mouth full of bone crushing teeth. Boasting excellent binocular vision, T-Rex crashed through the jungle eyeballing tasty treats, although ambush was the creature’s preferred method of attack. The planet-sized head of the carnivorous beast was balanced by a long, heavy tale that could be used to thrash any potential prey into delirium. In contrast to the bipedal carnivore’s powerful hind limbs, the creature’s forelimbs were small, though unusually powerful for their size, and carried two clawed digits – perfect for slicing and gouging. Pretty darn horrific.

Yet in spite of T-Rex’s brutal ferocity, the film’s pesky little Velociraptors almost rival Tyrannosaurus Rex in badassness… but not quite. T-Rex is, after all, one of the largest land carnivores of all time, standing 46 feet long and 20 feet tall in Spielberg’s film. And in case confusion abounds; Spielberg allows the tenacious T-Rex to stamp its authority by pulverising a Raptor, which involves grabbing said Raptor in its jaws and crushing it with unyielding might – badassness decided.