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Although there is no disputing the impact that Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park had when it was released in 1992, there has always been one scene that has bugged/perplexed me.

I speak of the climax, when Alan Grant et al are surrounded by the Velociraptors and about to be pounced upon, when suddenly the T-Rex lunges in and 'saves the day'.

It has already been established earlier on the film that the T-Rex telegraphs its approach with thunderous footsteps, and I'm pretty sure that even if the humans were surrounded by malevolent reptiles, they would notice a huge T-rex squeezing in through the front door of the reception center.

Possible explanations include the T-Rex's ambushing skills (as evident in the earlier Gallimimus chasing scene), the afore-mentioned distraction of the Velociraptors, or even a huge suspension of disbelief to better serve the dynamism of the scene.

I don't like the idea of T-Rex just being shoehorned into the scene to add some va va voom, so is there a better explanation?

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It's Hollywood. They can make anything happen and have it "make sense". Get used to it. –  Bernard Feb 10 '12 at 2:36
Thanks Bernard. Not very constructive. –  Nobby Feb 10 '12 at 2:50
I'm sorry, but it's the truth as I see it. –  Bernard Feb 10 '12 at 3:16
@Bernard - sorry, but I agree with Nobby here - most questions about movies (or other story based media) can be answered with 'that's how they made it' - but it is not particularly in the spirit of the site. –  iandotkelly Feb 10 '12 at 5:08

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Well I never wondered about this. There has been quite a chaos (with them falling through the ceiling into these skeletons) immediately before it, under which an approaching T-Rex could really get lost.

So I would indeed attribute this to the distraction created by the velociraptors and the overall chaos of this scene (both for the audience and the characters). And maybe a bit of trying to create a very surprising moment by sacrificing a small bit of realism (which never bothered me at all).

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Commenting on realism in a movie where dinosaurs are alive and thriving on a tropical island :) –  TylerShads Feb 9 '12 at 18:37
@TylerShads Well indeed, but it still has to be true to the stroy's own realism. But then again, this particular inconsistency here is IMHO that minor (if any) that even more generally realistic movies usually have much larger plot-holes. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 9 '12 at 19:56
Oh I realize that. It just always strikes me as funny when anyone, including myself, try to make something in a fictitious work into realism :) –  TylerShads Feb 9 '12 at 20:13
I agree with both of you gents - however, I think my biggest beef is that Spielberg would resort to this kind of 'cheap trick' in a scene - off the top of my head I can't think of another case of this in any of his other films. –  Nobby Feb 9 '12 at 20:48
T Rex couldve taken an alternate route into the building. :) –  Stannis Baratheon Feb 10 '12 at 2:05

In the movie, when the camera pans to the t-rex, if you look in the background there's a large door or opening in the background that it looks like the t-rex came through.

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