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As you say, sir. You know, John Hammond was right: it was an unholy thing that you did. I'm not the only one guilty here, am I, sir?
~ Eli Mills, right before murdering Benjamin Lockwood by suffocating him with a pillow.
This prototype is worth eight million dollars right now! Relax; we'll make some more.
~ Mills giving Henry Wu an excuse about why he's having the Indoraptor sold despite Wu's concerns.
Get this thing outta here!
~ Mills ordering his men to send the Indoraptor's cage back because his auction is being ruined.
Elijah "Eli" Mills is a major antagonist in the Jurassic Park franchise, serving as the main antagonist of the fifth film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He is also the unseen overarching antagonist of the Netflix spin-off Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, serving as a mentioned antagonist in Season 3.
He was the assistant and finance manager of Benjamin Lockwood, one of the co-founders of the original Jurassic Park (alongside John Hammond) and the arch-nemesis of Owen Grady and Claire Dearing. He seeks to make a profit off of selling the dinosaurs trapped on the island of Isla Nublar by any means necessary, which includes killing those who either outlived their usefulness or stand in his way.
He was portrayed by Rafe Spall in his first villainous role.
Mills was hired by Benjamin Lockwood to be his finance manager ever since he graduated from college, and also met Claire Dearing at said fundraiser. He also met Henry Wu and hired him to create the first genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur, the Scorpios rex, to help him with his illegal operations beneath Lockwood Manor. However, when the Scorpios proved too unstable, Mills objected to using it for his corrupt business practices, but only because its unpredictability would hurt his operations.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
While he doesn't appear in the series thus far, Mills is shown to be the one who Henry Wu was working for by the time the Camp Cretaceous campers were already stuck on Isla Nublar six months after the downfall of Jurassic World. He sends a mercenary team, Hawkes and Reed included, to recover a specimen of the deceased Indominus rex in order for Wu to create a new deadly hybrid dinosaur for weaponry: the Indoraptor. During this time period, one of the campers, Brooklynn, is taken hostage by Mills' mercenaries under the threat that if her fellow campers don't give Wu his laptop back, then they'll kill her. While Kenji almost gives the laptop to Wu to save Brooklynn's life, Sammy destroys Wu's laptop during an Ankylosaurus stampede, rendering him unable to get the extra files from there to create more hybrid dinosaurs. However, since he already got the Indominus ribcage to continue his illegal operations with Mills, Wu convinces Hawkes not to shoot at the campers because his vengeance isn't worth the time and effort.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mills first appeared in Lockwood's estate, where he greeted Claire Dearing (the former operations manager of Jurassic World) and told her about the impending crisis of Isla Nublar, as an imminent volcanic eruption may destroy the island and kill all of the dinosaurs residing there, and that the government will not rescue them because doing so would lead to disastrous results for the mainland. Mills told Claire that Lockwood has financed an operation that will help rescue the dinosaurs from the cataclysm and transport them to another island as their new reserve. He also tells Claire to hire Owen Grady for the mission due to his extensive training of Velociraptors (particularly the last surviving one known as Blue).
Accompanying Owen and Claire were Ken Wheatley and his team of mercenaries, whom Mills had hired to capture the dinosaurs for him to make money. After capturing Blue, Wheatley and his mercenaries betrayed Owen, Claire and their friends by leaving them on the island to die while capturing more dinosaurs and bringing them to the ship in cages. This made both a distraught Owen and Claire realize that the rescue operation was nothing more than a ruse to capture the dinosaurs and sell them off for profit.
Though Owen, Claire and their friends manage to evacuate the exploding island, they watch sadly as an unfortunate Brachiosaurus is left to die in the inferno of the island. Once the group arrives at Lockwood's Mansion, they end up being apprehended by Wheatley and locked up by Mills, who reveals that he's behind the plot and that he intends to sell the dinosaurs (including the Indoraptor) as weapons to arms dealers and warlords for profit (just like Vic Hoskins), all while mockingly calling Owen and Claire the "Parents of the New World". When Lockwood finds out about Mills' true intentions from his granddaughter Maisie, he angrily confronts Mills for his betrayal, but Mills kills Lockwood by smothering him with a pillow while confining Maisie to her bedroom.
Just as Mills proceeds with his plan by hiring an auctioneer Gunnar Eversol to auction off the captured dinosaurs, Owen manages to release himself and Claire by having a Stygimoloch to break them out and disrupt the auction, just as the Indoraptor is being presented for auction against Wu's objections. Mills, horrified that Owen and Claire escaped and ruined the auction, tried to tell his men to retract the track so the buyer could get the Indoraptor, but Owen foiled it and disconnected the track to prevent the auction from proceeding further.
After the Indoraptor escapes and kills Wheatley and Eversol, Owen rescues Maisie before he and Claire are confronted by an enraged Mills, who reveals a shocking truth: Maisie is actually the clone of Lockwood's real daughter and the true cause why Lockwood and his partner John Hammond broke up (as Hammond opposes human cloning). Just then, the Indoraptor kills the two mercenaries and attacks the heroes, allowing Mills to escape with the Indominus sample. Fortunately, Owen gets Blue to attack the Indoraptor, sending the latter to fall on a glass roof and getting impaled to death on a Agujaceratops skull on display.
Maisie then freed the other dinosaurs from captivity into the mainland, much to Mills' distraught as he sees his remaining men being trampled to death by the dinosaurs. Battered and in pain, Mills tries to take the Indominus sample to escape, but by an unexpected surprise, Rexy, the original Tyrannosaurus rex of the old park, grabbed him in her jaws and devoured him (with a Carnotaurus also biting off his bottom half before being scared off by Rexy) before crushing the Indominus rex sample, destroying the last piece of evidence of the I. rex's existence and ending the creation of future hybrid dinosaurs, thus leaving Mills' plan in vain. All that's left of Mills was his right leg that was then eaten by a pack of Compsognathus, which was detached when Rexy devoured him before she escaped with the other dinosaurs.
With Mills' plot foiled and the dinosaurs now residing in the mainland, the humans decided (per Ian Malcolm's suggestion) that they (along with other animals) will have to co-exist with the dinosaurs (as seen with Rexy and a male African lion roaring at each other in a zoo).
I just… that laptop had years of my research on it. Without it, what would take months will take years! So, if you don't want Mills to have your head, help me look.
~ Henry Wu, warning Hawkes and Reed of what Mills would do to them if they failed him.
When he first appeared, Mills started off as an honest and trustworthy gentleman dedicating his life to upholding Lockwood's legacy of creating and preserving dinosaurs, even being close to Lockwood's granddaughter Maisie and hiring Claire and Owen to his cause of rescuing the dinosaurs due to their extensive knowledge of the defunct Jurassic World.
However, as time goes by, Mills' true nature begins to unfold: that of a vain, manipulative, antisocial, greedy, ambitious, treacherous, and a truly dangerous sociopath, as he actually intends to sell off the dinosaurs as living weapons on the black market. To that end, he was willing to murder anyone who stood in his way, as seen in his attempt to dispose Owen and his allies by leaving them to die at Isla Nublar; he even murdered Lockwood to cover his tracks and attempted to have Maisie under his custody for financial reasons as she stands to inherit Lockwood's fortune, and he later tries to kill Owen and Claire with two mercenaries once they manage to crash his auction. He was even willing to kill Hawkes and Reed should they ever foil him in his plans, showing that his coldness isn't even limited to his own mercenaries.
Mills also coldly confessed that Maisie was actually a clone of Lockwood's deceased daughter and that she was the true reason behind the break-up between Lockwood and Hammond, as the latter opposed human cloning. It is also implied that, since Maisie is a clone, Mills wanted to keep her so that he could have Dr. Wu and his scientists perform presumably painful experiments on her with the intent of improving any future bio-weapons they could create. Judging from how he pushed her into her own room and how he spoke to her for the last time, he possibly viewed her as much of an inhuman animal as the dinosaurs. However, he has little to no actual knowledge of dinosaurs, as he couldn't find Blue without Owen Grady, ran away from a Stygimoloch (a Herbivore, yet he still treated it no different from a carnivore) and quickly forgot that the T. rex was still close to the mansion.
He is also a yet short-sighted, wimpy and cowardly businessman with the behavior akin to a spoiled child, being unsatisfied with his already powerful position and unwilling to admit his own flaws as his own actions are much more self-destructive and so poorly thought out that it pretty much negates his self-righteous claims. He is also quick to blame others for his self-inflicted mistakes and faults. His buyers expressed doubt and annoyance in his self-proclaimed competence when he didn't have the dinosaurs at the Lockwood estate yet, and even his own employees think of him as an idiot and look down at him as Dr. Wu views him as a child and weakling with no vision or spine whatsoever, while Wheatley is just impatient with him. Adding further to his bad judgment, he would unwittingly risk exposing the very secrets he tried cover up as he was willing to carelessly sell the highly unstable Indoraptor without considering the legal consequences, such as possibly cause many military dealers to reject the hybrid, due to his uncontrollable nature. It is also possible the Indoraptor's creation would implicate Mills in, and the courts would pass a law that would ban making any more, thus showing Mills' plans were doomed to fail regardless whether he would have succeeded or not.
In conclusion, Mills had to have been his own worst enemy as his greed, sense of denial, short-sightedness and unwillingness to listen to reason proved to be his downfall; this was shown as when Maisie released the dinosaurs from captivity, instead of escaping immediately, Mills attempted to retrieve the Indominus sample to create more hybrids, only for Rexy, the old park's T. rex, to devour Mills and destroy the sample.
Mills is widely considered by the fandom to be one of the worst villains in the series, due to his bland character, childish motivations and his whiny tone as well as for stealing the spotlight from the film's more likable antagonist, the Indoraptor.
Mills: John Alfred Hammond, the father of Jurassic Park, but of course, you know that. Hello, Claire, I'm Eli, uh, Mills. I work for Ben Lockwood. We actually met once, seven, eight years ago, and you don't remember… Claire: Of course, I remember. Haven't you run his foundations since… Mills: Since college, yeah. You remember? Claire: Yes! Mills: Wow, cool. He wanted someone young, and, idealistic to expand his fortune, and I used to be both. Follow me.
~ Mills introducing himself to Claire.
Mills: Let me give you a bit of history; this is where it all began, before the islands, Sorna, Jurassic Park, all of it. Hammond and Lockwood built custom lab in a sub-basement extracted the first DNA from amber, right beneath our feet. Claire: My goodness! What they did here was a miracle. I still believe that. Mills: So do I, Claire, so do I, and I still believe it matters, what happens to those animals. There is something Mr. Lockwood would very much like you to do, Claire. You can call it a favor for an old friend. We have, a piece of land; a sanctuary, protected by natural barriers, fully self-sustaining, a new home where the dinosaurs will be secure and free.
~ Mills lying to Claire about bringing the dinosaurs out of Isla Nublar.
Mills: Yeah, he has a grandchild. His daughter died… in a car accident. Claire: That's awful. Mills: Yeah, I know, but they're very close. Really close.
~ Mills about Lockwood's daughter's death while showing no real sympathy.
Mills: There was a tracking system in place in the park, radio frequency ID chips in each dinosaur. Claire: I remember. Mills: Right, so if we could access that system, our ability to locate and capture those animals safely… would increase tenfold. We need your handprint to access the system, but what I really need, Claire, is you. Moving endangered species isn't exactly legal, but it's the right thing to do. No one knows this park as well as you do and we need your expertise. Claire: How many can you save? Mills: Eleven species, for sure. I mean, more if we can, but time is against us. I'm afraid there is one animal in particular that poses a real challenge for us. Claire: Blue. Mills: I didn't know she had a name, but Blue is potentially the second most intelligent piece of life on this planet, and she's the last of her kind. She must be preserved. Claire: She can pick up your scent a mile off. You'll never capture her. Mills: Well, we thought you might know someone who could help. Maybe you could convince him.
~ Mills to Claire about capturing the dinosaurs.
Mills: Mr. Eversol. It's such a pleasure to meet you in person after all this time! How are you? Eversol: Excuse me. Mills: Yeah? Eversol: Where are the dinosaurs? Mills: The dinosaurs are, uh… are en route. Eversol: Oh, so am I supposed to sell these ones? Mills: You don't need to worry, okay? They will be here soon. Eversol: I-I-I don't really work with amateurs, so I'm gonna contact my buyers and call this off. Mills: They will be here tomorrow, and your buyers won't be disappointed. Trust me, whatever their interests, agricultural, industrial, sport-hunting, we will have something to suit them! Eleven species, each with unique, biopharmaceutical properties. I estimate four million per species. Eversol: Four million is a slow Tuesday where I'm from. You're wasting my time. Mills: You ever made 100 million on a Tuesday? Huh? All of that is in the past. I want to talk to you about the future.
~ Mills to Eversol about selling dinosaurs to morally corrupt people.
Mills: The whole point of selling the Isla Nublar dinosaurs is to finance our future operations here. It's, uh, seed money. Call it an, an overture of something much more ambitious. Eversol: Yeah, and more lucrative, I guess. Mills: Right. We've reactivated the old facilities, updated the technology, and imported the best geneticists from around the world. This operation's been many years in the planning. Genetic power is an uncharted frontier. The potential for growth is more than you can fathom. This way, please. See, the entire run of our solid history has taught us one irrevocable lesson: that men is inevitably drawn to war, and is willing to use any means necessary to win it. Eversol: You're gonna weaponize them? Mills: We've been using animals in combat for centuries: horses, elephants; the Soviets used disease-bearing rats against the Germans in Stalingrad. Eversol: Yes, yes. Mills: Our geneticists have created a direct descendant of Henry Wu's masterpiece: the animal that took down Jurassic World. Eversol: The Indominus rex. Mills: Her DNA, retrieved from the island way before its destruction, forms the architecture of a completely new creature, every bone and muscle designed for hunting and killing, and thanks to Owen Grady's research, it follows human command. We call it… the Indoraptor.
~ Mills introducing his illegal operations to Eversol.
Mills: If it dies, we have blood samples. Wu: No, no! That's not good enough! The raptor is a behavioral specimen. We need her in good health. Mills: I didn't shoot the damn thing! What do you want me to do, huh? Wu: You don't have the faintest comprehension of what I'm doing here. Do you understand the complexity of creating a new lifeform? Mills: I don't know, but I understand the COMPLEXITY OF PAYING FOR IT, OKAY? Wu: All of your money will have been wasted if I don't get Blue here in good health, to get the next iteration under control. It needs to form a familial bond with a closely-related genetic link. Mills: English, Henry! Wu: IT NEEDS A MOTHER! Blue's DNA will be part of the next Indoraptor's makeup, so it will be genetically coded to recognize her authority and assume her traits: empathy, obedience, everything the prototype you have now is missing! Mills: Okay, so how long is this going to take? Wu: It's not a sprint, Mr. Mills. It's a marathon. Mills: A marathon sounds expensive. Besides, time is running out and so is my patience, Henry! Wu: You have to understand! This is all uncharted territory. A wolf, genetically, is barely distinguishable from a bulldog, but within that gray area… is art. Mills: Ohhh, spare me the poetry, Henry. Can you do it? Can you do it? Wu: Yes; I can do it. Mills: Well then, do it! Wu: [sarcastically] Thank you! Mills: God, you're a pain in the ass.
~ Mills arguing with Wu about the Indoraptor.
Mills: Hi, Claire. I just wanted to come and apologize. I don't want to bring you into any of this, but it was the only way that we could get the raptor! We needed it. Owen: So, what? This is it? I mean, you're a smart guy; you could've started a foundation, cured cancer, but instead, you… what? Sell endangered species? Mills: I saved these animals. Claire: You betrayed a dying man for money. Mills: Claire, I admire your idealism, but we both exploited these animals; at least I have the integrity to admit it. Claire: I never, ever, did anything even REMOTELY illegal! Mills: You authorized the creation of the Indominus rex. You exploited a living creature, in a cage, for money. How is that different? Huh? And you; the man who proved raptors can follow orders… you never thought about the applications of your research, Owen? How many millions a trained predator might be worth? You two, you're the parents of the new world.
~ Eli addressing himself to Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as he reveals his true nature.
Mills: You two, you deserve each other. [to Maisie] Maisie, come with me. Owen: You got your money, now walk away. Mills: Oh, what are you gonna do? Huh? Claire: You're gonna stop this, all of it! Mills: HOW? What, are you gonna go back in time before Hammond decided to play God? YOU CAN'T PUT IT BACK IN THE BOX! Claire: We have to try! Mills: It's too late! [to Maisie] Maisie, come!
~ Mills trying to get Maisie to come with him.
Ohhh, so, you're gonna take care of her now? Huh? You have no idea what she is. What do you think drove Hammond and Lockwood apart, huh? Lockwood never had a grandchild. He just wanted his daughter back, and he had the technology. He created another; he made her again.
~ Mills to Owen and Claire, revealing that Maisie was actually cloned from Lockwood's long dead daughter, which also turned out to be his last words.
Eli Mills was the third human villain in the franchise (after Lewis Dodgson and Billy Yoder) who tried to kill another human with his bare hands. However, unlike Yoder, Mills was successful. That makes him the second human in the franchise to succeed at killing another human being, the first being Dodgson. Unfortunately for him, he is shown to be cowardly, weak, and fragile as when Claire grabs his arm, he instantly cries in pain and is unwilling to fight Owen (who can more than handle himself at anything) by himself. Instead of taking them on himself, he often relies on his guards for his protection and to carry his acts, as when confronted or alone, Mills is not much of a true threat to the protagonists and could barely hold his own, making him less threatening than some other villains in the franchise despite his ruthless and cunning nature.
In the novelization of Fallen Kingdom, Mills kills Lockwood with a lethal dose of morphine rather than smothering him with a pillow.
Mills is the only villain in the film franchise so far to kill another human being and the only villain who attempted to kill another human as well. Nedry intended to come back and restore the power and never mentioned wanting someone to die, Ludlow simply wanted bring the park to San Diego and his worst action was his treatment of Hammond and Malcolm, and Hoskins did not release the Indominus rex and fully intended to use the raptors to kill the Indominus rex, and also intended to use the Indoraptor for military purposes against the enemies of the U.S., not to kill innocent people. Mills murdered Lockwood, intended for his men to leave Owen and Claire on the island to die (not to mention he had two men ready to shoot Owen and Claire before the Indoraptor accidentally saved them), and was even willing to kill two of his own men (Hawkes and Reed) if they ever failed him.
Despite his villainous nature, Mills did bring up some valid points, as seen when he calls out Claire for authorizing the creation of the Indominus rex and exploiting her and the other dinosaurs for money, and Owen when he berates him for growing attached to the raptor squad while ignoring the fact they were being trained for military applications. Later on, when he tries to kill Owen and Claire after they ruin the auction, Mills angrily states none of this would be happening if Hammond didn't "play God" when he created the original park. Unfortunately, Mills is the representation of what he claims he isn't.