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In the low tradition of knockoff horror flicks best seen (or not seen) on a drive-in movie screen, Steven Spielberg's sequel toJurassic Parkis a poorly conceived, ill-organized film that lacks story and logic. Screenwriter David Koepp strings along a number of loose ideas while Jeff Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm, the quirky chaos theoretician who now reluctantly agrees to go to another island where cloned dinosaurs are roaming freely. Along with his girlfriend (Julianne Moore) and daughter, Malcolm has to deal with hunters, environmentalists, and corporate swine who stupidly bring back a big dino to Southern California, where it runs amok, of course. Spielberg doesn't seem to care that the pieces of this project don't add up to a real movie, so he hams it up with big, scary moments (with none of the artfulness of those inJurassic Park) and smart-aleck visual gags (a yapping dog in a suburb mysteriously disappears when a hungry T-rex stomps by). A complete bust.--Tom Keogh
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CastJeff Goldblum, Vince Vaughn
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Genre:  Action, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  May 23, 1997
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  October 10, 2000
Runtime:  129 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . December 12, 2008
I really loved the original Jurassic Park. As I wrote in that review, I have the film pretty much memorized line-for-line. But alas, I can't say the same about The Lost World. It's packed with the same action, thrills, special effects, and dinosaurs as the first one, but the acting and plot are just a little crazy for my taste (Speed 2, anyone?).     There were too many things about this movie that just took it beyond a science fiction to, arguably, a near travesty. It had the …
review by . January 02, 2006
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Until "Jurassic Park III" came along, I thought that "The Lost World" had driven the final nail into the "JP" coffin. "The Lost World" had a lot of things going for it, including returning star Jeff Goldblum, up-and-comer(at the time) Vince Vaughn, legend Pete Postlethwaite, solid actress Julianne Moore and wonderful but brief cameos by Richard Attenborough and the kids from the first flick. It also had the coattails of its predecessor almost ensuring a huge profit margin on name alone. It also …
review by . September 10, 2003
Out of all of Steven Spielberg's many films, THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, the sequel to the blockbuster megahit, is for certain the master director's worst. It details a team sent to bring back Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) from a Site B containing more dinosaurs, while another team is sent to capture the dinosaurs and bring them back to L.A. Jeff Goldblum stars as Ian Malcom, the humorous mathematician from the first film, who knows right from wrong - he just can't get anyone to listen to him. …
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