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 had one of the best directors of the modern age, Steven Spielberg, and the SFX crew from the original film.
Unfortunately, all of these ingredients just didn't add up for "The Lost World." It's rather boring, in fact. Goldblum still has that annoyingly cool aura about his character, but he can't carry a film on his own without Sam Neill and Laura Dern to support him. Spielberg seems to be too caught up in the brilliance of the CGI effects to worry much about plot development. There were just too many characters and, yes, too many dinosaurs early on to really interest anyone in a film that runs at just a tad over two hours long.
The best character in this film, in my opinion, is Pete Postlethwaite's Roland Tembo. His character develops more than any other in the flick, and he's actually a likeable guy by the time the flick's over. Moore and Vaughn don't have much to work with. In fact, I ended up hating Vaughn's tree-hugging, seal-lovin' character. If you aren't aware of groups such as the one Vaughn's character represents, then you don't know just how scary and outright idiotic some of these groups can be. They'll sacrifice themselves and the rest of humanity to save one little creature. In fact, many of these groups have done more damage by destroying private property than actually helping animals. Anyway, enough of my soapbox, Vaughn just got on my nerves after awhile.
Spielberg tried to cram way too much into this film. While watching the film we get bio-terrorism, poacher-esque squads out to capture a prize, greedy stockholders(aren't they all), and overly eager paleontologists. Throw all of that into a film that jumps from Isla Sorna to San Diego, CA, cuts loose a T-Rex on said California town, manages to jam a family argument or two between the lead actor and his daughter and billions of extras that fill the bill as dino-food and you get too much information and not enough explanation.
The special effects are excellent, as expected. John Williams does a wonderful job with the spectacle he's given by managing to build a little suspense with his music despite the lack of suspense in the film.
So why did I give it three stars? It gets two stars for the music and special effects, and Peter Postlethwaite deserves his own star here. The rest of this film is just too flimsy to deserve more than three stars.
Sadly, this is a pretty bad film. I hoped that it would be so much more. Instead of being the suspenseful horror tale that the original film was or even the fun action yarn that "JPIII" was, we are given a morality tale with mixed morals. Not worthy of multiple viewings, and only worth owning for idiot completionists such as myself.
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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