"Jurassic Park III" saves the "Jurassic Park" series from sinking into the bloated "Great movie followed by wretched sequel" genre. "The Lost World" was such a bad film that I waited for this particular sequel to hit the DVD shelves and satellite TV before watching it. It strays a little from the original film's formula by dropping the bulk of the suspense and horror as well as running time and dives right into the action sequences with those ever-wonderful lookin' dinosaurs.
In this particular film we are reacquainted with Sam Neill's stellar character, Dr. Grant. He's conned into going on a "fly over" of island B that we saw in "The Lost World" with William H. Macy and Tea Leoni. Their true intentions are to find Leoni's boyfriend (she has had a falling out with Macy, her ex-husband) and her and Macy's son. Both were lost on a parasailing trip a few weeks earlier.
Once Dr. Grant realizes what is going on, he at first refuses to help them but eventually gives in. His assistant happens to pick up a raptor egg in hopes of cashing in later. Big mistake. What results is everybody's favorite intelligent predators making short work of the search party as they run wildly in an attempt to escape.
We are introduced to pteranodons and a spinosaur. We also get to catch up with the ol' T-Rex as well. All of the dinosaurs look wonderful in this film. The action is very fast-paced and very loud. Macy and Neill are probably the two best parts of this film as both seem to be enjoying their time on the screen. Laura Dern pops in for a few seconds in order to reprise her role from the original film and call in a favor for Dr. Grant.
The scenery is captivating at times and is just as beautiful as it was in the first two "JP" flicks. There seems to be a lot more humor in this film and, as stated before, emphasis is put on action and explosions instead of suspense.
I recommend this film as a definite purchase if you enjoyed the original "JP" film. It has a wonderful cast, including the supporting characters, and it is still fun to see the T-Rex and the raptors do their worst onscreen.
Pros: Great Fx and some good chills. Cons: Weak story nothing to new. The Bottom Line: Not to bad. Nothing to original but lots of good FX and it is fun in places. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. When the first two films in a series generate over $500 Million in box office receipts and countless dollars in toy and merchandise sales, it is a safe bet that the studio will do whatever it … more
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Paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) has sworn never to return to Jurassic Park. But he needs funding for his research, so when a wealthy thrill-seeking couple (William H. Macy and T?a Leoni) come calling, Grant and his prot?g?e, Billy (Alessandro Nivola), agree to take them on a sightseeing flight. By the time Grant finds out what their true purpose is--to land on the island and search for their missing son--all of their lives are in peril. And Grant's newfound theory about Raptor intelligence will have its deadly proof.
Joe Johnston was the right director to take over Steven Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK series. He's experienced with special effects, having worked on the STAR WARS films, while his OCTOBER SKY demonstrates his skill at telling an emotionally involving tale. In JURASSIC PARK 3, with the help of a top-notch technical team and a talented cast (who began filming before the script was finished, improvising much of their dialogue), and a new dinosaur, Spinosaurus, that makes even T-Re...