Jurassic Park was a great movie, and one of the biggest hits of 1993, and in my point of view, the film was an open-shut deal, nothing else to talk about. Then The Lost World came out, so I thought to myself, what is there else to discuss? Then, later I bought the film, along with Jurassic Park, and watched it. Sure, it shows you more dinosaurs and shit (or at least it tries to), but what’s the story? I left the TV screen wondering why all the mess, and questioning the plot. I just don’t understand.Lets see, four years after the disaster of Jurassic Park in Isla Nublar, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is called by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), who has lost his control over his company InGen, to tell him about the existence of Isla Sorna, another island called “Site B” where they “raise” the newly born dinosaurs, until they’re old enough to be sent to the other island. So Hammond asks Ian to join an expedition team which consist of Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn), Eddie Carr (Richard Shiff), and finally a paleontologist, Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) –who went to the island before the other three–, and happens to be Ian’s girlfriend, so he decides to go too, but to rescue her. So they go, and accidentally they take also Ian’s daughter Kelly (Vanessa Lee Chester) for the ride. But soon after they arrive, another team from InGen arrives but with a different agenda, because this team, headed by Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard), and bounty hunter Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite), is taking the dinosaurs out of their habitat to take them to San Diego, to a new Jurassic Park. This is the reason of why Hammond sent the research team, because he wanted to catalog the entire dinosaur wildlife of the island, so this would be prevented and let the animals be in their own world. So that’s where the adventure begins, as both teams try to survive The Lost World.
"Lost the flavor of the original"
The plot sounds familiar, like taking endangered animals to a zoo. There’s nothing wrong about that, but what is wrong about the film is that it tries to bring you suspense with stuff that you’ve already seen in the first one, so it’s not that surprising the second time around. The effects were not as good as the other one, I mean you could easily tell that most of the dinosaurs were fake, so that even takes off more of the fun, and even more the film kind of drags along through the action scenes, and the supposedly many dinosaurs it shows are only shown a few times, but the film only shows what we’ve seen in the other one, the T-rex and the velociraptor. C’mon that’s boring, can they come up with some other carnivores? Like the Allosaurus or other dinosaurs? Sure there’s those little ones but even those are hardly surprising. Because one really gets tired with the action scenes between the T-rex and the Velociraptor, since they get boring after a while, don’t you think? On a side note, one interesting thing that I noticed though, is that the Golden Raspberries nominated the scene when the T-rex begins to rumble through the city, in what we can call, “Jurassic Park meets Godzilla,” for an award for “Worst Reckless Disregard for human life and public property.” In my opinion that was the worst and most ridiculous award that I’ve ever heard, because think for a minute, what would happen if a T-rex were on the loose in the city? For me that scene made perfect sense in the movie and in simulation of "real life" situations, and I thought personally that the Golden Raspberries really got themselves off with that bullshit.
The performances are okay this time, though I wish that they added more stuff for the character of Ian Malcolm, and that Jeff Goldblum would make a little more effort to act better, since his performance was a little above average. The rest of the cast performed also okay.In the end, I must say that if you want to rent this movie, go ahead. Sure it will bring lots of action but it has lost the flavor of the original, it’s not the same thing, and in most cases you’ll end up disappointed like me. But if you’re just a real fanatic of dinosaurs, well, I guess this movie’s for you, along with the first Jurassic Park.
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originally posted: 04/22/01 13:44:40