I just can’t understand why this third installment of the Jurassic Park series was made? Was there a point to it? It seems more of an installment specifically designed to rip your money off, but in certain ways it isn’t. Still, this 3rd movie was unnecessary.The skinny: Alan Grant is still looking for dinosaur bones, and babysitting Ellie Sattler’s kid (yeah, they didn’t marry, can you believe it? Grant dumping a hottie like Ellie? Man) Then in a press conference, he says that he’ll never go back to any of the islands in Costa Rica, either Isla Nublar or Isla Sorna (where he never has been) with all the money in the world. Enter married couple (or so it was) Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Tea Leoni) who supposedly are a bunch of rich fucks that want to fly through Isla Sorna, as a honeymoon present, and they offer him money to take him with him. What did Grant say before? No money would take him to that island, but hey, his pale ontological expedition is running tight on budget, guess what happens next?
"Was it necessary?"
But hey, it looks like the Kirby’s are not a bunch of rich fucks after all; they’re a bunch of poor fucks because their dumbass kid was sight sailing with his friends nearby the island. The friends get killed and for the look of it he survived, now 2 months later the parents are finally looking for him. Soon the plane in which they’re flying gets show down by a dinosaur, a BIG dinosaur, known as the Spinosaurus (note to dinosaur fans: that one is made up). The spinosaurus nearly eats them and their plane, but they manage to get by and go ahead and look for the brat, and the beach to be rescued.
There’s no point in me going on, you know what’s going to happen next, the kid will be found, and they’re going to be rescued, not before they get some big time close calls with the spinosaurus and the ever exciting but nowadays boring Velociraptors. The movie has formula written all over it, and I just wonder when are people going to accept that the formula for Jurassic Park is already ancient history? One has to be creative, come up with new stuff and move on, because with all this formulaic bullshit, there’s nothing to do but to just sigh and try to have fun by second-guessing the movie, which is no fun at all. The thing that manages to save the film from being a formulaic piece of shit is impressively, the dinosaurs, a couple of endless action sequences, and a few tight performances from the cast. The new thing about the Velociraptors was pretty clever, and the Spinosaurus also had some good moments. I must say that I didn’t enjoy the Spinosaurus a lot, due to the fact that he’s a fake dinosaur, but I guess it was necessary since I wouldn’t have tolerated another T-Rex (who makes a cameo appearance here) chasing our heroes around, I’d rather shoot myself.In the end, if dinosaurs and only dinosaurs is your thing, well watch this movie. If dinosaurs and good films are your thing, I can’t recommend you to see it. This is more a hit and miss film, mostly miss and it’s apparent since there’s no creativity, and no Steven Spielberg directing. If I were you, I’d stick with the original. (2.5-5)
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originally posted: 06/23/02 12:59:40