The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.


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18 April 2006 | Dash_Rendar
8
| Excellent Sequel
Creating a worthy follow-up to a major blockbuster is no easy task. But if all the pieces are in the right place, it is not impossible. Four years after the enormous success of Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg took control of the director's chair once more in an effort to enhance the franchise and add on to his already spectacular legacy. Did he succeed? In the eyes of most critics, no. However, I applaud Mr. Spielberg for an admirable effort and creating another crowd-pleaser, even if it didn't match up to the high expectations.

On another personal note, I was very happy to see Jeff Goldblum reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm as he has always been my favorite character in the series. Since Malcolm is now more aware of the dangers of John Hammond's activities, his personality is less goofy and more serious this time around compared to his previous adventure.

It took several viewings for me to appreciate this film to its fullest. At first, it seemed weak because it sacrificed the philosophical messages that helped make the first film great to fit in more action. The philosophy is found in one of the key quotes by John Hammond. "Life will find a way." There *is* a point to all the chaos because it is all caused by the humans and their relentless desire to interfere with nature. Every tragic event seen in the film could have been avoided with sensibility and that is the message that is echoed throughout the entire series. Don't attempt to control the uncontrollable.

If there's one thing that makes the film worth watching, it has to be the special effects and the dinosaur animatronics. The infant T-Rex featured in this film is so lifelike that I often had to remind myself that it wasn't a real dinosaur. It was *that* convincing.

Also be on the lookout for Vince Vaughn (before he became the mega-star that he is today) as one of Hammond's researchers and a humorous scene involving a T-Rex in the modern world.

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Trivia

It's curious that Roland wishes to hunt the male/buck Tyrannosaurus, when the female is actually larger. This could possibly stem from the fact that Roland is a professional hunter, and in sport hunting, it is the male that is usually prized for its size and adornment. Roland may not have known that it is the female that holds the size.


Quotes

Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: I love you. Thank you so much. Fabulous!
Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: Thank you, Geoffrey.
Geoffrey: You're welcome.
Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: We'll also take a bottle of red, as well. Thank you.
Geoffrey: Certainly.
Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: Right. Now... Oh!
Mr. Paul Bowman: Thank you, Bernard.
Bernard: You're welcome.
Cathy Bowman: Thank you.
Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: Wonderful. Beautiful day.
Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: Sweetie, where are you ...
Cathy Bowman: ...


Goofs

Julianne Moore's character uses an ultrasound scan to check the baby T Rex's leg for a supposed leg fracture but only an X - ray or MRI scan would show this up.


Crazy Credits

David Koepp is listed as the "unlucky bastard" because he was eaten by the T-Rex. Koepp wrote the screenplay.


Alternate Versions

The Fox television network's version (aired on November 1st, 1998) includes two scenes not in the theatrical cut (see Trivia section). The first scene is an InGen meeting between Ludlow and InGen representatives, and takes place in between the opening Compy attack sequence and the Hammond scene. It contains exposition about what aftereffects the events of the first film had on InGen, and how Ludlow is taking over control of the company from Hammond. The second is in between the Hammond scene and the mission-prep scene with Eddie Carr. Set in Mombasa, it introduces Roland Tembo and Ajay Sidhu and makes it clear they have a long history working together. Both deleted scenes are included as special features on the DVD and Blu-ray, but are not integrated into the film.


Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, op. 13 'Pathetique'
Written by
Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Jenõ Jandó (as Jeno Jando)
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

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