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 September 2013 | AaronCapenBanner
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| Part II.
Steven Spielberg returned to direct this sequel,(loosely) based on the Michael Crichton novel that sees Jeff Goldblum returning as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is enlisted by John Hammond(Richard Attenborough again) to return to Jurassic Park(though on previously unmentioned Site B) to study the dinosaur population, and also to rescue another team, which includes a former flame of his(played by Julianne Moore). He reluctantly agrees, and after locating her, finds to their disgust that the company INGEN has allowed hunting parties to take place, where big-game hunters(led by Pete Postlethwaite) stalk and kill dinosaurs, though the tables would of course be turned...

Good sequel has equally effective F/X and terrifying story, though a few too many characters; the twist toward the end is surprising and entertaining, though some poor editing leaves a big plot hole aboard the discovered freighter...still, a worthy sequel that holds up today.

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Trivia

(at around 1h 25 mins) The waterfall scene shows Sarah getting licked by the female T. Rex. Researchers compared fossilized hyoid bones (a horseshoe-shaped bone that anchors the tongue, and supports the opening into your lungs) with those of crocodiles and birds, the closest living relatives to dinosaurs. The study led to some unexpected outcomes, mainly, that most depictions of dinosaur tongues in popular culture are wrong. For some reason (maybe because Tyrannosaurus translates to "tyrant lizard" in Greek), many drawings show dinosaurs with long, lizard-like tongues. But this new research reveals most actually had tongues similar to crocodiles, flat and rooted to the bottom of the mouth. "The surprising part we found was that most dinosaur hyoid bones are pretty boring", says Julia Clarke, a paleontologist and co-author of the study published this week in PLOS One. "The evidence really argues for simple, limited tongue movement in most dinosaurs." According to Clarke's research, there are many more tales an ancient tongue bone can tell, like the origin of flight. Unlike the stubby, simple hyoid bone seen in dinosaurs like the T. Rex, researchers found a much more complex structure in pterosaurs, bird-like dinosaurs, or "winged lizards". "We wanted to know when this crazy evolvement of tongues from bones happened", Clarke says. "Only after the origin of flight (in vertebrates) do you get these Olympians of the bony tongue movement." Noting the same structure in pterosaurs, researchers say it's likely the evolution of the bony tongue and flying are connected. When arms evolved into wings, flying dinosaurs lost the ability to snatch up prey. Clarke says these advanced tongues could have served as a new means to procure food, a feature also seen in modern day birds. A T. Rex tongue is definitely not comparable to our own puny, pink pokers, but it is similar in its construction, made not of bone, but thick tissue and muscle. Because its hyoid bone is basically two short rods that sit way back in the throat, the tongue was moored to the bottom of the mouth, making it impossible to fling it free like the flexible, bony tongue of a bird. There was one oddity in the study Clarke couldn't explain. Armored dinosaurs, like a stegosaurus or ankylosaurus, also had complex hyoids, even though they were very different animals than winged dinosaurs. Clarke says she's also unsure what purpose the rooted tongue of a T. Rex would have served, but based on observations of crocodiles, which have a similar simple hyoid bone, it had something to do with food. A flat tongue certainly makes sense for a crocodile, which swallows prey whole, a long, bony tongue would probably interfere with that, or maybe the tongue was always meant to be a landing strip for the bright, blue birds that pick leftover meat out of crocs' teeth. Either way, tongues can tell us a lot more than we thought.


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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

(at around 1h 2 mins) When Sarah reaches up over the edge of the cliff to grab the rope, we see that the rope, which is supposedly holding the weight of three people, is clearly slack.


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.


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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, op. 13 'Pathetique'
Written by
Ludwig van Beethoven (as 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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