Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Composer: John Williams

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester,  Peter Stormare, Harvey Jason, Richard Schiff, Thomas F. Duffy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Something has survived

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

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I didn't like it when I saw it opening weekend, I didn't like it twelve years ago on DVD and I don't like it now.  I'm through with this one.  It's a weak script which gives us a lot of the same types of situations that were found in the first one.  There are more dinosaurs this time which isn't a bad thing.  There's also more killing which isn't a bad thing.  The one sequence I really dug the first two times has lost its affect and that's when the parents of the baby T-Rex come to collect their kid only it's in the camper hospital thingy.  I used to think it was the most effective scene in the picture but now the threads are showing and the setups for the various perils are obvious.  Spielberg's greatness as a director had lapsed.  It's hard to believe he made this.  It's just a weak story that goes on far too long.  By the time the dinosaurs get loose in San Diego I didn't care anymore.  There are several films I disliked the first time only to revisit them many years later and fall in love with them.  It happens but it's more common that it wasn't just me then and that a disappointing film will remain a disappointing film.  As soon as I muster up the whatever it takes I'll tackle the third film for the third and final time.  It's no wonder that I can't be even the slightest bit excited about the recently announced JURASSIC WORLD (2015).

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