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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
No, Michael Crichton did not write a book before this movie was made, and it shows.
This movie was all about action, and there wasn't much science stuff involved. The story is pretty simple, and there were some wacky part in this movie.
The raptors were radically changed; now they have feathers pointing out of their heads, there heads were a bit longer, and...
Published on Aug. 3 2005 by RICK

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1.0 out of 5 stars Who green-lighted this disaster???!!!
Much could've been said about the dire results of really weak sequels to excellent originals and unfortunately, this third "Jurassic Park" movie is one of the most glaring examples of the lessons that moviemakers never seem to learn. This third entry completely ruins the legacy of the original and even the somewhat cheesy "Lost World" was entire miles above this...
Published on April 16 2004 by Distant Voyageur

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1.0 out of 5 stars Who green-lighted this disaster???!!!, April 16 2004
This review is from: Jurassic Park III (Full Screen Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) (DVD)
Much could've been said about the dire results of really weak sequels to excellent originals and unfortunately, this third "Jurassic Park" movie is one of the most glaring examples of the lessons that moviemakers never seem to learn. This third entry completely ruins the legacy of the original and even the somewhat cheesy "Lost World" was entire miles above this garbage!
Almost everything that could've gone wrong on a sequel goes disasterously wrong on JP3. The movie starts when the dinosaurs are back on their island in the Pacific Ocean a hundred miles west of Costa Rica and are thriving on that island and humanity is safe from them. However, a pair of skydiving parachuters are lost and stranded on the island and one loses his life but the other is alive and on the island in danger of being killed by the veloceraptors and a team of scientists are sent in to find and rescue the young boy before it's too late.
Everything from there just dissolves in lousy dialogue and weak acting by the entire cast. Even before then, the whole story plot wouldn't have a chance of going anywhere even if the acting were good because the writers who wrote the script really dropped the ball with this p&*s-poor excuse for a movie. Joe Johnston's directing, which tries to match what Stephen Spielberg does, completely falls flat on it's face and the directing is very weak and it sinks an already bad movie. He would however bounce back with "Hidalgo" three years later.
The acting by the entire cast is just awful. The characters in the first JP movie were really excellent and funny and showed a lot of personality, whether it's fun and thrill of seeing real-life dinosaurs on a tourist attraction, or terrorized when the carnivorous raptors rampage on the island endangering the lives of the tourists. On "Jurassic Park III", the characters come off as whiny and absolutely Styrofoam-like in personality, looking more like annoyed or drunk than terrified. Sam Neill who was awesome in the first one showed a lot of the feeling that he was simply ready to leave the set and I can't really blame him.
The plot is unbelievably formulaic and it already kills this movie before it even has a chance of going anywhere. In a lot of ways, I would say that this felt like a really large hodgepodge of deleted scenes from the previous two JP movies and the script almost felt like someone foolish numbskull just took it out of the trash can before the garbage men could take away which they should have.
The first two movies benifitted from the right length of two and a half hours and allowed enough time for the fun, action, and development in the characters to show. This third movie however runs at a ridiculously short 89 minutes and it felt more like as if I were about to start taking the first bite of popcorn upon the movie starting and then as I got a second batch of popcorn, WHAM! The movie was over and I was like "What the hell was that all about?". That's what this movie was like for me. I felt incredibly ripped off and wondered why they ever released this to theatres and not straight to video.
In all honesty, while I'm not trying to knock on the second movie, they should never have made a sequel to the 1993 original because it had a special and absolutely breathtakingly original style and they should've kept it that way. The 1997 sequel "Lost World" was alright in my opinion but felt a bit thrown together but this 2001 third entry destroys the power that the first movie showed and they totally ruined a great legacy with this cruel joke of a movie. I simply don't understand why this movie gets any favorable reviews.
The extras on here are on the ho-hum side for me but it's mostly because I don't even care anymore with such a lousy and disasterous movie and ultimately, There is nothing that a "Collector's Edition" could rescue this film from the junk pile! This movie is not only boring but also incredibly stupid! I don't know if there will be a fourth Jurassic Park movie but if it is, I fear that it will do more in turning this once great franchise into a big epic joke and drive it further into the realm of cinematic oblivion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ROAR!!!, Sept. 25 2007
When Erik Kirby goes missing on Isla Sorna (InGen's Site B), his parents, Paul and Amanda, hire Dr. Alan Grant under the pretense of a "tour" in order to find him.

The plane crashes and Alan finds himself back in the same situation he's been trying so hard to forget: being trapped in Jurassic Park.

Sam Neill as Alan Grant is one of my favorite performances ever. There's such an air of seriousness and intensity that Sam brings to the role every time. He can be funny, sure, but his character presentation commands a respect from his fellow actors that you don't see that often in film.

William H. Macy, another favorite of mine, plays Paul Kirby, the bumbling yet-trying-to-be-cool dad. Terrific. He was serious, clumsy, just fantastic. Every film Macy's in has never let me down and this movie delivers a wonderful Macy performance. There's something about the pacing of his line delivery that gets to me, too. It's a guy who's insecure but tries his best to put a confident spin on things no matter what.

The dinosaurs, as always, look real. They're huge, they're scary, they're loud. The only problem with these Jurassic sequels is the dinosaurs aren't new and terrifying anymore. They were in the first movie, not so much now. However, there are a few dino attacks in Jurassic Park 3 that weren't in the others, making the viewing of this film worthwhile.

Michael Jeter (The Green Mile), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), John Diehl (Pearl Harbor) and Téa Leoni (A League of Their Own) also star.

Language warning: Cursing and blasphemy
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tired...and sedating, Feb. 16 2004
Crystal (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
Formulaic...insultingly so. Tea Leoni as Woman in Peril, Sam Niell as reluctant hero, Alessandro Nivola as cocky protege, William H Macy is written forgettably, and Trevor Morgan falls into place as resourceful, Spunky Kid in need of rescue. The dinosaurs are either properly villainous, or an appropriate source of harmless comic relief.
Suffice it to say: a tired rehashing of gimmicky plot twists (We're stuck on the island! Raptors are back! Raptors are smarter than we thought! So-and-so is stuck in a cage, with a raptor bearing down! There's no way they could escape this tyrannosaurus! Wait, here comes another dinosaur to distract it! They'll fight and we'll escape! )
I'll save you the suspense: they didn't skimp, they gave you a "digging through a 4-foot, steaming pile of fecal matter" scene, audible slurping and squishing sounds and all. Whoever decides to do a fourth installment should save some time and money and just write it as a romantic comedy with Sam Niell and Laura Dern's characters engaged in some wacky paleontological adventures, complete with comedic sexual tension and requisite end-of-movie wrap-up kiss. Jurassic Park III is not worth seeing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good., Aug. 3 2005
No, Michael Crichton did not write a book before this movie was made, and it shows.
This movie was all about action, and there wasn't much science stuff involved. The story is pretty simple, and there were some wacky part in this movie.
The raptors were radically changed; now they have feathers pointing out of their heads, there heads were a bit longer, and some part of them near their heads is PURPLE AND BLUE. I AM NOT JOKING. It looks dumb, and takes away from the movie. When I saw it, I'm just like, "What the crap is that??" Weird.
Another thing, the second movie was on Isla Sorna, and there was no sightings or mention of a Spinosaurus. Don't get me wrong, the Spinosaurus is my fave dinosaur in the JP series. That just seemed weird.
All in all, a great movie. A ton of fun, and it rocks. Buy the whole JP series, trust me, you'll like every single one!!!!
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This review is from: Jurassic Park III (Full Screen Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) (DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars JURASSIC PARK III [2001] [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] [US Import], Jan. 13 2015
Andrew C. Miller - See all my reviews
JURASSIC PARK III [2001] [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] [US Import] Unleash The Adventure Of Jurassic Park!

Return to the action-packed world of prehistoric dinosaurs in `Jurassic Park III' where man is up against dangerous predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Adventure runs wild when renowned palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant [Sam Neill] agrees to accompany a wealthy couple [William H. Macy and Téa Leoni] on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, off of Central America's Pacific coast, the island featured in the second film, the former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. After they are terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Alan Grant soon discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this visually stunning blockbuster features all-new dinosaurs and special effects that you need to see to believe and they are Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Compsognathus, Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor.

Cast: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Michael Jeter, John Diehl, Bruce A. Young, Laura Dern, Taylor Nichols, Mark Harelik, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Blake Michael Bryan, Sarah Danielle Madison and Linda Park

Director: Joe Johnston

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Larry Franco

Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Peter Buchmanand Jim Taylor

Composers: Don Davis and John Williams (original themes)

Cinematography: Shelly Johnson

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 DTS, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 5.1 DTS 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Running Time: 186 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Universal Studios

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: `Jurassic Park' came and went and banked a billion dollars. When `The Lost World' did almost the same, a Third film was inevitable and so the unimaginatively titled `Jurassic Park III' was born into existence.

When a young boy is left marooned on the island of Isla Sorna, his parents Paul and Amanda Kirby [William H. Macy and Tea Leoni] trick Dr. Alan Grant [Sam Neill] into flying with them over the island to help find their son. But when the plane crashes and they are left stranded, it's every man for himself. This time there's no fences, no weapons and absolutely no protection and ensuring this won't be a normal walk through the park.

`Jurassic Park III' entered production without a completed script and whilst Director Joe Johnston does the best with what he has, it's reasonably obvious that production was difficult. Barring the lengthy end credits, the film comes in at a scant 80 minutes and very short for a modern day film. Still, this is completely about the dinosaur action scenes, of which there are probably more than the first and second films combined. It also marks one of the last large projects for the Stan Winston's animatronics studio, who have become a victim of the fast growth of CGI animation. Stan Winston himself died a few short years later.

`Jurassic Park III' isn't terrible, but as the third entry to a much loved film franchise series with a sizeable fan base. Compounding this is the troublesome ending that materialises, rather than coming to a natural conclusion. I just hope that Universal Pictures can make Jurassic Park IV happen, if only to give the series the conclusion it deserves, but I doubt this will ever happen, as too many years have passed us by.

Blu-ray Video Quality - `Jurassic Park III' is presented in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (its original aspect ratio), and a 1080p encoded image. Again, it's fairly obvious that Universal have used an off-the-shelf transfer for `Jurassic Park III,' but its relatively young age makes this the stand out of all of the trilogies, so it isn't all bad.

The transfer is very sharp and offers a pleasing amount of fine detail. The upgraded texture maps on the computer generated dinosaurs, especially the new-look raptors and the Spinosaurus look very realistic and convincing. However, it's very easy to tell the CGI and animatronic creations apart.

`Jurassic Park III' was released in 2001 when film colour grading was starting to get increasingly popular and the film looks strangely dark because of it and almost like the entire film was run through a neutral density filter one shade too dark. It's always looked this way, so this is not a fault of the transfer, but in comparison to the other films, it just looks weird. I noticed a handful of small, but relatively unobtrusive film artefacts, but certainly no film-to-video issues. Overall, this is a pretty decent transfer, just hampered by some of the original production methods.

Blu-ray Audio Quality - The main audio track is encoded with 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio. Just like the Blu-ray of the original, the audio track is the stand out performer, which represents a significant (and I mean significant) upgrade from the 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the inferior DVD. Again, the audio has been extrapolated into a 7.1 experience, using a variety of techniques. This is by far the most aggressive of all the Jurassic Park audio mixes, and the films emphasis on action certainly allows this to come to life.

I never thought I'd say it, but the .1 low frequency effects are a little 'too hot' and overly aggressive. Take for example the T-Rex vs. Spinosaur fight early on in the film. Almost all the low frequency is diverted to the subwoofer channel and hardly any is given to the full range channels. So, if you don't have a subwoofer, or have it turned off, it sounds like they are tip-toing. I don't believe this is film mixing as it should be. The .1 channel should be to support the films bass, not provide it solely.

Unfortunately, John Williams bowed out of composer duties for the third entry, being replaced by Don Davis, who was at the time hot off The Matrix. Davis uses the irreplaceable Williams' cues and main theme, but his original work is mostly pedestrian. Overall, an extremely pleasing and definitely awesome inspiring audio track.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team: The conversation features the special F/X team Stan Winston, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Michael Lantieri, providing an enjoyably detailed technical look at the film. Granted, the men focus their attention primarily on the animatronics and digital effects, but it's also precisely what makes it such a fascinating listen. Understandably, their exchange is scene specific, but they fill in the gaps with recollections on the production and thoughts on where practical effects now stand in modern visuals. For fans, the commentary track is informative and very interesting.

Return to Jurassic Park: The Third Adventure [1080p] [25:00] The final instalment to the six-part documentary features certain members of the cast and crew reminiscing about the production and working with director Joe Johnston. Viewers can enjoy lots of good BTS footage while everyone talks about practical effects, set design, shooting on location as well as in a soundstage and the choice of the Spinosaurus as the new villain. Really interesting stuff, especially if you're a fan of the film.

Original Documentary: The Making of Jurassic Park III [22:43] Laurent Bouzereau's 2001 documentary includes on-set interviews with the cast and production team as the third film was being made.

Original Documentary: The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III [7:52] Another Laurent Bouzereau featurette from 2001, this one focuses on the new dinosaurs featured in the third film, including the giant Spinosaur and the flying Pteranodons.

Original Documentary: The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III [10:31] Laurent Bouzereau piece focuses on the special effects employed to bring the various dinosaurs to life on set.

Original Documentary: The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel [10:14] This is exactly what it sounds like - a press reel showing the work done by ILM for `Jurassic Park III,' including dissections of how the various shots were put together.

Original Documentary: The Sounds of Jurassic Park III [13:35] This time Laurent Bouzereau piece focuses on the work of Christopher Boyes, who took on the job of creating the various dinosaur sounds in the footsteps of Gary Rydstrom's great work on the first two films.

Original Documentary: The Art of Jurassic Park III [7:55] This particular Laurent Bouzereau piece focuses on the design work of Ed Verraux, who took over the art department for the third film.

Original Documentary: Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs [4:21] This documentary is mostly an interview with palaeontologist Jack Horner (the real-life basis for the character of Alan Grant in the films). Horner describes the work his team does as we see video footage of their then-current dig. As Jack Horner points out, the real work on understanding dinosaurs isn't happening in a gene lab, but instead out in the field, where the fossils can be found.

Behind The Scenes:

Tour of the Stan Winston Studio [3:14] This is a very quick look at the work that goes on at the Stan Winston Studio, where the large mechanical dinosaur puppets were created for these movies.

Spinosaurus Attacks The Plane [1:48] This is a compilation of film footage and on-set video covering the early Spinosaur attack in the movie.

Raptors Attack Udesky [0:59] This is a compilation of film footage and on-set footage covering the fate of Michael Jeter's [mercenary] character, including an interesting shot of the puppeteer literally walking in the feet of the velociraptor doing the main attack.

The Lake [1:38] This is a compilation of film footage and on-set video of an underwater attack by the Spinosaur on the hero boat.

A Visit to Industrial Light & Magic: This is really a whole section in its own right. It's a comprehensive overview of the work ILM did to bring the dinosaurs to life. This subsection is itself divided into the following parts:

Concepts [480i] Here we have concept materials for "The Spinosaurus," "The Pteranodons" and "The Raptors" (for the redesign work done for the third film). An introduction begins this section. These can be viewed individually or through a "Play All" function.

The Process [480i] Again starting with an introduction, this shows various stages of the creation of various elements and shots. "Models" includes an Interview with an ILM CGI worker who shows the various stages of a CGI dinosaur model, including wireframe and muscled versions. There is a second option, to simply view the model in close up as he describes the differences between versions. "T-Rex vs. Spinosaurus" includes an interview about the creation of the scene, a production plate showing the live action without CGI, and a look at the final shot as seen in the film. "Pteranodon Air Attack" includes an interview about the scene, an animatic of the shot, and then the final shot of Allesandro Nivola meeting a Pteranodon the wrong way. "Raptors: Returning the Egg" includes an interview, a production plate of the scene without CGI, and then the final shot adding CGI raptors to a shot that already had a puppet raptor to one side. All of this can be viewed individually or via a "Play All" function.

Muscle Simulation [480i] Beginning with an introduction, this section focuses on the addition of simulated muscles to the wireframes and models of dinosaurs, thus making their movements more lifelike. The introduction is followed by a demonstration of the technique. Each part of the section can be viewed individually or via a "Play All" function.

Compositing [480i] The final subsection here covers the work of combining a finished CGI element with live action to make it appear that the CGI creature is actually in the room with the characters. A definition is provided, followed by a demonstration. Each part of this section can be viewed individually or via a "Play All" function.

Dinosaur Turntables [6:23] This is a collection of rotating views of the various dinosaurs seen in the film: "Corythosaurus," "Parasaurolophus," "Brachiosaurus," "Velociraptor (Male)," "Ankylosaurus" (not the Crichton variety), "Stegosaurus," "Triceratops," "Pteranodon (Baby and Adult)," "Compsognathus," "Billy Brennan" (a model of Allesandro Nivola for his maiden flight shot) and "Spinosaurus." These can each be viewed on their own or via a "Play All" function.

Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison [6:08] Three storyboard assemblies are presented here, each time in combination with the actual film footage of that part of the relevant sequence. The three pieces are "The Lab", "The Aviary" and "The Boat Attack". Each can be viewed individually or via a "Play All" function.

Production Photographs [2:50] This is a series of photographs taken during the production of the film.

Theatrical Trailer [1:16] The film's Original Theatrical Trailer is carried over from the earlier DVD.

BD-Live: The more general BD-Live screen is accessible via the menu, which makes various online materials available, including tickers, trailers and special events.

My Scenes: The usual bookmarking feature is included here.

D-BOX: D-Box functionality is available for those home theatre enthusiasts who have the proper equipment.

Finally, `Jurassic Park III' is not quite as good as the first but on the whole a lot better than `Jurassic Park 2.' It's also the first film in the series that is not based on a novel by Michael Crichton. That's basically `Jurassic Park III' in a nutshell. It's not necessarily a great film, but it sure has its moments, nor does it break any new grounds of adventure or take many risks, but it does take advantage of all the creative ideas. You will not hear anyone in the audience complain that the movie isn't inventive, because these writers, Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor, really have an imagination. It's great to see Sam Neill return as Dr. Alan Grant and same goes for Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler (although here role is pretty small but yet important) Alessandro Nivola is a great addition to the cast as Billy Brennan. The other characters are more for the comedy elements which works pretty well. So my conclusion: An entertaining film that is good for a few laughs and a good action packed film with some nice scene's and better than ever special effects for the dinosaurs and now it is complete, that I now have the Jurassic Park Trilogy and now I am a happy bunny and so good to add this final film to my Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradios
WARE, United Kingdom
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3.0 out of 5 stars Newer Dinos Means A Fresh Film, June 30 2004
Being a lifelong Dinosaur fan, I had to check out JP///. The trailers were making the movie seem really big and fresh with bringing Spinosaurus in to replace Tyrannosaurus as the starring role as super-predator in the JP series. The film moves at a pretty fast rate which can be good and bad. The Dinosaurs in the film are more believable now that the CGI programmers had the ability to make the Dinos' skin wobble when they moved and to have other parts of their body be in sync with the rest of their body.
The characters really don't have much development in the film which is okay considering you came to see Dinosaurs. But there is just enough character development for the moviegoer to understand each character.
My only gripes are with the film that it just seemed like the Dino action seemed to go downhill as the movie progressed. It starts off very well with the Spinosaurus attacking the plane and then eventually battling Tyrannosaurus (which I was hoping wouldn't show up until the final minutes of the film, giving it a climatic ending). After that, the Dinos seemed kinda sparse and the action shorter and shorter. The raptors also kinda got old. Like with T-rex, the filmmakers should have replaced the raptors with other Dinos. Maybe Baryonyxs? Also some science is forgotten in this film. But they had Jack Horner as their Dino supervisor, so it was a given some wrenches would be thrown in the mix. Also, the film seemed really short. With some newer dinos added to the screen that have never been seen before, I was hoping that they would have some pretty nifty Dinosaur battle sequences and Dinosaur-human encounters.
All in all, while JP/// was, somewhat, of a letdown for me, it still provided the goods for the most part.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming Qualities, June 26 2004
Lonnie E. Holder "The Review's the Thing" (Columbus, Indiana, United States) - See all my reviews
Yes, this movie does have some plot holes, and it is not as good as the first movie in the series, but this movie is definitely better than "The Lost World." Somewhat formulaic at this point, but still a decent movie with a simpler and more plausible plot line than the previous movie.
A couple's son is parasailing off the back of a boat off Isla Sorna when something unseen happens to the people driving the boat. The boy's parents, Paul Kirby (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), enlist Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to help get the boy back. However, they have to trick Dr. Malcolm into returning to the island, because he, rightfully, thinks being on that island is a very bad idea.
As it turns out, landing a plane on the island was a very bad idea, and now the erstwhile rescuers are running for their lives. Along the way they find Erik Kirby (Trevor Morgan), and the only remaining task is to escape from the island.
Several new dinosaurs are introduced in this movie, including really cool pteranodons and a spinosaurus. The pteranodons act like giant birds, and are appropriately scary. The spinosaurus shows that the tyrannosaurus was not the king of the world. The encounters with the dinosaurs recall the thrills of the first movie in this series and are interesting and enjoyable.
There are a few plot holes in this movie, but fewer than in the previous movie. By keeping the plot simple and having fewer characters with a simpler motivation the movie avoids the incongruities of the previous movie. This movie was more creative and intriguing and favored adrenaline over depth, as in the first movie. The shorter length of the movie also minimizes opportunities to overly analyze the plot, keeping the focus on the action. A sequel not quite as good as the original, but superior to its predecessor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ive seen the film, but found it had flaws, May 7 2004
B. Souter (canberra, ACT Australia) - See all my reviews
I've seen the third film of the Jurassic park series. But ive noticed some troubles with it. Particularly the plot contrivances.
Most notably, the opening sequence where the crew on the boat are killed by we-know-not-what. I expected a scene near the end that would show the audience what killed the men. It never occurred. Unless we are to assume it was the fin-backed dinosaur.
The plot is as contrived as the first film, with the hangliding episode a means to get the people onto the island, so we can see their numbers depleted by voracious dinosaurs that one is amazed any sensible scientists would have created in the first place.
I found the adventurous couple annoying. I almost wanted that woman with the megaphone mouth to be eaten alive.
It was amazing given the noise they made and the great number of raptors that the whole crew wasnt wiped out.
The film made a feeble effort at providing a theme: man playing god; but since the film was only an excuse for an adventure where men are pitted against dinosaurs, for the tittaliation of the audience (like ancient rome, if nobody was killed and eaten the audience would want its money back)the theme of the dangers of playing god seems hypocritical.
On the plus side: the effects were very good, and we finally get to see some pterodactyls; the thrill is continuous and we have the pleasure of seeing men eaten alive. But is that fin-backed 'super predator' real?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Insulting, Feb. 19 2004
Robert Graves (Kennebunkport, ME) - See all my reviews
"Computer geeks playing with their toys" would be a good way to describe the plot of this film. In this age of rampant technology we're seeing more and more movies being made based upon the technology available. Plot is an afterthought - the focus is in finding ways to exploit new computer graphics.
The fact is, there was no reason for this film to be made. There is nothing in it that cannot be found in one of the first two films. I mean this literally, for in some cases actual "plot" lines were borrowed. The worst part about this film may be that its one redeeming quality - the effects - were actually poorer than the original which came out in '93.
The ridiculous unrealism that crept into "The Lost World" runs rampant in JP3, providing us with memorable scenes such as a cell phone's ring being heard through a giant dinosaur's body (he swallowed it), raptor's speaking to each other, Grant learning their language and communicating with them (why yes, I speak Raptonian...), and a kid who in a few weeks alone on the island has become a dinosaur and survival expert.
There is no reason whatsoever I can give to you to go see this film, especially if you've seen the first two. But, if JP4 comes out, maybe they'll give the raptors subtitles. I'd pay to see that.
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