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Jurassic Park III 2001

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island...

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I still stand as the first one was the best. Second one was so so. However this one wasn't needed.
I really did like this movie but it wasn't the best as it could've been. Hopefully everything is set for # 4.
Not seeing any of the other Jurassic Park movies, this one surprised me. This movie was really good, thrilling and adventurous.

9/10
The good news is that, despite the absence of Steven Spielberg behind the camera, Jurassic Park III is about as entertaining and inventive as Spielberg's 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The bad news is that that film wasn't particularly entertaining or inventive, and neither is this one. Considering that The Lost World: Jurassic Park already seemed stale, it would be quite unreasonable to expect anything new to be offered by Jurassic Park III, which is nothing more than another film that strings together sequences of dinosaur attacks. The sad reality is that we have seen pretty much all there is to see when it comes to the world of Jurassic Park, and even Spielberg's 1993 film, while supremely entertaining and majestic, suffered from a lack of imagination concerning how to treat the wonder of dinosaurs. Jurassic Park III is just as content to let the dinos be nothing more than monsters who attack cardboard human characters, but unfortunately, director Joe Johnston doesn't have as much of a sense of pacing as Spielberg. The plot concerns a wealthy couple (played by William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) who ask Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to join them on an expedition to yet another research lab that was breeding dinosaurs (how many more of these "forgotten" labs will pop up in subsequent sequels?). However, the wealthy couple has an ulterior motive...they are trying to find their 14 year-old son, who is lost on the island. The plot of the film is not very important, considering that the screenwriters would happily come up with any excuse to fill another film with scenes of dinosaurs jumping out of corners to frighten (or attack) the humans. Basically, the only way to fairly evaluate Jurassic Park III is to look at the skill and imagination displayed in the scenes involving the dinosaurs. There are certainly some thrilling moments: the slow buildup to the revelation of a pterodactyl is masterfully executed, and is easily one of the best scenes in the film. Yet Jurassic Park III is eventually so tired and familiar, it is impossible to enjoy even on the level of simple entertainment. Macy, Neill and Leoni are completely wasted, and don't have much of a chance to create characters we care about. By the time Jurassic Park III lumbers to an end, we may have mildly enjoyed this mediocre fare, but it is very clear that the series is as extinct as the dinosaurs that populate it.

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I was outraged that the jurassic park trilogy was not going to be finished off by Stephen Speilberg, but instead it was caped off by a director(Joe Johnston) who ruined the vision that Speilberg set with the first two installments. I understand it is not the directors fault for the poorly written story or script, but it is his fault for excepting them. The movie totally lacked realism (Example: when Dr. Alan Grant and the rest of his party were surrounded by Raptors he somehow new how to call for help. Even though he had no understanding of their language.) to the point that it was completely nervre recking.The dinosaurs looked faker than in the original even with the more advanced special effects.
no where near is good as The first or even the second jurassic park. A third movie in the series was not needed.
Best in Show: William H. Macy
One for the future: Trevor Morgan
Stand-out scene: "Birdcage!"
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainless
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

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Saw the original in a filled-to-capacity cinema in Chester as a preview (back in the days when I was a local newspaper film reviewer) and enjoyed it. The second - now that was a horse of a different colour, and what's more different health; lame. When it came to the third it was the name William H. Macy that drew me when it was scheduled for a terrestrial broadcast. Whereas the second was a blatant re-tread, this third offering (directed not by Spielberg but Joe 'Jumanji' Johnston) looks at the story from a relatively fresh angle and is all the better for it. It's eight years after the events of Jurassic Park and the second island used in the experiment is now a dinosaur kingdom. When 14 year-old Erik Kirby is feared crash-landed on the island after an abortive 'dinosoar' para-gliding ride (like duh!), his parents (Macy and Tea Leoni) dupe Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) into accompanying them on a trip to the island in search of their missing son. We get to flinch at the carnivores and go 'aaah' at the herbivores as the action moves along apace and it's all harmless if brainless fun and the cast come through it with their respective credibilities intact.
:fresh: I loved the first Jurassic Park. It was so cool for someone who loved dinosaurs since they were very little. Though the love for dinosaurs wore off, I still loved this movie! I liked the scene with the T-Rex and the jeep with the kids. That whole scene totally hooked me! And then the scenes with the velociraptors...it captivated me. I wish I would take the time to read the original novel, as it has been recommended to me many times. Oh yeah, I thought it was hilarious when the Dilophosaurus (the one with the umbrella-looking frills) eats the fat guy. I never liked him.:D haha! gotta love carnage!

:rotten: The Lost World just didn't cut it for me, a huge fan of the first movie. When I was really little (okay, I was 'really little' a few years ago) I liked it just because it was action and dinosaurs, but now I think it really stunk. As a matter of fact, everyone thought it stunk! For a book project in school, I decided to read it since I bought it on sale in a grocery store for two dollars.:cool: I was blown away by the sheer awesome-ness of the book. I couldn't believe that that stupid movie was based on that book! That's when I realized that it was a really pathetic movie. Hence, the 5 out of 10. And I recommend the book too!

:rotten: The kids at my school seemed to like Jurassic Park 3 when it was in theaters. I was ten when it came out. For some reason, I didn't like it that much even though it was popular. I thought, "Why is this rated PG-13? This is so kid-oriented! It was like a kid's show, definitely centered toward the younger population. The least they could do was make the series end with a bang for the adults. But I couldn't have expected much...Hollywood made it, not Michael Crichton. It wasn't even based off a book, therefore the plot and story is going to sound like fanfiction.

In conclusion, I like Jurassic Park, but the first movie was the ending point for me. The last two movies don't even compare, and the books blow them all away.:cool:

JURASSIC PARK III
(JOE JOHNSTON, 2001)
PG-13
1 HOUR 33 MINUTES
I had hoped that after this movie was so bad, it would do horrible at the Box Office and they wouldn't make another one. Unfortunately, $180 million dollars is not horrible :(

The plot of JP3 is a very "been there, done that" kind of thing. Idiot people get stranded on an island, big dinosaurs chase them, people get et, they eventually get off. Hey people, didn't we already do this in Jurassic Park AND The Lost World? And didn't we do it better in both?

The plot twists and points are laughable. The kid survived for 8 weeks on Dino island?! Yeah-fucking-right, and next there will be pigs flying by the window on your right. And that ending is SO BLAH! I chuckled at it and said "Hah! What a cop-out!"

The dialogue and script were both awful and wooden as hell. Even Sam Neill, who has been a favorite of mine since I was very young, delivered crappy lines like burgers at McDonalds. The kid was annoying as hell, and his boooring lines didn't help any. Tea Leoni (beautiful) is the worst of the bunch here.

But the film does have a few positive points. Billy, for one, is a very handsome guy (but I think he bats for the other team...more on that later). The effects are cool, and I found William H. Macy (and near the beginning, Michael Jeter) to be funny most of the time. The best thing about this movie is the homosexual undertones. They never come out and say it, but Billy and Alan.....they are sooo doing it. Trust me on this, my gaydar is never wrong.

Jurassic Park is an intelligent action film. The Lost World is a dumb popcorn adventure, but I liked it. JP3 is dumb, badly written and executed, and shouldn't have made as much money as it did at the B.O. :rotten:
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