The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Encore Review

“It’s fine if you wanna put your name on something but STOP putting it on other people’s headstones.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’97, video, DVD, 13 Jul 2014 and 13 Jul 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A new team of researchers are sent to another location with dinosaurs in order to document them, but the parent company sends in a group of mercenaries and hunters who wish to capture the animals.

My Take on it – This is a great idea that works during the first half but once it turns into a monster movie it loses so much of its credibility that it can’t recover from.

The idea of another island where the animals can roam free is a great one and this allows both the characters and the audience to see these kind of animals in a totally different environment.

The story plays out well despite a few minor plot holes and silly decisions along the way.

The scenes showing the hunters doing their job is fascinating to watch despite knowing what their ultimate goal is meant to be.

The second half of the film which deals with the animals rampaging first the ‘new’ inhabitants of the island and then innocent bystanders in a coastal US town goes too far and fails to help keep things feeling as powerful and grandeur as a story like this can be.

The cast is fine with Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore and Jeff Goldblum is fine, but their camaraderie and connections just don’t feel string enough to be more believable.

The special effects are once again superb and that helps add so much to the film.

It’s too bad this film doesn’t work better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Julianne Moore admitted that she did this movie to pay off a divorce settlement, and to work with Steven Spielberg. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10) (no change from original review)


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