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Jurassic Park: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Jurassic World

Matthew Parkinson | 10 Jun 2015 14:00
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park


Directed by Steven Spielberg. Produced by Gerald R. Molen and Colin Wilson. Written by David Koepp. Release date: May 23, 1997.


After Jurassic Park made all of the money, it only made sense for a sequel to be commissioned. Steven Spielberg waited for the original's novelist, Michael Crichton, to write a sequel to the book before adapting it into a film. The film made enough money to justify a third, even though saying it's not as good as the first movie is just somewhat of an understatement.

The Characters

Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum): One of the main characters of Jurassic Park. Returns in the sequel. A mathematician. Love interest of Sarah Harding.

Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore): A paleontologist and love interest to Ian Malcolm.

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough): The creator of Jurassic Park. Grandfather to Lex and Tim Murphy. Uncle of Peter Ludlow. Survived the events of Jurassic Park and returns in the sequel.

Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite): A hunter who wants to kill some dinosaurs.

Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard): The new CEO of the company that created the original Jurassic Park. Nephew to John Hammond. The film's villain.

Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn): A documentarian and environmentalist.

Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards): Granddaughter of John Hammond. Returns from Jurassic Park.

Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello): Grandson of John Hammond. Returns from Jurassic Park.

The Plot

Four years after Jurassic Park, John Hammond loses control of InGen, his company. We learn that there was a second site filled with dinosaurs: "Site B." The dinosaurs on this island have been allowed to live, untouched, and outside of cages. Hammond hires Ian Malcolm and a new team to document what life is like on the island.

Upon arriving, the group finds a second InGen team touching down, this one led by Roland Tembo. The second team begins to capture and kill dinosaurs, much to the "good" group's dismay. They rescue an infant dinosaur and try to fix its broken bone, only for its parents to attack the group. The Tyrannosaurus rexes wreak havoc on both groups' camps, causing them to have to team up in order to survive.

The combined group gets chased by both Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptors, eventually leaving only the important characters alive. They escape the island, only to learn that a Tyrannosaurus rex was captured and brought back to the mainland. The ship on which it was transported crashes into the dock, and the dinosaur escapes. It turns out that InGen captured its infant, and it wants its baby back. Ian and Sarah rescue the baby and use it to lure the Tyrannosaurus rex onto a ship. Ludlow is killed. The dinosaurs are sent back to Site B, and the island is declared a nature reserve.

Is It Any Good?

The Lost World: Jurassic Park gives us a silly and slightly convoluted set-up for its plot, and then ignores plot altogether by making these characters simply run away from dinosaurs for a couple of hours. Jeff Goldblum is lots of fun, but the supporting cast is bland, the dinosaurs aren't as enjoyable as they were in the first film, and watching it feels more like a chore than it should. The awe that you feel during the first film isn't present this time around. The CGI is worse, too, somehow. It wants to go bigger, but fails at almost every turn.

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