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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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Jurassic Park III


Directed by Joe Johnston. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Larry J. Franco. Written by Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor. Release date: July 18, 2001.


While not being the best movie out there, The Lost World: Jurassic Park made a lot of money, prompting a third to be made. This one was not based on a Michael Crichton novel, nor was it directed by Steven Spielberg. It still made money, but it was bad enough to kill the franchise for over a decade.

The Characters

Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill): A paleontologist. The lead of the first film, he returns in the third.

Paul Kirby (William H. Macy): A "wealthy" businessman who lures Alan Grant onto the island to look for his son. Formerly married to Amanda Kirby.

Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni): Paul Kirby's ex-wife. Accompanies the group to look for her son.

Dr. Ellie Degler (Laura Dern): A paleobotanist who was a main character in the first film. Now married to Mark Degler.

Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola): A graduate student who accompanies his professor, Alan Grant, on the trip.

Eric Kirby (Trevor Morgan): Paul and Amanda Kirby's son who becomes stranded on the island, starting the movie's plot.

The Plot

After a parasailing accident, Eric Kirby finds himself stranded on the island from The Lost World: Jurassic Park. His father, Paul, and his mother, Amanda, hire paleontologist Alan Grant to come to the island with them, despite his vehement attitude about never going there. He's promised that they're only going to fly over the island, but upon arrival learns the real plan, which is to land on it and search for the son.

Upon landing, the team almost immediately attempts to escape, only to have the plane knocked out of the air by a dinosaur. This forces their plane into a crash landing, and puts the group into survival mode - while also continuing to search for Eric. After being hunted by a bunch of dinosaurs, Alan is separated from the group, only to be rescued by Eric, who has miraculously survived for eight weeks on his own. The two try to locate the others, and are successful in doing so.

After being chased by more dinosaurs, and learning that Billy took a couple of Velociraptor eggs, the group locates a boat and a phone, calling for help in the process. The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy arrive to save the day, allowing everyone to escape.

Is It Any Good?

No. It's a mess without much of a plot or characters, mediocre acting, boring dinosaurs rendered with poor CGI, and it just isn't fun. It's worse than either of the previous two movies, and it simply is not a film that's enjoyable to watch. These are supposed to be thrilling movies, but this one just bores.

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