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I have had a few days off work recently so felt like catching up on a few films. I think in one day I watched about three! Last night I saw Jurassic Park III on Sky on Demand so decided to give it a watch.
- Plot -
The film opens with a man and a young boy going para sailing around an Island off Costa Rica. They are enjoying the view when the boat goes through a mist and is set to crash. As their only way of survival they unclip their hooks and land in the trees. The film then flashes forward when Dr Alan Grant who has been requested as a Tour Guide on the Island of Isla Sorna (an Island where InGen I gathered from the previous movies did lab work to breed dinosaurs for research and it all went horribly wrong) for a couple who are seemingly rich and want to tour the Island and offer him a generous sum for his Research in return. Dr Grant refuses to go alone so brings along his assistant Billy. On the plane, Dr Grant begins to point out the species of dinosaurs when the pilot proceeds to land. He tries to warn them they cannot land on the Island as it is dangerous but is knocked unconscious and awakes to find they have landed. It transpires that the seemingly innocent Mr and Mrs Kirby do not have permission from neither the US embassy nor the Costa Rican government to land on the Island but have come to find their soon who has been there for 8 weeks. As they realise the Dinosaurs are no mean feat they all try to escape but the plane crashes. So, the mission is to go on search for Eric and hope to make it out of the Island alive!
- My Opinion -
As it was from 2001 I felt the strong difference in timescale of the setting of the film as to me it did seem a bit ancient! The CGI in comparison to these days was a bit transparent and didn't seem as realistic but it was enough so the setting of the film was quite believable. I empathised with all the characters in their plight to escape but I felt some of the storyline was a bit fake as (sorry to give a bit away!) I was amazed at how apparently resourceful and how much of a survivor this 12 year old boy who had been on the Island for 2 months was! He seemed a million times more intellectual and just basic common sense than both his parents put together. I thought the parents were relatively dippy although I had to think if realistically if I knew my daughter was on an Island filled with dinosaurs if I would trick a palaeontologist to go out and help me find her...after watching this film I sure would!
The film was filled with lots of actions and was really well paced and maintained my interest all throughout. It was easy enough to watch and understand without me watching the two previous films. The acting was solid and the dinosaurs of course added that extra adventure and fantasy element that brought this film a new unique level of interest as it is unlike films I have seen before.
- Overall -
I would recommend this film and I enjoyed watching it. I am no dinosaur fanatic but I thought this film was really good. I can't compare it to the previous films but for me it was a decent standard and I apart from some slightly unbelievable fractures of the films I can't fault it.
Jurassic Park III is the third and so far final film of the Jurassic Park franchise though there are rumours of a fourth being in early stages of production.
Jurassic Park was a book written by Michael Crichton in which modified dinosaurs are recreated by a company called Ingen, the dinosaurs are placed on a Costa Rican island with the desire to set up a theme park. Everything goes wrong and the dinosaurs escape, that led to the Jurassic Park film which in truth had little else in common with the book. Crichton followed up with a sequel called The New World and took the dinosaurs from the original island and placed them on a nearby Costa Rican island which was being used as a test island for the theme park, this led to a T. rex escaping a ship in San Diego. That's the first two films both loosely based on Crichtons novels but the third film didn't have a book to base itself on and wasn't directed by Steven Spielberg, however, in a strange way the film more closely echoes the first Jurassic Park novel than the film which supposedly adapted itself from that novel.
Jurassic Park III was directed by Joe Johnson and based on a screenplay by Peter Buchmann. The film is set on Isle B Isla Nubla and brings Professor Grant (Sam Neill) back into the Jurassic Park franchise. The plot of the novel is in truth a fairly standard one, railing against the supposed dinosaurs created by Ingen, Grant is tricked into going back to look at the dinosaurs by a couple of supposed adventurers Paul and Amanda Kirkby. The couple trick Grant and land on the island looking for their lost son, the plane is destroyed by a large T. rex type creature and the pilot killed. The group now must get through the island to the jetty on the other side of the island.
That's the plot, if that's the right term of the third Jurassic Park film. However, the film has serious flaws basically cast as an adventure film it is a film without a central catch to make the viewer really care about the Kirkby's. This isn'y helped by the frankly terrible acting of Tea Leoni who plays Amanda Kirkby, she can be considered more wooden than the trees in the jungle of the island. She also has the most annoying role, in which she spends most of the film either crying, shouting or generally being pathetic in a good looking women cast on a jungle island way.
The films use of CGI also hurts the comparison of this film with the first two films, the puppetry of the large Sphinosaur which is a larger than T. rex T.rex with a big sail on its back is particularly poor especially when its chewing through the plane, the poor model makes the dinosaur look more cute than threatening.
As I said this film does have elements of the first two books, there are scenes featuring flying reptiles such as pterodactyl (just to be pedantic, pterosaurs are flying reptiles not dinosaurs) and a swimming scene with the large Sphinosaur both are scenes taken with modifications from the original Jurassic Park novel.
The special effects make the dinosaurs look washed out or a bit indistinct from the general scenary, this effect makes them less threatening and scary when compared with the original.
The film however does have stand out scenes, scenes in the birdcage are particularly good with the fog rolling in atmospherically and the sounds muffled and distinct. You of course know that something is going to happen and the director doesn't disappoint but the scene is a nice creepy one.
My other favourite scene is the bit right at the end when they meet the man from the American embassy whose dressed in the most outlandish suit and calling out on a megaphone.
The film does have flaws, the acting isn't brilliant and the plot a bit thin but as a film its a decent adventure with a nice bit of dinosaur action thrown in. This film is all that a man wants who grew up loving dinosaurs as a child and is still enthralled by them as an adult. Bring on Jurassic Park IV I say!!!
Jurassic Park III
Film Duration: 88 minutes
Category: Thriller / Action
Director: Joe Johnston
Country: United States
Sam Neil as Dr. Alan Grant
William H. Macy as Paul Kirby
Tea Leoni as Amanda Kirby
Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan
Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby
This is the third part of the Jurassic Park series. The story takes largely place on the island Isla Soma, where Site B is located. This was part of the complex where the dinosaurs where hold and they are still alive today. The movie starts with Eric and his father parasailing next to the island when suddenly the boat gets attacked by something and the boat crashes on the rocks. Eric and his father need to make an emergency landing on the island. Meanwhile the movie continues with mother of Eric and her new husband on the mainland terrified after the news and desperately looking for a way to get on the island to find her son. Nobody wants to help her, because the island is forbidding area and very dangerous. Their only hope is Dr Alant Grant who has previous experiences with the dinosaurs. They hire him with the lie that they will fly over the island and that he can tell about the dinosaurs, but in reality they are going to land. Dr Alant Grant is not happy when they land on the island, but it's already too late and one of the dinosaurs make sure they can't leave again with the plane. First it was a rescue mission, but now they themselves are into trouble.
The performances are moderate in this film. You got Sam Neil as Dr. Alan Grant best known for his part during the first movie of the series. He sets for me the best performance as the expert of the whole group. He is believable in his role. Trevor Morgan is good as Eric. He may be terribly annoying as the dork in this movie, but that is more the character than himself. I didn't enjoy Tea Leoni, which is a shame become I liked her in previous movies like Deep Impact. She comes across very chaotic and not natural. It's all a little bit too much.
There are quite a few extras on the DVD. You got the making a of the movie where the actors and especially the makers of the film tell about how the movie came together. Further on you got a behind the scenes where you get a look how some scenes were filmed. Another extras are more on the dinosaurs of the film. So you got the special effects people telling about how the dinosaurs where created and lots of technical information. Really good for people how are interested.
Jurassic Park III is a film that might be inferior to Jurassic Park I & II, but I thought it was very entertaining. I found the first two parts more mature than Part III and this is perhaps because this part has a child in the lead. This makes me always think of a kid movie like Spykids. Nevertheless, the action is all right, and especially the special effects are really good! Everything looks perfect and credible. There are a lot of extras for the people who want to know more about the special effects. The performances are reasonable and could have been better, but perhaps more to do with the characters themselves. All in all, definitely recommended to watch, especially if you liked the first two parts!
I enjoyed the original Jurassic Park - never saw the sequel, so came to this third in the series fresh.
Here we have another chance for the creative talents of ILG (Industrial Light & Magic) to show how far advanced they are in their special effects. Without a doubt the two things that stick in my mind from this film are the amazingly lifelike and scary Dinosaurs, Raptors etc and the crap ending! Jurassic Park 3 does benefit from the acting talents of Sam Neill, reprising his role as Dr Alan Grant. He's the Dinosaur expert who is tricked into 'guiding' a couple during a flight over Isla Sorna. This was the second remote Island 'seeded' with prehistoric animals. The couple, Paul and Amanda Kirby - William H Macy and Téa Leoni- have a hidden agenda. Their young son disappeared a few months before while hang-gliding over the island. They are desperate to see if they can find him and the 'guide' ruse was nothing more than an excuse to get Dr Grant to accompany them on their proposed rescue mission.
Their plane crash-lands on the island and we then get the first of several annoying set pieces by Ms Leoni. Excellent as she was in 'Deep Impact' and gorgeous as she usually looks, there is no getting away from the fact that Téa is one character we'd willingly sacrifice to a Raptor! There she is bellowing out on a Megaphone while all around her are telling her to be quiet. It's dangerous out there. Damn - she lasts the whole film.
The principles - Dr Grant, his assistant Billy (Alessandro Nivola) and the Kirbys - soon find themselves alone as the crew of the plane suffer from the eating habits of the Dinosaurs. They make there way through the jungle terrain, stumble across an old human habital, but wherever they go, trouble is not far away.
Anyway the visuals are quite superb. The animals are more lifelike than many I've seen in the Zoo. I'm sure that although young children may leave the cinema saying they are fine, some of the scenes really are realistic and scary. And that was just for me! As in most of these types of Monster movies, the group lurch from death defying situation to relief and back to tetering on the brink again. And in one scene on the bridge - literally. The plot is pretty basic because the film takes it as read that you've at least seen one of the previous JP films. Not much explanation as to "why are there Prehistoric animals on Isla Sorna?"
There are parts of the film that are pretty gripping, of that there is no doubt. But then suddenly with around 80 minutes of the film gone - rescue! Literally just like that. I read in someone else's review that it seemed like someone had just clapped their hands to indicate the money had run out and they had to pack the crew up and get out. Something like, "Quickly - you got five minutes, write me an ending" says the Director Joe Johnston. I must confess that I left the cinema stunned, smiling to myself thinking that I'd missed a twist somewhere along the line.
But no, my wife confirmed it. One minute they were struggling their way through the jungle - the next they were on a helicopter and on their way to safety. And one more question I want answering. 'How the hell did Billy get on the helicopter before the rest of them?'. I'll say no more - those of you who have seen the film know exactly what I mean - those of you who have not seen it yet...prepare to be bemused!
But despite that, darn it, I think I still enjoyed it.
Jurassic Park III is the last film in the trilogy. This time directed by Joe Johnston and not based on a Michael Crichton novel. Made in 2001 and is 1 hour 28 minutes long and starring Sam Niell in the lead role again as Dr Alan Grant! Also starring; William H Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola and introducing Trevor Morgan as Erik.
Dr Alan Grant and Billy (Alessandro Nivola) his student, are asked to go back to the island to give a 'tour' to a rich couple, Mr and Mrs Kirby (William H Macy and Tea Leoni). It is only when they land on the island they realise that they are here to rescue the Kirby's son Erik. This then sets them up for another series of terrifying situations and the introduction of a new dinosaur; the Spineosaurus Egypticus!! Also coming to the rescue is Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) who makes a brief appearance.
Even more spectacular special effects, C.G and stunning scenery and a close encounter with a Pterodactyl! This is a brilliant film that i think ends the trilogy nicely. Even though by film 3 we are used to the dinosaurs, i think this film is great because there is still something new and exciting for everyone. I deffinately recommend it!!
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The original Jurassic Park was such an inventive and vibrant film that it will probably remain an enduring classic forever. The sequel, The Lost World, lacked a lot of the bite of the original and is probably Spielberg's worst film by a fair way. The third film, this time helmed by Jumanji director Joe Johnston, isn't anywhere near as good as the original, but is at least a nose better than The Lost World.
The film brings doctor Alan Grant (Sam Neill) back into the fold, with two yuppie thrill-seekers Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), asking him to give them a tour of the original Isla Nubla island on which dinosaurs were bred, and then began to wreak havoc. It isn't long before chaos reigns once again, though, and within minutes of them touching down, they are assailed by dinosaurs who have managed to breed and somehow sustain life on the island. Soon enough it becomes a tense battle for survival against a gang of dinosaurs who are, of course, led by the primal villain, the T-Rex.
While there are some fun set pieces and the visual effects are great, the plot is a rehash, and there are some unmistakably stupid moments (chiefly when the T-Rex eats a mobile phone that is then audible inside the Rex's stomach when it rings despite the stomach acid), and an ending that builds to a huge T-Rex vs soldiers fight, but cuts off before it can deliver.
Whilst unable to entirely redeem the pretty poor Lost World, JP3 is a fun, yet ostensibly flawed adventure flick that frequently defies logic at key points in the plot. The film entertains, but, namely thanks to the copout ending, leaves us wanting more and has yet to follow up on this despite a fourth film being in gestation for years.
Ok the general premiss of this film is a shocking disaster. I didnt think it was that bad , ok yeah there running from dinosaurs again and low and behold even after saying " no force on heaven on or earth is gonna get me back on that island" sam neil returns after being tricked by Mr Kirby of the fake Kirby Enterprises. Their is a no show from Jeff Golbums character Ian Malcolm chaotician whom i enjoy his performances very much, so that was disapointing.
Its not that bad i laughed i jumped, yeah its the same regugitated plot but come on its a bit of fun. I think to see this in the cinema would be a push but driect to dvd perfect. I enjoyed the new dinosaurs especially the Spinosaurus. Personally the return of the T rex would have been ok but two films already, there were two in The Lost World it would have been wrong to do it again.
The plot of the film is very weak and this could be due to the absense of a michael crichton book to work from i presume. A kid ends up on site B by himself so his parents proceed to trick people into getting a rescue mission underway after appeals to the Costa Rican gouvernment are turned away with they should accept the innevitable. Alan Grant (sam neil) and his collegue are lured to the island by fake promises of donations to their dinosaur digs. There asked to be a tour guide as Mr and Mrs Kirby want to view the island from the air. Alan Grant agrees and is tricked and yeah they end up on the island again. All hope is gone or is it for this picture. I felt the weakness is that all the deaths in the film are at the begining which lets be honest are the best bits. Apart from this fans of the series will enjoy a more in depth look at Ingen and there research and more parts of the island , more species and a whole new look at raptor behaviour. Thers a massive cringe with talking to raptors after Alan grant has constructed a Raptor resonating chamber , so effectively he can blow through it and speak to raptors kinda lame but i went with it. To be fair i think universal knew they were dicing with a shaky plot their so its only a small part but memorable.
Overall its not that bad again one for the fans i bypass the pterodactyll bits that really was crap but whatever i had fun.
I cant help but laugh at the raptors in all the films because in real life raptors wernt that size its just for thepurpose of the film but lots of fun adventure film and if you find dino droppings fun theirs alot of that
Jurassic park 3 is the third installment in the jurassic park series ,this film is a bout a boy and his uncle who goadventuring a little to near the jurrasic park island,the get swept off corse and end up stranded on the island.Meanwhile his mother and father attempt to recruit the original palentologist from the first movie to take them to the island to look for there son,they manage to get him there under false pretenses thats when the fun starts ,they have to battle through a multitude of dinosaurs to try and find there missing son.
This movie is just as good story wise as the first ,its action packed and full of danger with fabulous special effects and cgi but unfortunatley it falls down on the casting,i have always had trouble beliving tia leonis acting and have the same problemin this movie ,most of the cast do a great job but i have a really hard time with her acting,its a shame as the main part of this film is better than the second film.Its a good original plot and well thought out ,just needs a little fine tunning in some places ,great film for all ages though.
Its rated a PG and is 93 minutes long
Jurassic Park III - "Survival Of The Fittest"
I have seen this movie a lot of times and even the first day show on the big cinema.
Well in the movie they have improved a lot of things and they really have done good. The reptiles or you can say dinasours are quite improved in visual features. The team for animation has improved them by showing different small features which they didn't take care of in the last two movies of the franchise.
Jurassic Park III is extremely great movie with great pace.
In the movie, they have showed that dinasours have common sense, they are intelligent, clever and deadly.
Now, In the movie, a twelve year old boy named Eric Kirby (Trevor Morgan) get lost in ISLA SORNA which is 207 miles west of Costa Rica which is a restricted place and is the son of wealthy Paul Kirby (William H. Macy). While Eric's parent Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda (Tea Leoni) hire Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neili) for escorting them to the Isla island and to tell them about dinasours. And here is where the movie starts with the stupidest idea. Paul takes Alan grant to the island in search of his son cleverly. They took a charted plane to there but a sequence of idiotness help them getting entraped in the island of dinasours. A friend of Alan Grant, Billy (Alessandro Nivola), was also present in the journey. When they get trapped on the island the story begins to start and a great chase of human hunt starts.
Which gives the viewer action, pace, horrified moments, adrenil, special effects, a lots of thriller and offcouse dinasours.
In this squeail, movie team has also worked upon showing new types of reptiles (dinasours).In the last two movies they have worked upon showing all kinds of reptiles. And in the last two movies, they had also showed a hunt on dinasours or we can say humans vs reptiles but this movie storyline is different. Here there is only one side hunt and that is on humans. Its all about surviving through all. In this movie they have concentrated upon showing the Darvin theory of survival of the fittest. Movie displays how a crew of humans get entrapped and after that they make their way through finding the lost boy and making their way out of the horrfied island.
Well here comes the T-rex and on the opposite side is a Spinosour and a fierce battle among both. Spinosour wins and displays supremacy over T-rex.While somewhere near the mid of the movie Alan Grant finds the boy Eric or quite the opposite. Now at this point of the movie the adaptation is shown by Eric that after three weeks spent alone on the island he has adapted the environment and can detect the presence of dinasours nearby by their sounds and movements. And also identifies the type of dinasours. After this our human crew concentrates on going out of the island to the nearby coast. And doing that is not as easy as it seems. Entry of new dinasours here at this point this time the are birds reptiles or flying dinasours called pteradons. I myself think it was a good idea of putting new chacters in the movie cause they increases the fun and the pace. Viewers will love this thing. Putting the newcomers in the movie enchances the rating of the movie and increases the thriller.
And offcouse in the end is happy endings with horrified memories.
This movie has opened the doors for Fourth part. So if producers think of making a new part then it will be easy for them. But I prefer that its going to be a trilogy.
!!!ACTING, SOUND EDITING AND COMPOSING, SPECIAL EFFECTS!!!
Well acting is quite a issue here. I watched them carefully and as per my rating on acting. I'll give:
Tea Leoni: 3.5/5
Sam Neili: 4.5/5
William H. Macy: 4.3/5
Trevor Morgan: 4/5
Alessandro Nivola: 4.2/5
While other characters didn't last long in the movie and got eaten quickly by reptiles. Nevermind just kidding!
And Yeah Reptiles are in rating too.
Reptiles have performed well or you can say the animation and direction given to the movement and other effects was quite great. As per last two movies in the franchise, this movie has to be preffered for reptile watch and for the horrified pace they have provided.
Sound editing and composing is great as it matches with the timings in the movie and let your heart to beat at quite fast rate. Low fast paced music has enchanced the thriller.
Here comes the special effects. While taking about the special effects is offcourse related to dinasours. There are few flaws in the movie but they can be skipped coz they can't be noticed or seen just like that. So there is no worry in that area. Mostly Sci-fi movies have some major defects in special effects. But this one goes without them.Team of movie making has really worked well as I had already told you before. They worked on dinasour appearances and had gone with the facts. By saying facts I mean they had changed the looks of raptors as they recently(at the time of making movie) acquired more knowledge on raptors looks through paleontologists and other sources.In the nutshell, great movie with great effects.
There are quite some new characters seen in the movie.
SPINOSAUR: The contendor in the movie and is quite involved in human hunt. Spinosour is shown as powerful than the T-rex. While in past two movies T-Rex was the condentor. New thing come to be seen in the movie.
T-Rex: Well he comes out only in one scean and for fighting against spinosour. Guess what he loses the battle and get killed at the end of the fight by Spinosour. But great effects and a small fight.
Raptors: They are quite shown different than in past other movies. My favourates. Appearance is a lot better. Thay are shown intelligent, in groups, good coordination in their efforts, common sense and dominant spieces. But have shown differant behaviour in this movie.But still gives viewers a lots of horrified moments and pace.
Pteradons: Flying reptiles and a cruelity that is shown on their faces. Quite good and enchances the pace of the movie.
While other dinasours have small un-important appearances through out the movie.
!!!About the movie!!!
Director: Joe Johnston
Writers: Michael Crichton
Casts:Sam Neili (Dr. Alan Grant)
William H. Macy (Paul Kirby)
Tea Leoni (Amanda Kirby)
Trevor Morgan (Eric Kirby)
Alessandro Nivola (Billy Brinnan)
Producer: Larry J. Franco, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg
Executive Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Composer: Don Davis
Runtime: 92 min, color
Rating: Parental Advisory
Awards Won: BMI Film Music Award(2002),Bogey Award in Gold(2001), World Stunt Award(2002)
Movie Release in: 2001
Soundtrack release date: 18 July 2001
Main Language: English
!!!About The DVD!!!
Well the DVD contains some bonus features other than the movie.
# Jurassic Park III movie which supports 5.1 Dobly Digital sound for your Home Theatre (sounds interesting).
Second are bonus features
1. Behind the scenes contain various videos revealing how they worked on dinasours.
2. Movie trailers of Jurassic park franchise.
3. Making of Jurassic Park III.
4. Videos on newcomers and how they worked well on reptiles appearances in this movie.
6. Stills from the movie including posters of the movie.
7. Video on Tour Of Stan Winston's Studio
This this is a good movie watch especially on weekends and I recommend it to watch at night.
I've tried my best to tell you about the movie and I also tell you that what I have told is just a little part of the movie. And give you a suggestion to watch it.Enjoy.
Thankyou for reading The Review. Hope it will be useful. Jesse
The film world is littered with films that were released to cash in on the success of previous films, attempting to make what was intended as a single film into a franchise and making a mockery of the good name of the original. The latter two "Matrix" films were such; films that were never intended to be until someone saw the huge sales of tickets for the original and "Pirates of the Caribbean was losing steam by the third instalment. "Be Cool" was only conceived, even as a novel, once the film "Get Shorty" had been a success and if no-one had watched "Basic Instinct", there wouldn't have been the travesty that was "Basic Instinct 2".
Compared to some of these films, "Jurassic Park 3" is almost a classic. Admittedly, it was an afterthought, with the first two films in the series starting life as Michael Crichton novels, but this was written entirely as a film by someone else. The director had also changed from the original films and only two of the original characters appear here; one only briefly. So "Jurassic Park 3" contains all the ingredients you usually need for an awful film, but manages not to be. Well, not entirely, anyway.
Whilst parasailing over Isla Sorna in the hope of catching sight of some dinosaurs, an accident forces two people, one a young boy, to land on the island. The boy's parents, being aware of events that occurred on that island (in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2") are understandably desperate to rescue their son and launch an illegal and ill advised mission to do just that.
Knowing they will need assistance, they enlist the help of Doctor Alan Grant, who was the advisor to the original "Jurassic Park" and someone they believe can help them survive the island. To persuade him, as he has already said he has no intention of ever going to the island, they offer him a substantial investment in his research, as his current project is quickly running out of money and hide their true intentions. By the time he finds out the real reason he is on this trip, it is far too late and they are stranded on an island filled with dinosaurs.
When the first thing that happens to the group is being attacked by a spinosaur, Alan Grant and his assistant Billy are concerned mostly with getting off the island, so they want to aim for the coast as quickly as possible. The Kirbys would prefer to stay alive, but are mostly concerned with getting their son back alive. Alan Grant doesn't believe any of them are going to get off the island alive, but he's going to give his own survival his best shot and with Erik having been stranded for around 8 weeks, doesn't believe he is still alive either.
From this contrived opening, the film moves onto the kind of thing that made the original "Jurassic Park" such a great spectacle at the time that came out. It's a battle of dinosaur against man and occasionally, dinosaur against dinosaur. This means that the majority of the characters after this point are computer generated and beautifully rendered. Despite the best effort of all the actors and script writers involved, the dinosaurs were always the stars of the earlier "Jurassic Park" films; here, they are more of a saving grace, as this is otherwise the weakest of the trilogy.
I think a large part of the problem with the film is that they've largely run out of new ideas and there's no longer anything to really get excited about any more. The soundtrack is a fine example of this, with the "Jurassic Park" theme being retained from the earlier films and nothing else seeming that much different or noticeable throughout the rest of the film, which more or less sums up the whole film; it's good, but it's nothing new or special. As for the action, dinosaurs chasing the humans were a large part of the previous two films and the intelligence and speed of the velociraptors is also a constant from the previous two films. Of the slightly different items, the big fight between the two big dinosaurs was far too brief to have all that much impact and the pteranodon enclosure was supposedly an idea that was dropped from one of the earlier films due to time constraints, so whilst it's a great idea, it is not exactly one freshly squeezed here.
That said, it is the pteranodons that provide the best example of how good the computer generated imagery is in this film. Being birds, there is a lot of movement from them, both in terms of speed and changes of direction and the imagery is seamless throughout all this. But it is the attention to detail when they are grounded that really stands out, with one scene in close up where a pteranodon turns around and sees them which looks particularly good, as it almost seemed to be glaring at them. Getting an expression on a face that is essentially all beak must take some doing, but they managed it in this case.
Unfortunately, the human acting isn't nearly up to the same level. Sam Neill does a pretty good job as Dr Alan Grant, but as his is a role he's played before, he should be able to manage it. He slips back into his old role effortlessly, even allowing for the 8 year break between films and he's by far the best actor on display here. Laura Dern also seems to slip back into her old role quite nicely, but she gets very limited screen time, so it's tough to tell. Of the other main characters, Trevor Morgan as Erik Kirby and Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan do fine, but their characters are little more than standard action film characters, so they don't have exactly stretching roles. The same is true of the older members of the Kirby family, but William H Macy never really seems to settle into his role as Paul Kirby and Tea Leoni's Amanda Kirby is even more noticeably wooden. For a couple that are supposedly divorced and discovering their feelings for each other again, there is very little chemistry between them and her reaction to finding her new partner dead was high in volume, but not emotionally convincing. Indeed, there was a better chemistry between Sam Neill and Trevor Morgan, which is a worry seeing as how Dr Grant used to hate kids!
The script helps with this, as it's Sam Neill who gets all the best lines and the banter between his Dr Grant and Erik Kirby provides the more amusing moments. There are a few other sharp lines that get spread around some of the other cast members, but these happen infrequently and occur quite early on in the film. Indeed, it is quite biased towards the start of the film, as if they've tried to put a lot of the action in early to distract the viewer from how contrived the set up is. Once the characters you would expect to be killed off have died, then it's just one long chase film, with little new to excite anyone. The length of the pterodactyl sequence shows the lack of ideas, as once there was something they hadn't used before, they took advantage of that novelty to the point at which it outstayed its welcome. Considering that the T Rex against spinosaur scenes were far too brief, it suggests that whilst they had the technical ability and the creative ideas to make for a well rounded film, they hadn't quite worked out how to use them all to maximum effect. Fortunately, the film is around half an hour shorter than the two preceding it at only 90 minutes long, so the ending doesn't seem to drag on too long, which is a relief as things seemed to be slowing down the longer the film went on.
"Jurassic Park 3" is a decent enough film, but nothing spectacular. Like many action films, it's something decent to watch, but not terribly involving on a mental level and not a film that will stand up to repeated viewings. The special effects save the film from being a complete loss, as for any fan of this type of film; the spinosaur in particular is worth a look. Unfortunately, "Jurassic Park 3" will ultimately be judged against the other films that bear the name and because they wrapped up the special effects in a far better story, thanks to having the original Michael Crichton novels as a starting point, they will always appear far superior. That isn't to say this isn't worth watching, but it's really only worth watching the once and if you watch it too closely after one of the others, it will seem a lot worse.
If the film had its moments, but they proved to be either too brief or happen all at once, the same could be said of the extras. Much like the film, they seem strangely superficial and are worth watching the once, but not really any more than that. Again, much like the film, the quality of the extras is mostly biased towards the start, with the first on the list "The Making of Jurassic Park 3" being the longest and the most generally informative. At just over 20 minutes long, this looks like one of the "Making Of..." style programs you see quite frequently on MTV. It covers every aspect of the film making, from the acting to the special effects, although it does only touch on most aspects quite briefly and was all very positive, as such programs tend to be. It did have a couple of points that particularly amused me, however, in that Tea Leoni looked more animated in this than she ever managed in the film and that one of the animatronics guys who was operating the spinosaur looked a lot like Iggy Pop.
The next feature, "New Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park 3" was more interesting to me personally, but again suffered from being a little too brief and unfocused. I especially enjoyed the parts where the film's dinosaur expert talked about the spinosaur and the velociraptor in terms of what they would have looked like and behaved for real and how he tried to make things as accurate as possible. The section on the pteranodon focussed mostly on the technical side of getting it on screen and so had less interest for me, although someone into computer graphics would probably find it fascinating. At 6 minutes, however, this was annoyingly brief, as I would have liked to have known more about the dinosaurs, with them having been an interest of mine since I was quite young.
However, if this section was annoyingly brief, then the "Tour of Stan Winston Studios" was even more so. Stan Winston and his company are the ones who made the dinosaur models and animatronics for the film, but if you didn't know this beforehand, you're left to guess. This is a 3 minute glimpse of what they do, but it has no explanation and no narration, it's just a look at the studio at work and isn't even chronological, so you get to jump about between models at different stages of development without ever being sure what is going on, so this has very little value at all, which is a shame, as it could have been really interesting if they'd done it as a proper tour and planned it better.
The "Visit to ILM" feature was largely spoiled by being presented in so many different sections, which meant there was a lot of going through menus to watch the whole thing and this spoiled the flow of things, especially as some of the sections showing the final shots were literally only seconds long. Most of the sections were a little technical and so would be more enjoyable to someone with a particular interest in this aspect of film making, although I did enjoy seeing how things came together. Some of the sections were a little too technical and a bit dry and some of the people presenting them didn't seem entirely comfortable being on camera. Personally, I enjoyed the sections on the raptors and creating the muscles the most, as these were almost show and tell sections, as this helped someone without any technical knowledge to see what they were talking about, which made them easier to follow. There was an amusing shot of one of the dinosaurs in what looked like a party hat and the unfinished shots looked quite strange as well.
I thought that the "Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs" section would be a lot more interesting than it was, as the title seemed to offer something about the dinosaurs themselves. Unfortunately, this 4 minute section mostly involved Jack Horner talking about how he gets his team together and how they found more than they expected in terms of quantity, but gives no real insight into how they dig and what conclusions their finds have helped them to draw.
The "Behind the Scenes" bits were fairly interesting, but they were just shots from the film intercut with shots from the filming with very little comment. Like the "Tour of Stan Winston Studios", I felt this could have been greatly improved by narration of some kind. It is worth watching the once to see the animatronics for the velociraptor legs in action, as that looked like a really cool piece of kit and, like many people seeing a great gadget for the first time, I looked at that machine and immediately thought "I want one!"
Sadly, this joy was not to be repeated in the "Storyboard to Feature Comparison" section, which merely took three scenes fro the film and showed them next to the storyboard drawings. There were very few changes between the two, so the comparison was almost a match and that made the feature largely a waste of time and only really of interest to those interested in the technical side of film making and even then, not of great interest.
The "Trailers" section was simply trailers for Universal releases, including all of the three "Jurassic Park" films, which added very little, as did the "Photo Gallery" section, which had 3 minutes of pictures of cast and crew and behind the scenes shots that were only on screen for around 3 seconds apiece and which couldn't be controlled by the viewer and so seemed to go past too quickly. By comparison, the "Posters" section was very slow moving, as they were on screen for 10 seconds apiece, which felt like too long, especially as some of the posters were quite similar in design. It was interesting to see some of the varying concepts, though, as well as the different titles the film was nearly given.
The "Dinosaur Turntables" was another idea I thought would be better than it was, but it turned out to feature little more than spinning computer generated shots of the dinosaurs, some of which had been shown during the ILM feature. Some of them also included shots of the dinosaurs in motion, which added a little bit extra, but mostly all they did was rotate and as they were spinning quite quickly and were only on screen for around 5 seconds at a time and couldn't be slowed down or zoomed in on, this didn't really allow me to get a proper look at them, which is what I was really hoping for.
The finish off was the standard "Feature Commentary", which can be found on most DVDs these days. Unusually here, though, the people doing the commentary were the special effects team. Whilst this meant that it lacked a lot of the breadth of some commentaries, it did provide an interesting point of view. The team are clearly enthusiastic about what they do and enjoy their work and given that the same team had worked on all three "Jurassic Park" films, they were able to talk about what had become possible for them to do since the first film. There were points where it did descend into merely them talking about which bits were computer images and which were the animatronics and the people they thanked over the end credits sounded like they were reading an Oscar acceptance speech, but the different perspective was refreshing, if only the once.
The DVD which contains only the film is on Amazon for £5.96, which compares favourably with the price of £19.99 for the version with the extras. Given that neither the film nor the extras are really worth watching more than once, a purchase seems a little like a waste of money if you can watch it for free on TV. That said, copies of both versions have been seen on eBay from 99 pence and, as long as the postage isn't too expensive, this would be a decent deal. The version I would recommend above all others, however, is the 4 disc "Jurassic Park Trilogy" set that I paid £10 for in an HMV sale and which can now be found on eBay from £4.49. Whilst this film alone isn't worth that much, the addition of the first two films to this, along with an array of features makes that the only way I would recommend a purchase of "Jurassic Park 3" at any price.
Here we have the third part in the Jurassic Park triology. This movie acts as a direct sequal to the other two movies. The first movie was such a success that it was almost a guarentee that its sequals would not match up to the first movies brilliance.
Plot- Alan Grant is back played by Sam Neil again. We find him working as a paleontologist and seems much more satisfied looking at dead dino's than staring a T-rex in the eye. He is approached by a man named Kirby (William H. Macy) who asks him to be their guide for a plane ride over the islands. Alan is obviously hesitant at first but the prospect of financial rewards is too much to resist. All is not as it seems however and it turns out Kirby is really going to land on the island to look for his son, who crash landed there weeks earlier in a para-gliding accident. This leads to many dangerous encounters with the inhabitants of the island including raptors, rex's and worse!! The plot then is absolutley rubbish! It is quite predictable and it seems any story was good enough to get them back on the island!
Effects - As with the previous movies the effects combine CGI with animatronics. The mix works well and the CGI is pretty flawless. Some of the animatronics are slightly cheep but it is easy to look past! There are also good stunts and action sequences that dont involve dinos!
Performances - Pretty terrible really. Sam Neil and Macy are the best of a bad bunch. I cant say I know exactly how I would react when coming face to face with a raptor or T-rex but i would scream alot more than these guys do. They are either very brave or just very bad actors!!
Music - Nothing original here as it is a complete rip from previous movies. John Williams original theme plays here and there throughout and it is an enjoyable break from the over the top tension building music!
Special features on DVD - You get the traditional "making of" and "behind the scenes" featurettes but they are nothing worth noting. A few of the featurettes that show you how to make a Dinosaur look realistic are interesting but i am sure they will be available on a two disc edition of the first movie. Also the first movie is much better anyway.
I cannot tell you to buy this movie. It is on all the time on ITV2 so watch it there. You possibly should buy the first movie if you dont own it but again not particularily worth it. Its worth shopping around if you do want it however as all three movies come in a single box-set. I picked up the set at HMV in one of their many sales. It cost £5 which isnt bad I guess, I just know I will never watch them!
There are some films that make you just think, "Why?" And Jurassic Park 3 is one of those for me. I mean, I loved Jurassic Park and it's sequel, The Lost World and I would have been happy if they had just left it with that. There was absolutely no need to write another. Sometimes things don't have to be a trilogy. That aside, it was good to see Sam Neil reprise his role from the first movie but then you start to get into niggly annoyances like, "And why not bring Jeff Goldblum back?" The two of them were my favourite characters. But, it doesn't really matter because I don't think anything could have saved this movie. It had absolutely no depth to it at all - just a rehash of the less interesting bits of the first two movies. Oh there's a dinosaur. Run for your lives. Whereas the first two films were smart and slick, this one just felt like all telent had been left at the front door. A terrible way for a movie series to end. Such a shame.
Jurassic Park 3 is actually quite a good film in my opinion especially after the flop that was Jurassic Park II.
It follows the Kirby's who's son goes on a paragliding adventure with his stepdad on Isla Sorna (where the dinosaurs are loose) and goes missing. The Kirbys are after hiring Sam Neill to help find their son but trick him into thinking they just want to visit the island for their wedding anniversary and offer Sam Neill obscene amounts of money for his research if they'll take him.
Sam reluctantly agrees and then on the plane it becomes clear they aren't interested in the scenery and the truth comes out, the plane lands they look for their son get chased by a few dinosaurs, jump back on the plane and then it crashes, the dino's eat a few passengers and the race is on to find their sone (which they do) and get off the island before they are all eaten.
Its a good film, doesn't match the first but as always effects are good too
I thought that after previously reviewing the original DVD releases of both JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD, it was time for me to write a review for JURASSIC PARK III
So without further ado, lets get it underway!
When Steven Spielberg relinquished the directors chair for this third instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Joe Johnston stepped into his chair and shoes. Having directed such popular movies as Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer and Jumanji, Johnston was clearly adept at directing quality fantasy movies - and does a fine job with this film - even though Spielberg is an extremely hard act to follow. Perhaps the studio though so to as at time of typing this review, Johnston has been named as being attached to a certain production announced as incoming for 2008... Wait for it Youre going to love this
JURASSIC PARK IV!!!
Its true Theres not much in the way of information on it yet but I heard an early rumoured plot idea which would involve mixing dog DNA with dino DNA so that they can make dinosaurs that obey humans - and are used as a kind of weapon - sending them into areas such as war zones to wipe out the enemy. If you think Im making this up, I can assure you that I am not. I only hope with Michael Crichton apparently back on board as a writer for the fourth instalment, we can only hope they can figure out a better story before 2008...
Set eight years after the events of the original Jurassic Park movie, this one sees the return of Doctor Alan Grant (which sees Sam Neill reprising his role from the first film) who is back doing what he originally loved - uncovering fossilised remains of dinosaurs the dinosaurs from 65 million years ago and trying to forget the nightmare of living, breathing dinosaurs that almost cost him and many others their lives.
With people generally only taking an interest in him because of his experiences at Jurassic Park, Doctor Grants research money is dwindling. When a wealthy businessman - Paul Kirby (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tia Leoni) approach him to take them on a tour of Isla Sorna - which is InGens second research site. The temptation of a large cheque from the Kirbys is enough to convince him to take a brief walk with the formerly pre-historic beasts once again. The plan is that they will fly low enough over the island for Grant to point out the different breeds of dinosaurs that roam free in this incredible place at least that is the plan that they have told him. The real plan is that the Kirbys are looking for their 14-year -old son, Eric who has vanished whilst paragliding over Isla Sorna.
Accompanied by his associate Billy, the Kirbys and a mysterious group of men assembled by the Kirbys who have a secret mission to help find their son, Grant is horrified when Kirby orders the private plane they are in to land on the island! Knowing full well how dangerous the environment is, Grant tries to convince the Kirbys who have already started the search for their son that they must leave - just as a huge roar erupts from the nearby jungle. All but one of the men manage to scramble back onto the plane and prepare to take off. As the plane hurtles down the landing strip at a terrifying rate, the one man who didnt make it back to the plane in time runs out onto the strip ahead of the plane, bloodied and terrified. As it looks like the plane is about to hit him, a massive dinosaur bursts from the jungle and snatches the man up effortlessly in its jaws. In a sudden attempt to avoid the massive creature, the pilot of the plane pulls up sharply but the plane crashes straight back down into the jungle - where a world of new monstrous creatures - including the Spinosaurus (which we find is more than a match for the previously dominant T-Rex) and Velociraptors that have evolved in this now natural habitat and are now able to communicate with each other with an extremely developed intelligence to a degree that even Doctor Grant couldnt have imagined.
As if the mortal danger faced by everyone isnt bad enough, Grant discovers that the massive cheque written by Kirby isnt worth the paper its written on assuming he or anyone else would live long enough to get off the island - let alone spend it. Kirby is not a rich business man - but runs a small kitchen and tiling company. Its going to be another one of those days for Doctor Alan Grant
The acting in this third instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise is fine with some very commendable casting choices. The problem is the characters that the actors play. You just dont quite care enough about them to hope they make it off the island in the first place - in fact youll probably be hoping that the hungry dinos appear and eat some of them as quickly as possible - simply so that we dont have to put up with them anymore.
Easily the best piece of casting in Jurassic Park III is the return of Sam Neill as Doctor Alan Grant. He brings something very familiar and comforting with the film as we already know he is able to keep a cool head in a crisis - that might actually see him capable of surviving the ordeal and maybe helping others do the same.
THE SPECIAL EFFECTS:
With the special effects of the first two movies being as ground-breaking (literally) as they were, this film had a lot to live up to and mostly gets away with - by the skin of its massive, sharp and pointy teeth. Most of the dinosaurs look great - with the usual suspects such as the T-Rex and Velociraptors looking pretty convincing. That said, theres a new beastie to cause a rumble in the jungle the Spinosaurus which is so bad-ass, it wipes the floor with the T-Rex! Its like the Rex and Raptors in the sense that its by and large very convincing as a living, breathing monster - with the help of a pretty damned seamless blend of CGI and huge live action puppets.
The downside is that some of the secondary dinosaurs are not quite as well done as some seen in the previous two films. Its by no means all bad its just not quite as good as Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
The music in this film is not from the mind and soul of John Williams - but instead is composed by Don Davis who composed the music for the entire Matrix trilogy. He has brought us another very fine score here which conveys the grandeur, thrills and peril that accompanies it onscreen.
The downside is that it does have a bit of a different feel from Williams style but has imported his original Jurassic Park theme - just to help remind us we are watching a sequel to the first two films.
This is the original release of Jurassic Park III Im reviewing here as the studio annoyed me like so many others have by re-releasing something I already owned - albeit in a slightly nicer version than the one I already owned THE SWINES!!!
Anyway here are the specs of the DVD:
Feature Run Time: 91 minutes approx.
1.85:1 Anamorphic PAL
English DTS 5.1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio commentary with the special effects team including Stan Winston, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Michael Lanteri.
The Making Of Jurassic Park III featurette
The New Dinosaurs Of Jurassic Park III featurette
Tour Of Stan Winstons Studio featurette
A Visit To ILM:
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Back To The Future Trilogy
E.T. - 20th Anniversary Re-Release
Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs featurette
Behind The Scenes:
Spinosaurus Attacks The Plane
Raptors Attack Udesky
Storyboard To Feature Comparisons:
The Boat Attack
Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender Demo
Danger Zone! Demo
Cast And Crew Bios
Dinosaur Turntables - featuring spinning versions of the CGI dinosaur models before and after rendering and also test animations.
Both picture and sound quality are extremely high standard. It would be pointless to have a film such as if each thunderous roar of a dinosaur and the crashing of its footfalls didnt shake your room and make your neighbours wish that your mother had never met your father
This is definitely the weakest of the three existing Jurassic Park movies in my humble opinion but as I said earlier, its not all bad. There are certainly enough moments to make you sit on the edge of your seat and some very nice photography and set-pieces to ogle at when you start to think about how much better the previous two movies were
There are just too many differences to allow a seamless continuity from the previous instalments. The absence of Spielberg in the directors chair is probably enough to put a lot of people off in itself. Though I am by no means saying Joe Johnston didnt do a fine job on this one. It just feels a little different.
The lack of John Williams musical score is a similar point to the lack of Spielberg. We have seen time and time again that Spielberg and Williams are a pretty much perfect partnership. That said though, as previously mentioned, Don Davis score certainly does the film justice though again is just a little different from the feel of John Williams music.
The shorter run time of this one really irritated me at the cinema I just felt it was too short (as the previous two films were each just over two hours long ) which made it feel like theyd tried to put too many ideas into a shorter space of time and made the film feel somewhat rushed.
One of the things that made me realise they had rushed elements of the film was the fact that this film features Pterodactyls quite strongly. There was a giant aviary that contained pterodactyls in the first Jurassic Park novel but did not feature in the original film. Hence - they have ported the scenes set there into this movie instead. The scenes work fine in themselves and are set in very ominous but equally impressive surroundings. The BIG problem for me is that the film makes an enormous deal of the Pterodactyls escaping the aviary and flying off into the sunset to no doubt nest elsewhere - perhaps in our everyday world! Whats wrong with this idea? Jurassic Park: The Lost World ended on a scene of dinosaurs adjusting to living lives untouched by man the last shot of which was a Pterodactyl swooping down from the sky - uncontained - not a cage in sight - and landing on a tree!!! Why make a big deal of a creature escaping in the third film when it was already portrayed as free to fly around in its predecessor?!?
They say that if you have enough monkeys typing furiously on typewriters, they would sooner or later produce the entire works of Shakespeare Perhaps they should hire them to write Jurassic Park IV before 2008? In fact Scratch that idea. I need those monkeys to keep banging out my wondrous reviews for me!!! Well If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys!!!
Thanks for reading my babblings!!!
I really liked Jurassic Park III as the special effects were awesome, and it showed those Raptors with amazing intelligence. What I would like to know is; is there anyone out there who knows where I can purchase that ring tone that the phone was ringing towards the end of the movie. I know that the ring tone is an Old Ring Tone, but I would like to purchase it.
On Jurassic Park III, I also like the fact that they had introduced into the movie those flying dinosaurs, and that the actors actually end up in that Giant Bird Cage. I've seen all three Jurassic Park pictures, and I can't wait until Jurassic Park 1V. Last but now least, please let me know where I can find that ring tone.