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Jurassic Park 3 (DVD)
Member Name: Mcdaddy
Jurassic Park 3 (DVD)
Date: 21/07/01, updated on 07/08/01 (264 review reads)
Advantages: Great special effects, and a good lesson in dinosaurs!
Disadvantages: Predictable, and very short!
My mate and me had both been eagerly awaiting the release of the third instalment of the Jurassic Park saga. And as this was the national launch day we thought we would try to get tickets and see if it was an improvement on the second part, or even match the quality of the first.
I should have read the initial warning signs, as when I dialled up Warner Village the first time for their online booking service my card was not recognised so my purchase failed. But being more annoyed at having to keep taping on my phone to enter in the details and then having my card refused I repeated the process. Hooray tickets for the 7pm showing at the Warner Village in the North Finchley Lido.
We arrived in the cinema and then it hit me, right on the back of the head to be precise, as what I presume was a Malteaser struck the back of my head. I turned around to give a threatening gaze when it then dawned on me how long it had been since I had been to an early showing of a P.G film. The place was full of annoying little kids!!!! Once again another bad sign, but I ignored their witty antics and patiently awaited the start of this evenings feature presentation.
Then it began, with the Jurassic Park theme overture pouring out in Dolby Digital sound and I prepared myself to be entertained.
The film starts with a young boy and his (we learn later) stepfather on a speedboat going past a nearby tropical Island, known also as Isla Sorna off the coast of Costa Rica, which if you can remember from Jurassic Park 2 is the second research site. The bo
at is offering an exclusive offer, parasailing over the Island whilst being dragged by a speedboat. Uh oh, already starting to sound a bit predictable? Well you guessed it, as the boy and his stepfather are flying high in the sky the boat is attacked by a dinosaur and goes out of control. Just before plunging into some rocks the stepfather releases them from the tow line and they drift down onto the Island, not knowing what prehistoric terrors await them.
Cut scene, we are then transported across the sea to the good old U.S. of A., and the welcome return of a friendly face in the form of Sam Neil playing once again Alan Grant from the original film. Grant has since split from Eli (Laura Dern, who makes a brief cameo appearance) and is continuing his archaeological studies on the vocal and communicational capabilities of Raptors. However he is starting to run out of funds, as all good scientists apparently seem to on a regular basis, and is wondering where his next financial backer is going to come from.
Well as you can guess it doesn't take long for something to crop up, and it comes in the form of the Kirby's played by Tea Leoni and William H. Macy. They offer Grant a substantial contribution to his research if he will be their guide whilst they are flying low over the Island. So with the help of Grant's new sidekick Billy Brennan (played by Alessandro Nivola who played Pollox Troy in Face off) they set off to Isla Sorna.
What follows is an elaborate set up with Grant realising all to late that he has been tricked into helping the Kirby's look for their son Eric who has been missing for the last eight weeks, yes that’s right the boy from the parasailing crash. After they land they decide that this may have not been such a good idea as they and the audience are introduced to the newest addition to the Jurassic Park dinosaur cast, the Spinosaurus. This beast is bigger and badder than even the T-Rex, and even the effo
rts of the guns for hire that they bring along to help, fail to deter this savage animal from having a small snack, and so they attempt to take off. But no you guessed it the plane crash lands into the Island and they are trapped.
What follows is an action packed adventure with Grant heading for the coast in an attempt to escape alive, and the Kirby's coming clean that they are not really here for a tour and that they are looking for their lost son. So Grant tries to help them, whilst at the same time heading for safety at the coast.
The special effects in the film keep to their usual excellence, with the usual appearance of the Brachiosaur and Triceratops, and the annoying little Carpi's. The most visually stunning sequence has to be the confrontation between the Spinosaur and the T-Rex, however the scene only lasts for a few seconds which was extremely disappointing.
The films notorious villains, the Raptors, make a few welcome appearances, and once again excel in their cunning and ferocity. This is made even worse by the theft of some of their precious egg's by a well meaning Billy in an effort to raise Grant some money for his research from the failed trip.
The makers have tried to spice up the story line with a few more dinosaurs, with the introduction of the Spinosaurus, and a great sequence in the compound's aviary where the group tries to escape from the attacking Pterodactyls. But by this point in the film the novelty is starting to wear thin.
Yep you guessed it folks; I am about to tell you the truth about this film. It is very, very predictable, and the inclusion of all the special effects was about the only thing that kept me in my seat. The story line was exactly the same as its predecessors, people come to Island, people trapped on Island, people run from dinosaurs, people get eaten by dinosaurs, people escape from Island, everyone lives happily ever after. Get the drift?
e hindrance of another novel on the film by Michael Crichton, the writers had the ability to throw in some spice and variety into the film, but failed to bother. Even the action scenes seem to be written in such a way that someone started to put together a great sequence then got bored and decided to end it with a quick death, or a "quick up that tree and we will be safe" escape. And the fact that the Kirby’s have waited 8 weeks before coming to rescue their son, who incidentally manages to survive when gun totting mercenaries are devoured in minutes, made me rub my head in a dull sense of disbelief and wonder. And as I mentioned earlier on, their crowning moment could have been in the biggest fight scene since Gladiator between the Spinosaurus and T-Rex. But they get a bite in each and then one of them breaks the others neck (I won't say which in case after reading this you head off to watch it). This was however another point that really infuriated me, since when have dinosaurs worked out how to be SAS assassins? Instead of the usual fangs and claws being used to make their victims look like they have just been in two rounds with a blender and lost, all the dinosaurs, including the Raptor's are going around breaking everyone's/thing's neck. I just felt fobbed off, and I imagine many other people did as well. If you are going to make a film about big fierce dinosaurs, then why show them killing everything with a very clean break of the neck?
Maybe it is just my lust for blood, or my active imagination that was calling out for more in this film, but regardless of this I felt utterly robbed after the film had finished. If they had endeavoured to make it perhaps a 12 certificate and included a little more fear and suspense it the film it may have made it better. But alias this is just sheer speculation.
There is one scene that particular sticks in my mind from the film, there is a scene where they hear their previously
lost, inside a dinosaurs belly after the person who was looking after it was eaten, satellite phone ringing. When they work out where it is coming from they see that the dinosaur has no longer got the phone, due to the passage of time and nature. So the group starts to rummage through a steaming pile of dinosaur faeces to find the phone before it stops. And I thought to myself how fitting, because this film really is about trying to find something in a huge pile of steaming crap!
I am not particular recommending anyone to see this movie, not unless they really have NOTHING better to do. If you are a true Jurassic Park fan, then watch it and see for yourselves, otherwise wait until it comes out on video for three reasons. 1. You can switch it off at any point. 2. It is cheaper than going to the cinema to see it. And finally 3. It is safer, or you might end up being pelted in the back of the head by a foreign object.