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My Rating: *** out of ****.
I dont understand all the horrible reviews for this film. Sure not a great film, but definitely a good, entertaining movie. I enjoyed it just as much as the first Jurassic Park.
The Lost World still contains impressive, eye popping effects. These are just as flawless as the CGI as the first Jurassic Parks. There are more dinosaurs and they all look great. The film contains more action than the first and its all exciting. One scene that stands out is the scene with the Raptors in the fields. I love the way Spielberg shot it.
This is not a big acting movie, but its not that bad. Jeff Goldblum is good as Ian Malcolm, but had a little more energy in the first one. Julianne Moore is adequate but looks a bit uncomfortable at times. Vanessa Lee Chester is better than the other kids in the last film. The rest of the acting is adequate.
Many people thought this film was redundant of the first. I wouldnt call it redundant but it is a little bit too familiar in areas. The Lost World takes place in a different area but it is not much different from the first one. However, it is an entertaining movie. The action overshadows the story.
The big problem I have with The Lost World is the ending. It doesnt make sense how The T-Rex got loose. Its also a King Kong Rip-Off. Its visually stunning looking, the TREX doesnt look out of place at all. But it was showing CGI instead of doing something with the story. Nevertheless, even with its flaws The Lost World is entertaining and not worthy of its horrible reviews.
I saw this in a theater in 1997 and I thought I liked it. I just saw it again on DVD last night, and I now I know I do. What I can't figure out is why so many people think it's so horrible. After seeing JP III a few weeks ago, I still think The Lost World is better. Of course the original is the best, but The Lost World is packed with suspense, witty dialogue (especially Goldblum's), and of course, the usual great looking dinosaurs. There are a few things I don't like, the gymnastics routine towards the end being at the top of the list. But other than that and a few silly lines, this movie is almost as thrilling as the first. Personally, I don't care if the plot of this one is weak. I've never even really given that any thought. The first 100 minutes or so are loaded with excitement, then the finale with the T-Rex in the city is, if you ask me, played mostly for laughs. Yes it's like Godzilla, and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, but that's the point. It's like those movies but with 21st century (almost) special effects. And it's just plain fun to see this dinosaur stomping through the suburbs, drinking from a swimming pool and, wreaking havoc at gas station minimart. I think if you don't take the San Diego scenes too seriously, and look at it as Spielberg's way of paying homage to *and* poking fun at the Godzilla-type movies, you can appreciate this portion of the movie. Then to wrap it all up with Bernard Shaw from CNN, and an obvious open door to a sequel - what more could you ask for? Well, maybe a better plot as some people seem to be saying, but I think this is a great popcorn movie and it works for me.
Okay, the best Jurassic Park is obviously Jurassic Park. It was the most faithful to the fantastic Michael Critchton books, plus it was well done. As a sequel, The Lost World does just fine. Of course, I'm used to seeing horrible sequels all the time. Jeff Goldblum does a good job reprising his role as Ian Malcolm, and the newcomers of Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn do well too. The story is a little unbelievable, though. After recently being replaced by his nephew as CEO of InGen, John Hammond(Richard Attenburough) reveals to Ian Malcolm(Goldblum) a site B: A place where dinosaurs run free. He sends him and his girlfriend, Sarah Harding(Moore), technology expert Eddie Carr(Richard Schiff) and photographer Nick Van Owen(Vaughn) to document the dinosaurs, while the official InGen team, led by Roland Tembo(Pete Postlethwaite), tries to capture the T. Rex and transport it to San Diego. As always, there is many bone-crunching deaths, the Special FX are excellent, but the story and plot fall a a bit short. Overall: 7/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the sequel to Steven Spielberg's iconic
blockbuster is one of the most underrated movies of the past twenty
years. Four years after Jurassic Park captivated audiences around the
world, Steven Spielberg returned to the director's chair to craft a
sequel equally as thrilling as the highly praised original.
Ian Malcolm, the neurotic chaotician from the first film is the hero of the Lost World, replacing Sam Neil's Alan Grant. Jeff Goldblum does a wonderful job with a bigger role, playing the same brilliant mathematician as the first movie as well as adding action chops to his resume. Accompanying him is a cast of interesting and diverse characters ranging from Malcolm's girlfriend, a wildlife biologist played by Julianne Moore, Roland Tembo, a great white hunter played brilliantly by Pete Postlethwaite, and an animal activist played by Vince Vaughn. The supporting characters all work well. Malcolm's daughter, the ruthless InGen CEO, and the rest all play their parts seriously, never winking to the camera in what could have been, in the hands of a different screenwriter and director, corny material. The characters themselves are also realized in a tangible way. These aren't cardboard cutouts or tired archetypes; They are living, breathing people, with passions and personalities. Contrary to some popular views on this film, there are no annoying, unlikable or superfluous characters in the film at all.
The story connecting these characters centers on an island called Isla Sorna or Site B. This island is the site where Jurassic Park's dinosaurs were bred and raised. After the events of Jurassic Park, the site was abandoned and dinosaurs roam free. Julianne Moore's character Sarah Harding and her team are sent to study the animals, While Tembo and his team come to the island in search of a trophy. Malcolm learns of this news and takes it upon himself to retrieve his girlfriend from the dinosaur-infested island. Unlike the two films that would follow it in the Jurassic franchise, The Lost World's story takes more than a few twists and turns on its way to the conclusion. The intersecting teams and alliances provides plenty of interesting subplots to go with the real stars of the show, the dinosaurs.
The dinosaurs themselves are brilliantly realized, thanks in large part to the impeccable mix of CGI and animatronics, but also because of how they are treated as characters. The dinosaurs of the Lost World are written and directed in a way that portrays them as living animals rather than bloodthirsty monsters. The T-Rex parents, the main baddies of the film don't chase and eat people just because they are T-Rexes. When they attack, we know why. They exhibit maternal and territorial instincts (As do the stegosauruses, in a fabulous early scene). It is a credit to writer David Koepp that a film that could have easily delved into mindless action maintains a certain level of intelligence, even in its most fantastic moments. Complimenting the writing of the dinosaurs as animals, is Spielberg's direction. Spielberg expertly walks the line between plausibility and thrills. We aren't just told that the dinosaurs are animals and not monsters, they actually behave that way. The T-Rexes sniffing the air for signs of their baby, the raptors snapping at each other during a hunt, the compys swarming a piece of food; These moments feel like they were taken from a documentary. Of course this is how dinosaurs would behave. They don't roar and chase and exist just to look cool, they are fully realized animals.
Steven Spielberg is an excellent action director and he is at the top of his game here. The set pieces, from a trailer dangling off a cliff while two T-Rexes defend their territory to a pack of adolescent raptors hunting in long grass, are tense, dramatic, and above all, thrilling. Spielberg knows how to tease an action scene and have it explode to life at just the right time. The Lost World seems to be Steven Spielberg's way of showing off just how much he can manipulate an audience with suspense and action. He tops himself with each scene revealing more and more visual tricks like the cracking of glass, shadows on tents, and a play on the famous water ripple scene of the original. There is a satisfying richness to the way Spielberg stages and shoots the action scenes of The Lost World. Stan Winston's animatronics and ILM's cg creations work wonderfully to bring the scenes to life as well.
While the story may not be as fresh as the original Jurassic Park, The Lost World matches the first movie in nearly every other way. The special effects, action, score, set design, cinematography, you name it, they all carry the same mark of quality as the original Jurassic Park. The Lost World: Jurassic Park does everything a big budget sequel should do. It's jammed packed with jaw-dropping special effects and pulse-pounding action, yet it stays smart enough and scary enough to feel fresh. It's summer entertainment at its finest and without question the best sequel to the ground-breaking original.
Creating a worthy follow-up to a major blockbuster is no easy task. But
if all the pieces are in the right place, it is not impossible. Four
years after the enormous success of Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg
took control of the director's chair once more in an effort to enhance
the franchise and add on to his already spectacular legacy. Did he
succeed? In the eyes of most critics, no. However, I applaud Mr.
Spielberg for an admirable effort and creating another crowd-pleaser,
even if it didn't match up to the high expectations.
On another personal note, I was very happy to see Jeff Goldblum reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm as he has always been my favorite character in the series. Since Malcolm is now more aware of the dangers of John Hammond's activities, his personality is less goofy and more serious this time around compared to his previous adventure.
It took several viewings for me to appreciate this film to its fullest. At first, it seemed weak because it sacrificed the philosophical messages that helped make the first film great to fit in more action. The philosophy is found in one of the key quotes by John Hammond. "Life will find a way." There *is* a point to all the chaos because it is all caused by the humans and their relentless desire to interfere with nature. Every tragic event seen in the film could have been avoided with sensibility and that is the message that is echoed throughout the entire series. Don't attempt to control the uncontrollable.
If there's one thing that makes the film worth watching, it has to be the special effects and the dinosaur animatronics. The infant T-Rex featured in this film is so lifelike that I often had to remind myself that it wasn't a real dinosaur. It was *that* convincing.
Also be on the lookout for Vince Vaughn (before he became the mega-star that he is today) as one of Hammond's researchers and a humorous scene involving a T-Rex in the modern world.
The Lost World is the sequel to the 1993 classic Jurassic Park. Whilst this film is not as good as the original it does stand up well as a sequel. Jeff Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm. Malcolm has been asked to return to another Island were Dinosaurs have been allowed to live without cages. Malcolm refuses but when he finds out his paleontolagist girlfriend is already there he goes with a team of documentariens to rescue her. However several accidents ensue and they are left stranded on the Island with a second party. The film does not have the all round strength of the first and is far more dependant on thrills and its visual effects this time round. It does however succeed as good entertainment and its better than the third installment in the franchise by quite a bit. The Dino sequences are handled well with the Raptors in the long grass being the highlight of those and quite possibly the entire film. The T-rex features strongly again ( and this time there's two of them) along with a new and nasty little green dinosaur compsagnathus. The acting is'nt Oscar worthy or anything like it but the characters do have some charm and when they are put in danger you care what happens to them which is always a good sign. It does suffer a little from a bloated and anti climatic ending that is funny for about 2 minutes but I wont spoil it for you none the less. I give the Lost World its high rating because it does exactly what it sets out to do, entertain us. So I think its fair we overlook some of its flaws as with any kind of blockbuster sequel they are always there.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Lost World is Steven Spielberg's follow up to the innovative
Jurassic Park, so how does it's sequel measure up by comparison? Well
it's far better than most have given it credit for. The Lost World is a
flawed film, but it's a film that set out to be different, and not just
a rehash of the previous film, something the newest film in the
franchise Jurassic World has done. Many seem to like Jurassic World for
how it "recaptures" the feel of the original film, but by comparison,
comes off as a pale soulless imitation of Jurassic Park.
The Lost World however, gets away from the theme park idea, and does something that wasn't expected. In The Lost World it is revealed that there was another island called Isla Sorna (Site B) that had dinosaurs that were bred, and raised before being brought to Jurassic Park, on Isla Nublar. The film starts with a wealthy family yachting, and stumble upon Isla Sorna, where their daughter is severely injured by little dinosaurs called Compsognathus that act like land Piranha.
Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, and is summoned by John Hammond for reasons unknown. Ian Malcolm is still a sarcastic character, much like he was in Jurassic Park, but his character is visibly different after the events of Jurassic park, he rarely laughs, or smiles, and Ingen has made Ian a laughing stock, after trying to create public awareness after what happened to him at the park. Hammond is also losing his credibility, after the incident at Jurassic Park, and Ingen has taken control away from Hammond, and given it to his arrogant nephew, named Ludlow, who Malcolm has clashes with.
Hammond tells Malcolm that he has been trying to preserve Isla Sorna, and protect it from human interference, but implies that the island is in danger of being pillaged for it's assets. Hammond say's public opinion could keep exploiters from removing the dinosaurs, but that in order to gain such support, a photo record must be obtained, which means sending people in to research, which Ian immediately disapproves of. This is until he finds out that his girlfriend, Sarah Harding a Paleontologists, has already gone to the island. This gives Malcolm as reason to go to a place he would rather never revisit again, as this dinosaur island has no fences of any kind, and the dinosaurs are free roaming.
Ian arrives to the island with two other companions Eddie Carr, a field equipment expert, and Nick Van Owen, a video documentarian as well as Malcolm's daughter Kelly (a unneeded character) who sneaks aboard the ship in one of the team's vehicles. Soon they find Sarah, and come across a herd of Stegosaurus, where Sarah has a close encounter when she gets to close to an infant Stegosaurus. The Lost World focuses a great deal on the nurturing habits of dinosaurs, which expands upon the first film, which tried to portray dinosaurs not only as movie monsters, but as animals. This film carries that idea further, and delves into how these animals act in a more naturalistic environment. The T-Rex's also have an infant, that gets injured by Ingen's team. Sarah, and Nick repair the baby's leg, but when the T-Rex's show up, they're less than appreciative, and wreck the trailers/vehicles, believing they have to defend their territory further.
This forces Malcolm, and his companions to join forces with Ingen's team headed by Ludlow, but lead by Roland Tembo, played by the late Pete Postlethwaite. Of course since both teams have different agenda's this leads to conflict. Regardless they come together to try and reach a communication center to get off the island. Of course along the way dinosaurs show up, resulting in casualties. After the group gets separated by the T-Rex's, Roland tranquilizes the male T-Rex. Ludlow then want's to bring it to San Diego, where a facility has been built to house the dinosaurs, since the dinosaurs captured earlier were released by Sarah, and Nick. This is where many people are left divided, some liking the T-Rex running around San Diego, and some hating it.
There's no denying that the way the T-Rex gets to the mainland isn't well executed, and makes little sense. It also may feel tacked on because it was, the original ending was different, but Spielberg felt the The Lost World needed a bigger ending, just as he did with Jurassic Park. While it may seem out of place, the entire film teases the idea of bringing dinosaurs back to the mainland. Malcolm, and Sarah find the infant T-Rex that was also brought back, and use it to lure the adult T-Rex, back to the cargo hold of the ship, where they both could be contained, and be brought back to the island. Not before the T-Rex causes some dino-damage down the streets of San Diego, which admittedly is neat to see.
The Lost World isn't as good as Jurassic Park, but it isn't as bad as critics, and "fans" alike have made it out to be. The Lost World has it's issues, such as underwritten plot elements/characters, and unneeded characters like Malcolm's daughter Kelly, but also has a strong cast/performances, and the effects are even more believable looking than in the first film. The animatronic dinosaurs looked even more convincing in The Lost World, especially the T-Rex's that had subtle changes made mechanically, making them much more lifelike. The CGI is also impressive, especially during the Compsognathus sequence that required the animation of several little dinosaurs. John Williams provides another great score for The Lost World, adding more tribal melodies to go with the mood, and look of the film. The Lost World may not be Spielberg's best film, but it's hardly his worst, and it's a decent, well made followup to a film that never really needed one.
It has been four years since Jurassic Park was destroyed and the island
Isla Nublar itself was drowned by a hurricane killing most of the
dinosaurs; now there is a new island (called Isla Sorna) that has been
genetically engineering the same animals, but abandoned the project
after the company InGen declared bankruptcy.
The film's short prologue introduces a rich family who are trying to enjoy their vacation on the beach of Isla Sorna, but their little girl wanders off into the jungles of the beach where she encounters a small dinosaur called a Compy in which she assumes it's a friendly creature, but turns out to have little friends of its own when they start pecking body parts of her off screen.
Jurassic Park survivor Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) returns to John Hammond (Richard Attenbrouogh) after being called upon. This time Hammond wants Malcolm to send in a team of specialists to go in and document the island where he wants to show the world that the dinosaurs are safe and not dangerous animals. Malcolm finds out that his girlfriend Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is already on the island and doesn't realize what she's getting into.
With the team on the island, they track down Sarah and realize that Malcolm has another surprise that his daughter Kelly has sneaked in one of the trailers and disobeyed her father's orders of staying on the mainland.
Another team is on the island not to document but to capture and retrieve the animals to make a zoo. The team is lead by Hammond's nephew Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard in a bad English accent) who wants to make a profit after the company InGen suffers a lost in profit and damage from the original Jurassic Park. He gets a big game hunter name Roland Tembo (Pete Postelwaite) who wants to bag a Tyrannosaurus Rex as his trophy.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is great entertainment; the special effects are twice worthy than the original. Though I find this film more frightening than the original, it reminds me of the film "Aliens" where the suspense gets bigger and twice as scary as the original.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is an above average sequel. I just saw it for the third time and I will still continue to fight for it. The script (although containing flaws) is a billion times better than its sequel, Jurassic Park 3. When I look back at the three times I've seen it (Theater, VHS, DVD) I saw very few flaws in an overall exciting movie. The biggest flaw is that the "wonder and amazement" were at a low level. This is mainly because we were exposed to it in the first film and it is hard to keep things fresh. Other than that, this film is one of the better sequels ever. Great action and adventure, (3 of 4 stars)
Steven Spielberg's sequel to his Syfy classic Jurassic Park not only
follows the same formula that fuels the fire of the original movie but
has a rhythm of it's own to be it's own film. It's a darker, sleeker
film this time around with a mean streak that delivers the goods ten
fold yet never forgets it's roots as an intelligent thriller with a lot
of heart. Jeff Goldblum once again provides the intelligent and
dramatic backbone that drives the story forward while Richard
Attenborough provides once again the majestic presence that makes this
movie meaningful. Throw in a wonderful and strong turn by Julianne
Moore and a strong scene stealing turn by the late great Pete
Postlethweite and you have a stronger cast of characters than you had
with the original.
Spielberg brings some of his best bag of tricks to this film as well with some of the most show stopping scenes in the series including a falling Trailer scene that has to be seen to believe and to this day, the most scary raptor attack ever put on film. While there are a few viewers who did not like the climax in San Diego, that climax still packs a fun, mean wallop that neither the two sequels that followed (The horrid Jurassic Park 3 and the so so Jurassic World) have top in their entire films.
While Spielberg and his main cast of characters did not return for the next two films in the series, nothing can take away from the sheer fun and excitement that The Lost World gives to the series. You never know, Spielberg could just come back again with his crew to bring the Jurassic Park series back to it's former glory.
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