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I never cease to be amazed at how (a) multiple screenwriters can leave plot holes big enough to drive a truck (hell, a 747) through, and (b) a film company can spend $15M on a TV production and yet not spend a few thousand dollars on some bona-fide (not pseudo) scientific consulting to at least make the sci-fi plausible. Throwing together a haphazard technobabble bouillabaisse referencing every speculative idea that has appeared in Discovery Magazine or Scientific American in the last couple of years is no substitute for working out a solid plausible sci-fi extension of reality as a basis for the plot points. In the original novel, Crichton did it on spec as a grad student in medical school, for God's sake!! A weak effort at best, falling far short of the original movie.
What an utter waste of money and an embarrassment for the Scotts. If I were Michael, I would be furious, if I cared. I completely agree with the previous negative comments and remain depressed at how poorly this remake was executed. What a damned shame because an excellent opportunity was completely blown.
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