Cert: PG Runtime: 129 mins Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Pothleswhaite, Vince Vaughan, Arliss Howard and Richard Attenborough
Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming
Jurassic World has picked up a lot of momentum recently, with only a few months before release I thought I would re-watch The Lost World. Let’s face it there was no real story leading up to the sequel but it happened anyway. A quick dollar can always be made off a blockbuster Speilberg will always know this with Jaws 2. Jurassic Park was the first film I ever saw in the cinema and it really molded my love for cinema and dinosaurs in the early 90’s. What is The Lost World: Jurassic Park about then? With the apparent public discovery of the ‘Site B’ production island full of dinosaurs, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) assembles a team to visit and document the area before it is exploited by others. Included in the four man team are Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and his girlfriend, Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore). When the team reaches the island, they soon discover the presence of another group of people. This new group however are not there for biological data but instead have something more sinister in mind. After a series of events, both groups become stranded when all their communication equipment is lost. It is then that the terror really begins as both groups scramble for their lives.
The Lost World has a few gimmicks. For one, there are two Tyrannosaurs this time around. Twice the dinos means twice the fun, right? Well, not necessarily, but the added dinos were certainly welcome.Do you insist on some emotional depth or intellectual stimulation when you watch an action flick? this film probably isn’t for you. But if you kick back and relax, and just turn off your brain, this is one wild ride. Still, the run time is a bit excessive. The Lost World lasts 2 hours and 10 minutes, and I was left pretty exhausted after the first 100 minutes. So while the last half hour is perfectly thrilling, and still plenty of fun, it also felt a bit unnecessary, and a bit tacked on.The characters, like the original, aren’t particularly developed. After all, they’re not the main attraction here. But for the most part, they’re likable when they need to be, and unlikeable when they need to be.The acting is unimpressive.They only need to use some big words to describe the equipment they’re using, and be able to show obvious signs of terror. As a result, the actors easily fit into their roles, though I couldn’t help but hope for more impressive performances considering the talented players here; Jeff Goldblum, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, etc. Richard Attenborough brings plenty of charm to his character though, reprising his role as John Hammond from the original. The special effects are rather poor compared to the original, for me 1993 stands the test of time but Lost World just seems cheap. This is during the CGI revolution I understand this but when you compare the original to the sequel it’s pretty poor. John William’s score, while lacking the iconic nature and grand scale of the original, is still good enough. This being our second visit to Jurassic Park, I knew what to expect. Lots of dinosaurs, moments of awe at the beginning, moments of terror everywhere after that, and stupid humans thinking they can control it all. I even made a few light-hearted attempts at guessing those who wouldn’t live to see the end credits. But that may be the biggest issue for some; The Lost World doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the original. Still, considering how much fun the original was, that didn’t bother me too much.