Cert: PG Runtime: 92 mins Director: Joe Johnston Cast: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan and Laura Dern
Great, just great. We’re in the worst place in the world and we’re not even being paid
Since Jurassic World is only a few days away now, I thought I would complete my set. Check out my Jurassic Park and The Lost World reviews. I will admit I will never enjoy Jurassic Park III, it’s a pretty bad film in my opinion. Colin Trevorrow has said that Jurassic Park III has been disregarded from Jurassic World, but it’s still a part of the franchise. After being persuaded by a wealthy businessman to conduct an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen’s second site for a failed Jurassic Park experiment, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) discovers the true reason for his invitation. A tragic accident maroons the party of seven, and they must attempt to escape with their lives.The original Jurassic Park was a film held together by good pacing, good cinematography, convincing actors, and of course the unfair advantage of being one of the first films to showcase photo realistic CGI effects. Jurassic Park was basically a special effects demonstration, but a well crafted one. With that said, Jurassic Park III has more in common with its predecessor than many would give it credit for. However, JP III lacks the fore mentioned finer points that made the original work. JP III is the Attack of the Clones of it’s respected franchise.
The acting is flat, quite flat. Even Jurassic Park veteran Sam Neil, who gave a solid performance as the charter Alan Grant in the first film, is stiff in his acting this time around. The other issue is the film’s pace. Jurassic Park had suspenseful timing. It would build up tension and then release it at well chosen moments. Jurassic Park III tries to just throw dinosaur themed action at you as fast as it can, without effectively building up the moment. As for the story, well it is actually pretty lame. It is a sad excuse for a sequel plot.The cinematography in Jurassic Park III isn’t poorly done, but it can’t compare to the cleverness of Jurassic Park’s constantly iconic and dramatically chosen points of view. Not all in this movie is bad. The dinosaurs themselves don’t disappoint. If anyone in Jurassic Park III should be nominated for best actor, it should be one of its CGI or animatronic cast members who are actually more convincing than the flesh and blood human cast. There are moments when it is a real challenge to tell apart the late Stan Winston’s practical dinosaurs from Industrail Light and Magic’s CGI ones. It is a pure delight to watch the roaring, hissing, winged, and clawed creatures interact with the scenery, fight, and destroy on the screen. If only they could tear apart the lame story and dull characters in the process.