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5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park 3
For anybody that likes both dinosaurs and to be scared out of their wits this is a must buy that can be watched over and over again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been more than an underrated potboiler.
Spielberg bailed. He was too busy bringing AI: Artificial Intelligence to the screen. Joe Johnston, a more than capable director himself, stepped in delivered a decent timewaster, but failed to give us anything new and didn't even bother to attempt an epic.

Above and beyond all things, what cripples Jurassic Park 3 the most is the brief running time. The film...
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Inspector Gadget


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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been more than an underrated potboiler., 7 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Spielberg bailed. He was too busy bringing AI: Artificial Intelligence to the screen. Joe Johnston, a more than capable director himself, stepped in delivered a decent timewaster, but failed to give us anything new and didn't even bother to attempt an epic.

Above and beyond all things, what cripples Jurassic Park 3 the most is the brief running time. The film fades out at the 84-minute mark, which is just unacceptable. The previous films were epics and both clocked in at over 2 hours. Why on earth did Universal take their biggest franchise at the time and cut it down to this? It beggars belief. The film feels like a TV pilot more than it does a cinematic event.

Strange since the budget was $30 million higher than Jurassic Park in 1993. But the effects have improved drastically in that 8 year gap. I was never too keen or impressed with the CGI in the first film. The dinosaurs just didn't look right, but if you dared to criticize the film at the time you would have been shouted down.

A lot of story concepts came and went before they, unimaginatively, settled on a "same again" scenario with yet another extended chase on Isla Sorna. Some of the scenes are even recycled unused sequences that never made the final script edit in the first two. At least they brought back Sam Neill as Alan Grant and had a small role for Laura Dern. William H. Macy provides great support too. It's good to see him do action for a change. And the kid in this one is far, far, far less aggravating than those annoying brats in the original film.

John Williams didn't return, instead leaving the scoring chore Don Davis who made an adequate, if hardly memorable, attempt. All the good stuff is Williams' themes from the other movies. And since he made a few themes for this one I will assume that any noteworthy cues within were actually Williams' contributions, and not Davis', who I have never really liked.

The action IS brilliantly done though, and the Spinosaurus, the new villain is quite scary. But just as it builds up to a big showdown,the film just...stops. What were they thinking? There's no payoff, no defining money shot. It just ends! That is my biggest problem with JP3. The familiar plot, and the lack of originality are forgivable, but rolling the credits at 84 minutes is a joke.

I still recommend it for the action, sound design and effect alone.

It's strange how these films are not on Blu Ray yet. Even on DVD the DTS sound design is unbelievably aggressive and powerful. Think of how good it would be in DTS HD-MA. And imagine the dinosaurs in 1080p. Come on Universal, get working on it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even close, 2 Mar 2006
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Not a great film. What made the first film great, and the second vaguely acceptable, is that they really suspended disbelief. In the same way all Spielberg films do. You really believed Jaws was after them, ET was from outer space, and scientists could bring dinosaurs back to life. If they didn't do that, then they become this, just another naff, yet vaguely watchable Hollywood movie.
So as such the plot is ludicrous, unbelieveable and full of holes. And the ending is unremittingly atrocious! It was obviously cut short by studio execs. If Sam Neil had woken up and it had all been a nightmare, it would have been a better ending!
And what they did to the music deserves a jail sentence. Not just getting someone else to write it, fair enough, John Williams is busy, but getting either a rubbish orchestra (it doesn't say who did it) or terrible sound technicians is really beyond the pale. The big trumpet tune is inaudible (if you disagree, watch the first films and compare), and the scoring and arrangement is definitely substandard. I'm fairly sure the London Symphony Orchestra would never agree to put their name to such tripe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reverse Darwinism - survival of the most idiotic.,, 18 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
8 years after the horrors of Jurassic Park, we find Dr. Alan Grant happy with his lot, nothing on Earth could coax him back on to one of the "InGen Islands." Trouble is is that Paul and Amanda Kirby, in the search for their missing son, get him to Isla Sorna without his knowing anything about it, and sure enough, dinosaurs are set to rule their evolved world once more.

Clocking in at just about 90 minutes, you sense that director Joe Johnston {Jumanji} knew he had to get in quickly, do his job, and get the hell out of Dodge ASAP. Sure enough, JP3 feels like {is} a quick coin in, dump a load of annoying characters on an island and see if they can survive being chomped on by dinosaurs. That the makers managed to get Sam Neil and William H. Macy on board with such a turgid script, is nothing short of amazing. Perhaps just as Neil's character is duped in the film, so shall it be in real life........

Still it's no abomination by any stretch of the imagination. Johnston, realising that the audience wants dino action, wastes no time in letting the critters loose on our motley crew. Which in spite of the child friendly nature of the piece {think more chase movie adventure than monster peril} is all rather spiffing and enjoyable. You may find yourself hoping the irritable Téa Leoni gets eaten, and you may find yourself laughing at some of Alessandro Nivola's scenes when you are not meant too {is that a Superman homage?}. But at least it's fun enough to get away with its bad points, thanks in the main to the creatures and the relatively short running time. 5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park 3, 27 Dec 2013
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For anybody that likes both dinosaurs and to be scared out of their wits this is a must buy that can be watched over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fear and RAPTORS!, 15 July 2014
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More dinosaur disaster on Isla Nublar. Can't wait for Jurassic World!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for son, 5 Feb 2011
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this DVD for my son who is into his Dinosaurs...He was over the moon with this purchase and hasn't put it down plus couldn't find it anywhere else but on Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious dinosaur caper, 7 Feb 2010
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A worried mother and father recruit dinosaur expert Dr. Alan Grant (Neill) into helping finding their missing son who disappeared in Isla Sorna, a dinosaur inhabited island.

The renowned success of Steven Spielberg's first Jurassic Park lives on today through its literal dynamic of action adventure and taking an ancient collection of creatures and encoding it into a modern society, which was brilliant. Sadly the Lost World diminished the respect of the first through conventional action sequences and atrocious array of protagonists and when this third number was scheduled for release in 2001 the word cash cow may have been uttered, and whilst this is true, there is redemption.

The opening sequence sees a man and a young lad paragliding near to Isla Sorna and after a bizarre fog shot they must let go of their rope and are soon flying into the island. From there the plot brings back a few familiar faces in Sam Neill's excellent Alan Grant and some new protagonists which are quite flimsy. William H Macy is the unlikely hero, Alessandro Nivola is the aspiring learner whilst Tea Leoni is cringe worthy as an exasperated mother.

Thankfully the different personalities match up in a blissfully tantalizing plot that introduces us to a Spinosaurus, pterodactyls and less compys. The problem with the second film was in fact the dinosaurs, too much action and trying to capitalise on the established usage of the first. Jurassic Park was brilliant because of their minimal screen time, less was most certainly more and that principal is close to being matched here.

Perhaps the Spinosaurus is used too frequently but bar that the extensive plotting of the other action montages are great. The raptor trap was brilliantly staged and I challenge anyone to admit they weren't a little scared when we saw the raptor in the centre.

Jumanji director Joe Johnston manages to effectively generate adrenaline through such well used shots during the dinosaur attacks but the tension is further mounted through the anticipation. He is very aware of the characters on the island and makes them isolated and with such dark lighting and negative protagonists this generates a fast moving plot that justifies its specified genre.

The score has improved since the last film as has the dialogue and scripting in general. There is no terrible humour more sweet jibes at others whilst the romantic intention between Macy and Leoni is initially corny this fades into desperation to find their lost son.

This is a fully packed adrenaline rush that is easy to watch and redeems the failure of the previous release and is a fine way to round off the series. Talks of a fourth release are still just talks and since author Michael Crichton passed away in late 2008 it is arguably best to leave the work on a high which captured his marvellous concept and generated some great big blockbusters that can be watched over and over again.

8.5/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars solid sequel thats better than the lost world, 8 Jun 2008
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
better than the rubbish lost world this is an entertaining romp thats got some excellent set pieces,but it does end abruply
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-creates the wonder of the original., 18 Nov 2008
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The Lost World:Jurassic Park, I'm sorry to say, made me lose interest in the franchise. This film, however, restores the film series to its best. Alan Grant, the hero of the original, is now a more bitter character who is tricked into going to an island where the genetically-bred dinosaurs are roaming. This film barely has a dull moment. The Spinosaurus is a terrifying creation and the scene in the crashed aeroplane is easily an all-time great dinosaur movie moment. With its real, sympathic characters and its brilliant and tense dinosaur scenes, this is a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best yet, 14 Aug 2007
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This is what you expect from a dinosaur film. Better than the other two, just straight into the action. sit back and enjoy. Brilliant
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