02 August 2007

Radar Blips - Jurassic Park III

The Year: 2001

The Players: The main paleontologist from the original returns (Sam Neil), and William Macy and Tea Leoni join up as well

The Take: $181 Million

Was there a Jurassic Park 3 book?: Nope after Jurassic Park 2, they stopped pretending these movies were based on Michael Crichton novels.

Why you should see it: This is not a great movie, but it is much improved after JP 2. It is basically just 90 minutes of running from new dinos with a high body count. This time the Spinosaurus is introduced and presented as tougher than T-Rex. Also, the pterodactyls finally get a chance to terrorize. The always scary raptors have now developed the ability to talk to each other, so they are supposedly tougher than ever, but only if you steal their eggs. Its not too long a movie, and is worth checking out for fans of the original. Sorry, no chaos theory in this one. But also, not lame chase through San Diego either.




2 comments:

ToddM326 said...

I believe that the scene in the pterodactyl cage was from the original book, but it was never included in the first movie.

The whole movie, to me, came across as a movie version of an action video game. Here is this scene, with this challenge. If you survive, you move onto the next challenge. I thought that Van Helsing was the same way, where each secion of actual character dialogue only served to set up the next action sequence.

At the same time, it is complete summer popcorn fluff, and was worth the matinee price.

finky the kid said...

I was rather disappointed with this flick. It was "summer popcorn fluff" at its core, but I was hoping for something more redeeming.

And the pteradactyl scene was pretty much straight out of the first book.