Jurassic Park III (2001)

2001 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

User Score: 62/100


A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island.

Jurassic Park III (2001) is an American science fiction adventure movie that is the third installment in the Jurassic Park film series that is filled with action. It is the first film in the series that Steven Spielberg did not direct and were the first film in its series that is not based on a Michael Crichton book. With that said, a lot of scenes were taken from Michael Crichton’s novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World. The movie had an estimated budget of $93 million and grossed over $368 million worldwide. Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Jumanji (1995), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)) excelled at following in Spielberg’s footstep and making this movie an enjoyable watch.

Jurassic Park III revolves around Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill - Jurassic Park (1993), Event Horizon (1997), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) being tricked into helping a couple find their missing son. Dr. Alan is a world-famous paleontologist that survived Isla Nublar alive without taking incidence. Paul and Amanda Kirby’s (Téa Leoni - Deep Impact (1998), The Family Man (2000), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)) son, Eric went parasailing with his friend Ben around the island of Isla Sorna. Paul (William H. Macy - Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011), Pleasantville (1998)) owns a hardware store but poses with ex-wife Amanda as a wealthy couple. They offer to fund Dr. Alan’s research if he gives them an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. Dr. Alan agreed, thinking that he will only be giving them an aerial tour and opposed the idea of landing on the island. He was soon knocked out and later awakes to a bullhorn being blown by Amanda. The movie began to capture my undivided attention after the bull horn gains the attention of a Spinosaurus, which kills one of the men. The Spinosaurus also caused the plane to crash into trees, taking another life by devouring him and destroyed the plane that was the only transport. As the group ran for their life thinking they are clear of danger; they encounter a Tyrannosaurus Rex. They survived their encounter after the Spinosaurus returns and the two dinosaurs fight while the group escapes. The movie goes on to being an enjoyable entertaining watch with one disaster after another.

The movie was a great watch, contains good acting but not perfect, excellent special effects with good sounds, excellent cinematography, and good music. The directorial skills were good but could have been better. I frown upon the ending as it appears rushed and chaotic as if there was short of time, and everything had to be pushed into a time frame. I gave this movie a seven because it deserves every ounce of it for being an entertaining watch that almost all age groups can enjoy if viewed with an open mind.

About Jurassic Park III (2001)

Title: Jurassic Park III
Year: 2001
Starring: Sam Neill, John Diehl, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Bruce French, Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Michael Jeter, Laura Dern, Linda Park, Taylor Nichols, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Blake Michael Bryan, Sarah Danielle Goldberg, Sonia Jackson, Bernard Zilinskas, Rona Benson, Frank Clem, Karin M. Gaarder, Edward C. Gillow, Brad Everett Young, Craig Richards, Bruce A. Young, Mark Harelik
Director: Joe Johnston
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 13 users. Votes: 13.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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