Rapid Review: Jurassic Park III (2001)

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“With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions.”
– Dr Alan Grant

SYNOPSIS: Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer and his wife on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen’s former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they’re terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem, and the island’s native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined. – via IMDB

jurassic park 3 spinosaurus vs t-rex

GRADE 6.5Alrighty, and we are back! I must admit, that when I was a kid I went and saw this, I was not a fan when I left the cinema. Maybe it is because I watched the crap out of Jurassic Park because there was a VHS available, unlike The Lost World. However, rewatching this recently, I much preferred this one to the last one. It just worked better. I was so happy to have Sam Neill’s Alan Grant back – as fun as Ian Malcolm can be (and Golblum played him wonderfully), he certainly needs a character like Alan to level him out. Well, here we were, with the serious, grouchy, awesome Alan Grant, and he is thrust back into the world of dinosaurs and it is so not what he needs. Ellie is in for just a tad, and then she is gone, which is a pity because she was very cool. The spinosaurus was also pretty badass and a refreshing change from what we have seen. The one scene that showed a proper creepy moment for the spinosaurus is when the family is, of course, reunited, and you hear that satellite phone ringing, and when Alan and Eric turn around, the spinosaurus is just watching them, sizing them up. I think the dinosaurs looked pretty good, and I could even deal with the flawed logic (again!!) that presents itself throughout the movie because we are on an adventure. Maybe not the best, but an adventure nonetheless. Some of the humour was exceptionally juvenile, which I was not a fan of. The story is also pretty unimaginative and mostly bland, but still better than the last. I also really liked how this was more like the first movie in the sense of a smaller group of people on an island, out to survive. That isolation was something I missed so much in the last movie. Something that grated on me was Téa Leoni’s Amanda. I just wanted to slap her silly the whole time. She was hysterical and annoying. I really am not a fan of the way that Jurassic Park has a strong female lead, and then all the other female leads thereafter have to be these excessively whiny, silly women. It’s offensive. For serial. While not a perfect movie by a long shot, I feel that Jurassic Park III endures far more hate than is necessary. 

16 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Jurassic Park III (2001)

  1. Great review mah bestie!

    I have to say, it was a recurring problem in the subsequent Jurassic Park movies – annoying females. They wrote Ellie so well in the first one, but the rest is just SO wrong. Meh

    Free-elf kidney

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  2. Excellent review! I’m with you on this one, in as much as it isn’t a film that warrants hate – yet it isn’t pulling any trees of originality either. I reviewed it a few years ago and spotted some striking similarities with the plot for James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.

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  3. I actually liked that the couple wanted to get back together after the experience. And William Macy was the perfect choice for that awkward character that botched everything up. Love when he tells Grant, no I’m actually in plumbing supplies sales. Thought this film was better than JP2 by a long shot. They tried to fit too much into JP2…did I say this already on the JP2 post?

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  4. Hi Zoe! I barely remember anything from this one, so never a good sign. It’s such a letdown from the first one which is still as spectacular when I saw it recently as when I saw it for the first time years ago.

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  5. Great ending line Zoe. I have to say that I do like this film as well, it’s Jurassic Park, stripped down and raw. Some of the deaths/attack sequences in this scarred me when I was younger! Like the pterodactyl cage scene. Ugh. That part was rough. Spinosaurus rules!!!!

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    1. 🙂 I am glad to see this movie getting more love than usual! That spinosaurus was awesome (gosh, my other half is a HUGE fan of the thing) and that cage scene was done really well – it looked amazing!

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      1. Oh yeah, and forgot to mention. I share your annoyance over Tea Leoni in this movie. God she was bad. I am actually not that much of a fan of her in general, really.

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