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Wednesday, 9 March 2011
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) leads a scientific research team to Sorn Island, where Hammond (Richard Attenborough) first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. There they run into a team of hunters lead by Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite), who wants to take a T-Rex back to San Diego, with disastrous consequences.
Visually this is a good film, with the dinosaurs being just as bold in size, and with just as much attention to detail going into their skin, and sharpness brought to their teeth and claws, as wel as how they stand out, all of which makes them look very ferocious and feel real. The most spectacular scene is the T-Rex's climactic rampage through San Diego, which is a very destructive depiction of a disregard for human life, truly dominated by the spectacular dinosaur, who can be considered the real star of both this film and the 1993 original.
The screenplay is the film's major flaw, adapted from a poor standard novel, which was written in 1995 to answer the public demand for more Jurassic Park/to cash in on the fan base the original film generated. Filled with underdeveloped characters, and too many events which are just there to fill the 2 hours 10ish minutes running time, there is also a major lack of banter between the characters and a lot less interesting scientific information, both of which really added to the magic of the original film's screenplay.
We are also offered a pretty poor cast, featuring from almost all the actors within the film, very bored and unenthusiastic performances, many of which also just feel rather forced and even as underdeveloped as the characters they are playing, which especially disappoints in the cases of Goldblum and Postlethwaite. At the end of the day one can be forgiving as they weren't exactly given brilliance to work with.
All-in-all this is a poor attempt to recreate the magic of the original, but it achieved what was clearly its primary goal of box office success (over $618.6 million worldwide at the box office), but achieves little else.
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, Richard Attenborough, Arliss Howard, Vanessa Lee Chester, Peter Stormare, Harvey Jason, Richard Schiff, Thomas F. Duffy, Thomas Rosales Jr, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello.
Oscar nomination: Best Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randy Dutra, Michael Lantieri).