RETRO MOVIE – This time, the reptilian zoo franchise features the search for a missing human being, adding to the difficulties of leaving the island.
They’ve tried to use all the creative ideas to bring the brand back in this part. The only thing missing was the deer crocodile, which I only encountered in the game’s adoption. Who understands this?
Erik, the 16-year-old ‘adventurer’, was stranded on the island for eight weeks when forced to make an emergency landing with a parachute that dropped from the ‘jet sky’. His parents are pulling out all the stops to find a suitable crew to find him.
In the Universal Picture and Amblin Entertainment co-production, it was disturbing to see the protagonists of the very first part split into two teams. Still, this time I was better off: the film starts with the publications of the well-known palaeontologist Alan (Sam Neill), aka raptor researcher. Thumbs up for strengthening the educational, scientific and perhaps a little fiction line. Now I understand why I mixed parts 2 and 3: in terms of quality, I would put it after the legendary park episode (in descending order). I would do this because T-Rex can also be boring, but we can see plenty of other creatures here, which the film presents beautifully. There’s simply a richer biosphere, and I finally saw enough Brachiosaurus enjoying the vegan life in herds.
Don’t scream & shout, don’t let it be loud…
We’ve seen some weird characters photo shooting in the wrong place, smoking (barbequing), or just shooting (shouting) the questions. All it takes is a bit of human insanity in the glowing jungle, and you’ve got your ‘arch-enemy’ for the day. For the big ones are at least as irritated by human screeching as we are by the battle roar.
The episode doesn’t go beyond the action-movie framework, there are casualties, but half the crew has enough luck to complete the survival mode. There is human evil, but more in the form of misdirection and in sneaky attitude.
Visually, it’s much more impressive than its predecessor; I’ll give it that. There are no real evil characters, the personalities are more nuanced, and we can root for most of the adventurers. However, what was missing was the building of parallel events into common meeting points. Other than that, the film goes its own way, building and surprising us with imaginative fights regardless of location.
Dinosaur eggs will not become scrambled eggs
In Jurassic Park III, there’s always a Darwin Award nominee who wants to steal a dinosaur or two. However, the giant predator not only attacks with its teeth but also with claw fingers. The acting is fine. Even the facial expressions are very telling, adding depth to the story and the human conflicts. Sam Neill’s acting, in particular, is exhilarating; I would recommend any acting student to play mixed or small emotions with such precision. The casting of Téa Leoni was also a great idea, to have her back two years later (in 2003) in Love, Actually.
Sure, there are some unbelievable scenes – what’s a mobile phone doing in the middle of a manure heap? – but the balance leans more towards excitement than a tiresome annoyance.
However, the complete lack of parallel events makes it all feel too much like a one-day adventure. There should have been another team looking for them, while the authorities could have had a sniff of the adventurers on the ‘Totem’ tour. There was enough idea + attention to deepen the velociraptor (raptor for short) species on the plus side. There are situations where you can talk to them or trick them in a foxy way.
However, I have to seriously think about what else to write about Jurrasic Park III, a worrying sign of the film’s complexity. For me, though, this episode was still better for visuals and lighter than its previous gloomy and generally darkly-set (albeit lit shots) counterpart. Joe Johnston (director) brought back what I had been missing: More idyll, sun, the appearance of lovable animals who also love humans – but not necessarily as prey. On the positive side, there is some subtle humour in the characters’ conflicts, which they tried to operate within the last part. But the first part is a cinematic glory in this genre, which only Jurassic World can continue in a way that also makes a lasting impression (and scratches) with its legendary creatures.
Jay P. Sonix