Jurassic Park III (2001)
Critic Consensus: Jurassic Park III is darker and faster than its predecessors, but that doesn't quite compensate for the franchise's continuing creative decline.
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as Dr. Alan Grant
as Paul Kirby
as Amanda Kirby
as Billy Brennan
as Dr. Ellie Sattler
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Critic Reviews for Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park III exemplifies Hollywood's standard practice of stomping a brilliant concept beyond recognition.
At its best, it whips itself up into a nice, scary lather, but it shrivels to nothing between the set pieces, in an excess of fog, token bits of talk, and an absence of genuine, elemental awe.
Imagine my surprise, then, to find that Jurassic Park III not only beats the first JP and its sequel The Lost World into a cocked pith helmet, but also manages to be a perfectly enjoyable monster movie in its own right.
The latest sequel to Steven Spielberg's clever, scary 1993 original is even less necessary than Spielberg's borderline nonsensical (but still pretty entertaining) 1997 follow-up, The Lost World.
[This] sequel isn't terribly frightening or gory, and at times it's even atmospheric. It also has a sense of humor: Tea Leoni's moony reaction shots intentionally send up the glossy idealism of the original.
Audience Reviews for Jurassic Park III
The third installment is darker and edgier than its previous two but it's still not enough to impact its audience. Jurassic Park III's ominous tone may be a plus but the dull narrative doesn't do it just and ultimately becomes flat to add on to the franchise. 3/5
Here we are in the homestretch of this shaky trilogy, and people probably went into this movie, scared out of their minds about how it will compare to both the original and the terrible sequel. I truly believe it falls safely in the middle of both. It will never be considered as great as the first by any means, but it is eons better that the film that preceded it. As a boy and his father are lost on the island after wanting to view it, their family is out looking for them, and who better to trick into coming with them than doctor Grant. With much better effects, a solid story, and a script that cares about it's source material, "Jurassic Park 3" is a very entertaining film from start to finish. You can completely skip the second film and come to this. They have pulled the series out of the gutter.
An unnecessary sequel that only provides shallow thrills thanks to a few intense situations. The plot is a predictable series of loosely stitched together chase scenes, the characters are pretty stock, and the visual effects have certainly lost their wow factor (in fact they look even more dated than the first two). The actors do their best and having Sam Neill reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant certainly does not hurt matters but the cliche script provides little substance for the actors to work with. As long as you don't compare this to the first movie too much, their are some neat ideas at play. The bigger and deadlier Spinosaurus is a cool new addition to the franchise while the most original sequence involving the flying Pteranodons is also a decent highlight. If you can withstand a half-baked plot and dumb characters, then "Jurassic Park III" provides a decently short distraction, otherwise just watch the other two and skip this last entry.
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