Jurassic Park III

JurassicPark3The audience must make several assumptions throughout the plot of Jurassic Park III, though few are probable. The degree of realism and character development (the human characters in this case) strengthens the emotion of the movie.  Jurassic Park III gets a low to fair rating, but still entertains the audience on a high level.

Again, the human characters, most notably Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), find themselves on a Costa Rican island inhabited by dinosaurs produced by the Engen Company (their mention is kept to a minimum). Grant still has his awe-filled respect for the dinosaurs, which has naturally turned a bit fearful due to his last trip to an Engen dinosaur site.

Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, Timecode) plays Billy Brennan, one of Dr. Grant’s capable assistants of his paleontology program that uses traditional archeological excavations to learn about dinosaurs.

Laura Dern, reprising her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler from the first Jurassic Park film, interacts with Grant in beginning scenes.

Amanda, played by Tea Leoni (Deep Impact, Family Man) and Eric, played by William H. Macy (State and Main, Fargo), complete the team bound for the dinosaur site along with Udesky, played by Michael Jeter, Nash, played by Bruce A. Young, and Cooper, played by John Diehl.

Trevor Morgan (The Patriot, The Sixth Sense) plays Eric, a child character who gets thoroughly involved in the action opposed to a likeable, but passive kid always depending on the adults for safety and protection.

Dinosaurs continue to be the real stars of this movie series, as new additions such as the Pterodactyl, the Spinosaur, and the Ankylosaur, which deserves more screen time than one passing camera shot, improve an already appealing mix including the always antagonistic Raptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Once humans reach the island, the action doesn’t let up until the ending, except for a few rest stop reflections including an interesting analogy Dr. Grant has about mankind.  The characters don’t get much time to reflect over the past experiences and tragedies though, as each instance is quelled by the actions of the diverse dinosaurs.

Joe Johnston (Jumanji) does a good job taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg who acts as executive producer.  He doesn’t uses as many inventive lighting techniques as his predecessor, but keeps the action-filled screen flowing amid set designs of abandoned equipment and facilities among dense vegetation.

Music score composer Don Davis (Matrix and the two upcoming sequels) produces a good musical score that’s basically built on John Williams classic musical scores from the two previous Jurassic Park movies.  Williams receives a musical theme credit for this movie and author/director Michael Crichton gets a character writing credit.

Stan Winston again does a great job with the special effects, most notably a scene where the human characters are running amidst a mobile dinosaur herd.

Jurassic Park III has plenty of jump out of your seat thrills as the human characters experience the ultimate survival experience.  The human characters get very close to the dinosaurs throughout this 1 hour and 32 minutes film.  A plot packed with many characters and a bonus filled opening credit sequence can be seen as an attempt to compensate for the short running time, but the length doesn’t really diminish the enjoyment of the film.  Recommended with reservations and rated PG-13 for intense dinosaur action and violence.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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