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Director Steven Spielberg takes us back to the scene of Jurassic Park in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the blockbuster sequel with even more dinosaurs, action and Academy Award nominated visual effects. Four years since the disaster at Jurassic Park, two groups are in a race against time that will determine the fate of the remote island’s prehistoric inhabitants. Featuring an all-star cast including Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn and Pete Postlethwaite, this action-packed thrill ride will leave you on the edge of your seat...again!
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I also watched this with my granddaughter and she caught the seven years thing was not handled properly. However, we still enjoyed watching the movie. That is until the movie started buffering a little more than half-way through.
The service did make it up to us by refunding their fee. This was something they didn't have to do and I never expected them to do it. It did make me feel better about using their service again.
It's a series of horrible decisions by a supposedly intelligent female lead character that everyone can see is a bad idea and gets loads of people killed. This isn't nearly as interesting or well written as the first one and Jeff Goldblum's character is just a sad changed man since his fun and funny character in the previous film.
The story is that Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), the chaos mathematician and Cassandra of the first film, is back amongst the dinosaurs even though he does not want to be. But his girlfriend, Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is already on Island B and so Ian is off to the rescue. The idea is that in addition to the island with Jurassic Park on it John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) had a second island, Isla Sorna, where dinosaurs were also being bred and allowed to run around with even more liberty (to wit, no electrical fences or any other barriers). So Ian joins Sarah, nature photographer Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn), gadget expert Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff), and to everyone's surprise, Ian's daughter Kelly (Vanessa Lee Chester).
The group has enough problems when they make the mistake of rescuing a baby T-Rex with a broken leg, but then Hammond's nephew, Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard) shows up with legendary big game hunter Roland Tembo (Pete Postlehwaite) and his merry men. Ludlow wants to round up some dinosaurs to take back to the San Diego Zoo while Tembo wants the chance of a lifetime to hunt and bag a T-Rex buck. Malcolm keeps warning everybody that death and screaming is the inevitable result of fooling around with Mother Nature when it comes to bio-genetically engineered dinosaurs, but if anybody listened to him where would the fun be?
For me the reference point is the T-Rex attack sequence in "Jurassic Park," which I think is, from a cinematic standpoint, the best in director Stephen Spielberg's career. Anything that happens in a dinosaur movie, whether it is by Spielberg or anybody else, gets judged against the standard of that sequence. I still have a vivid memory of sitting in the theater at the first midnight showing of the film watching that sequence and thinking it would terrify my son, who was still in grade school, and how would I ever explain to him that he could not see this movie? (He saw the movie, I got him a neon bedspread that we still have, and he wants to be a military historian, so it turned out okay). The bottom line with "The Lost World" is that there is nothing like that here.
The best sequence in the film is actually somewhat tangential to the dinosaurs, having to do with a vehicle on the side of a cliff. There is also a very effective shot of a group of velociraptors moving through the high grass to start picking off the harried survivors. But if we are talking about anything as terrifying as that original T-Rex attack sequences, then there is nothing close. For that matter we are, for the most part, missing the sense of shock and awe over the presence of real, living, and breathing, dinosaurs that you can see and touch. The first time we see dinosaurs in this film, a family of stegosaurs, is not even close to that same moment in the first film. But then most of the characters in the film treat the dinosaurs like commodities or special effects. The only two characters who really seem like they are interacting with real dinosaurs are Sarah and Tembo, although their positions on the beasties are polar opposites. It could simply be because Moore and Postlehwaite are the two best actors in the film, each working to make potentially stereotypical characters (damsel in distress, big game hunter) into something more realistic. Goldblum is still too much of the anti-hero to be an action star, but fortunately the film does not try to make him into one.
"The Lost World" is still enjoyable because it is still Spielberg on the other side of the camera running the show and even while there are comic moments he does not back off from the fact that these animals are more than willing to gobble up people (sometimes he combines the comedy and eating as with the dog in the backyard who has to guard the house against a T-Rex). Spielberg made the movie because of the final sequence, which gets a dinosaur off the island and back to California for some mayhem in the streets and if the film was going to bump up to the next level that was where it gets to happen, but the end result is pretty pedestrian (actually, lots of pedestrians, as well as people in cars and buses). Still, it is a Stephen Spielberg dinosaur movie, which is not a bad way to spend an evening in the safety of your own home.
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