The Lost World: Jurassic Park


(out of 5)

Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park that beefs up the dinosaur scenes but skimps you on the character development and the sense of wonder that made the first one so exciting. It’s been four years since the disaster on the original island, and billionaire eccentric  has sent a team of researchers to an island near the first one where the dinosaurs were actually engineered. The plan is to monitor their life and habitat since they were abandoned by the scientists who made them.   returns to put a stop to any mad idea about going anywhere near the place, but when he finds out that his scientist-photographer girlfriend () has already left to begin her work early, he declares the mission one of rescue instead of research and heads up the team on their journey. Now they must contend with even more giant monsters than originally seen last time around, plus some corporate blood-suckers intent on transporting the animals back to mainland USA for exhibition. Steven Spielberg directs with a complete lack of devotion to the project, most likely because he was preparing Amistad and Saving Private Ryan while he was making it, and so while the proceedings here are fun (the Godzilla-ripoff ending being a particular point of ludicrous joy), it’s never all that involving. Moore comes off the best of the bunch (because, let’s face it, she’s just the best period), and a great score by John Williams helps too.

Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates

USA, 1997

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal M. Dutra, Michael Lantieri)

Razzie Award Nominations
Worst Screenplay (David Koepp)
Worst Remake or Sequel
Worst Reckless Disregard For Human Life and Public Property



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