Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Weak entry in the dinosaur saga has some scenes so scary they surpass the work done by Steven Spielberg in his previous two films (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), but without a good plot or any sense of excitement the result is still a dud. Sam Neill returns as Dr. Alan Grant, who is commissioned by a supposed millionaire and his wife to take them on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna (the island where the dinosaurs had been created in the second film) as an anniversary present to them. Little does he know that they plan on actually landing on the island. Naturally, all mayhem ensues, and let me tell you some of the scenes with the pterodactyls had me clinging to the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, the characters are tired, Neill isn’t the slightest bit solid and the dialogue is mundane. William H. Macy and Téa Leoni are quite fun as the foolish couple, and Laura Dern is lovely in a small (and stupidly manipulative) appearance as her character Ellie Sadler. The visual effects continue to be top notch, but the ending is terribly weak.
Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.
Music by Don Davis.
Production Design by Ed Verreaux.
Costume Design by Betsy Cox.
Film Editing by Robert Dalva.