Jurassic Park III

2001 • 92 minutes
4.2
3.74K reviews
49%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Téa Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem, and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller.
Rating
PG-13
4.2
3.74K reviews
Matt Wilkinson
April 9, 2015
Certainly my least favorite of the JP films. Very little character development and the CGI seems worse than the original. My biggest complaint however is probably Joe Johnstons campy directing style. Made the movie feel like a satire or a bad syfy channel movie.
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Kyle Vansteelandt
October 28, 2021
I can't believe that this third installment takes place on the same island that we visited in "The Lost World"; We get to go to Isla Sorna again. That's because there is a young boy named Eric (Trevor Morgan) who has been stuck on this Island for eight weeks. It is up to his parents who are divorced to find Eric and save him, with the help of good ol' Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil has returned). Based on the premise, most of this third installment feels more like a simple film. But I enjoy simple movies, as long as they have been done right. How did this simple film turn out? It is quite captivating, but not as great as my anticipation suggests at all; The film has a shorter running time, and compared to the first two films in the franchise, there is nothing sophisticated about it either. Unlike the previous predecessors, this one is not directed by Steven Spielberg, and the score here was not composed by John Williams. Instead, it's directed by Joe Johnston (the director of Jumanji), and the score is composed by Don Davis. Joe Johnson's direction does not have enough impact as the first two, because his direction is not as efficient as Spielberg's direction, but there are some surprises that Joe has staged quite well, thanks to the suspense that he has handled. There are some situations during the action scenes are enough to make me cringe for acceptable results. Don Davis's score for this third installment is faithful to the scores of it's predecessors that John Williams provided (if not entirely memorable). As for the characters, Eric is an interesting young man; he has survived on this island for eight weeks with his independence and bravery. The interaction between him and Alan seemed nice to watch, as for the fact that they both have something in common and they have some feelings for each other. One character named Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola) has stolen eggs that belongs to the Velociraptors, but why? I don't think there is an answer, or did I miss something because of how quick the movie progresses. If there was no answer than it's superficial and questionable. The characters here are simple, but some are superficial and there is not much character development. By the way the whole film feels superficial; there is not much depth, there is hardly any themes here (nothing but survival and bravery). As far as the effects goes, the CGI here have delivered much better execution than the animatronic Spinosaurus, because the maneuverability does not make it look realistic as it moves kind of slow and stiff compared to the animatronics from the first two movies. One high praise for this film goes to the main antagonist of the film: The monstrous Spinosaurus is a giant among all other theropods (the world's biggest carnivorous dinosaur, much bigger than the ferocious Tyrannosaurus); sixty feet long, nine tons heavy. This is an apex predator with unsurpassed strength, no enemies at all, and has a vicious temperament that makes the Spino bold enough to take on other large theropods, even the fearsome Sarcosuchus (super croc), and win! The Spino has an arsenal of lethal weapons: Twelve-inch claws like huge meat hooks strong enough to puncture through tough scaly skin and capable of providing a tenacious grip. The long muscular arms are strong enough to knock any enemy senseless. He has six-inch sharp teeth attached to the huge jaws that represents a crocodile. The Spino even has the indomitable will to survive in harsh disasters like volcanic eruptions for example. It all adds up to make the Spinosaurus the ultimate terrestrial predator. I wish all of this was mentioned in the movie but they weren't because again, it is quite superficial. In conclusion: While The third installment may be captivating, it is the weakest of the "Jurassic Park" franchise; it feels like a totally different movie, and I wish the Spinosaurus is in a much better movie. 2.5/5 Skip it.
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Kenner Garcia
May 8, 2016
As a kid, I enjoyed this movie a lot, now I'm 13, decided yo watch it again, halfway through the movie, I turned the TV off, and went to bed early. Then I decided to watch a better movie. It has many problems, the main one being that the script sounds like a 5 year old wrote it. Don't watch it.
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