Jurassic Park III (2001) Review

Director: Joe Johnston

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction, Thriller

Runtime: 92 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Here we go again. In 2001, a third installment in the Jurassic Park series was released, but it feels like little more than a cash-grab. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t feel necessary either. This time, one of the characters from the amazing original, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), is recruited by a wealthy couple, Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), to serve as a tour guide for them on their less-than-legal journey to a dinosaur-inhabited island off the coast of Costa Rica. They’re really starting to milk this franchise dry, aren’t they?

This far-fetched sequel brings just enough new ideas to the table to justify its existence. There are a few new creatures the audience hasn’t seen before and, with them, comes new ideas for action scenes. In fact, Jurassic Park III isn’t a whole lot more than a series of reasonably engaging set-pieces, one after another. There’s less drama this time around, but, if all you’re looking for is dino-action, you might have a good time.

John Williams does not return as composer here, with Don Davis filling his shoes. Don’t worry, though, the great musical themes from the first two entries in the series make bombastic appearances. The special effects may be a bit of a step up from the previous two pictures, but does it really matter that much? The characters are generally pretty well defined, which is a plus. It’s also the shortest Jurassic Park flick so far.

Okay, I felt some déjà vu watching this movie. It doesn’t quite do enough to separate it from the first two installments. That being said, I’m going to give it a passing grade, as it’s an agreeable watch. Jurassic Park III‘s not boring and it’s nice to see Sam Neill’s character return to the series, which feels exhausted at this point. Still, I can honestly say that I’ve seen much, much worse, so a lack of originality isn’t enough to sink the entire picture.

My rating is 7 outta 10.

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