Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Theatrical Poster
IMP Awards
This film is not in the Empire 500.

The second in the modern Jurassic Park films, The Lost World featured grand cinematography, but combines it with the weakest storyline of the trilogy.

The dinosaurs have been bred on a separate island to that where the majority of the first film was set. Isla Sorna is every bit as terrifying as the first island, with the ancient beasts thriving in their uninterrupted habitat. This island is discovered by an unfortunate cruising couple who - presumably - are the islands first human victims.

Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is summonded by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) - the creator of the original Jurassic Park and invited to go and study Isla Sorna. Initially reluctant, he is informed that his paleontologist girlfriend Sarah (Julianne Moore) has already been sent to the island to carry out research. Feeling blackmailed he heads out to see the creatures in their natural habitat.

Naturally, with human loss news spreads and a big-game hunting team are out to bring the dinosaurs to a new Jurassic Park based in San Diego. Ian Malcolm is forced to look out for not only his own life, but also the dinosaur's as the hunters begin to cage the beasts - with the ultimate prize of the bull Tyrannosaur. Ultimately, the film ends up in San Diego, with the Tyrannosaur running riot.

The film can have many contemporary comparisons in film. Aside from the obvious others from the series, the biggest is probably Godzilla. The scene in San Diego is so much similar to Godzilla that one scene looks as though it was almost lifted directly from the Godzilla blueprint. The second is King Kong where the storyline is very, very similar.

Despite the groundbreaking effects, the storyline feels so lifted that it is disappointing in places.

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