The Lost World: Jurassic Park


Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 317404


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Julianne Moore as Sarah Harding
Steven Spielberg as Popcorn-Eating Man
Vince Vaughn as Nick Van Owen
Peter Stormare as Dieter Stark
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756.31 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 9 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Danual 8 / 10

Brilliant till the end

This movie is great till the end when the TRex arrives in San Diego. How does a fully grown TRex locked in the cargo hold of a ship kill every one on board?

Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

Dark World Of Continuity

Movie Review: "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997)

With the highest attendance of moviegoers in the 1990s at an U.S. domestic opening weekend in May 1997 bringing in the total production budget of 73 Million U.S. Dollars in just three days of exhibition, Director Steven Spielberg returns three years after his fulminate Academy-Award-win of Best Director for "Schindler's List" (1993) at the Oscar Ceremony in its 66th Edition in March 1994, when the sequel to the director's biggest success "Jurassic Park" (1993), which had been also written as novel by author/director Michael Crichton (1942-2008), publishing five years after the first "Jurassic Park" novel from 1990, telling the story of cloned dinosaurs from 65 Million years ago, held for public attractions on an island in the south-east pacific.

"The Lost World" becomes a dark picture right from the opening scene of an ultra-rich family taking breaks from cruising the Pacific to menacing first dinosaur encounters under little girl as her mother screams, before leading actor Jeff Goldblum reprises his role of philosophical chaos-theory-indulging scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm, who gets triggered by final-on-screen-honors sharing actor/director Richard Attenborough (1923-2014), known for the biopic Best Picture Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982), when after 22mins 30sec the initial dinosaur-action scene takes place with further supporting cast from actress Juliane Moore as ex-girlfriend Sarah and Vince Vaughn as the character of Nick Van Owen, the sabotage-beneficiary as well as animal-freeing nature activist, who comes to short-end character arcs over show-stealing actor Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011) as great-big-five hunter Roland Tembo, who performs with such conviction by confronting a T-Rex single-handed with his rifle in an highlighted Full-Shot created by cinematographer Janusz Kaminiski and the digital engineers at Lucasfilm Ltd. affiliate Industrial, Light & Magic (ILM), which together with the nowadays more-disappearing live-action-animatronics by the Stan Winston Studio group had been raising the bare for contemporary visual effects in a still eye-catching summer event movie spectacle.

Music, production design and an cut-down 150-Minute-editorial to the theatrical 120-Minute final cut by editor and Spielberg trustee Michael Kahn present some weakening as mood-breaking moments, especially in the 10-Minute climax scene of cliffhanging protagonists under hammering attacks of two Tyrannosaurus Rex in heavy rain, constant mud-sprinkles and major product placement of the Mercedes-Benz car manufacturer, when humor on ordering fast food in life-threatening times of action gets in the way on order to dismantle shear unbearable beats of pressuring suspense, when I wished that the picture had been staying true to menacing as venturing soundscapes by sound effects editor Teresa Eckton and her associates, when the doubled showdown-overthrown screenplay adaptation by writer David Koepp gives one too many escape routes for Director Steven Spielberg to abandon hard-boiled thrills in covered-up methods of bloody R-rated violence, to become any family's hard candy of nevertheless splendidly-paced dark-matter actions of adventure.

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Reviewed by Callum McColgan 4 / 10

Occasionally thrilling, but often dull sequel

The Lost World is by most measures a somewhat decent blockbuster that is still able to offer a few punchy thrills despite its age, but lacks the sense of awe and wonder that defined the original, leaving something that feels empty and hollow by comparison.

The story in The Lost World is perhaps the single weakest point. The book its nominally based on of the same name carried a similar air of obligatory sequel that clearly sprouted from a desire to cash in on the success of the original rather than to expand meaningfully on it. Despite the workmanlike prose and comically over-the-top violence though, Crichton's sequel did at least offer some degree of substance with its long passages of scientific posturing. However incongruous and rambling it may have been, it gave the book enough meat to keep you reading.

The film strips this out and instead replaces it with irritating stock characters and pointless action. There's not a single dinosaur attack in this movie that isn't brought on by the character's own stupidity. This might be fine, but the screenplay doesn't seem to be aware of this and instead seems to expect us to root for these idiots, despite the fact that their actions are responsible for most of the deaths in this movie. And though Goldblum and Postlethwaite bring charm and weight to their roles (the latter playing perhaps the only intriguing character in this film), they're not enough to save the film's convoluted and muddled storyline from descending into mediocrity.

As for the action scenes themselves, they're of somewhat mixed quality. Most just feel contrived and forgettable, paling compared to the original. However, there are at least three particular scenes that stand out from the rest - the cracking window, the long grass and the harbour scene. These scenes are worthy of anything the first film could offer - tense, exciting, imaginative, awe-inspiring. I'd even go as far as to say that they're good enough to redeem the film and make it watchable, however much the story becomes mired in uneven messages.

The effects here are another highlight, despite the 97 CGI starting to show its age. Tthe dinos here are every bit as lifelike and terrifying to behold as they were in the original. But then why does this film still feel so lacking in awe? Even discounting the sequel problem, the whole film is rudderless, never sure if it's trying to convey a deeper environmental message or just be a dumb action film. The result is less a seamless blend than a stitched-together mashup, falling flat as both.

For me, The Lost World is the nadir of the Jurassic franchise. It has neither the awe of the original, the simple entertainment of the third, nor the big-budget-action of the fourth. It's not an outright bad movie, not quite - there are some truly fantastic moments, a handful of good performances, and the dinosaurs are as cool as one could hope for. Ultimately though, The Lost World would probably have been better off staying that way.

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