Jurassic Park III: Dead in the Water

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have Jurassic Park III.

JURASSIC PARK III

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DIRECTED:  Joe Johnston

STARRING: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Michael Jeter

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United States

jp3pi0Dr. Alan Grant is now a happy man with the previous incidents of Jurassic Park now behind him. Grant is that happy that he announce in public, that nothing on Earth can persuade him back onto the islands. Maybe nothing, except Paul Kirby. Kirby and his wife, Amanda want a plane to fly them over Isla Sorna, with Dr. Grant as their guide. But not everything Kirby says is true. When the plane lands, Dr. Grant realizes that there is another reason why they are there, that he doesn’t know of. Now, Dr. Grant is stuck on an island he has never been on before, with what was a plane journey now turned into a search party.

Alright, now it is time for the third film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Since I haven’t seen any of the first three Jurassic Park films since I was younger, lets just say that it was a rather interesting viewing. It was nice seeing a few of the characters from the past few films, and while I hated his character, William H. Macy added a small amount of charm to a film that severely needed it. The dinosaurs were still decently animated, but I missed the animatronics of the first film.

jurassic-park-iii3I have to say that Jurassic Park III was the most disappointing in the entire franchise. What made the first and second films even relatively decent was absolutely thrown out the window in order just to make a couple of bucks. First off, the set up to get Dr. Grant back to another island was absolutely stupid. What a waste of storytelling potential. While I did expect that Jurassic Park III would be an absolute terrible mess, it avoided that by just the smallest of margins.

PROS:

  • Reoccurring characters.
  • New characters.
  • A comedic charm.
  • Decent CGI.

CONS:

  • Pore storytelling.
  • Horrible set up.
  • Waste of a potentially decent story.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Jurassic World – Chris Pratt and His Dinosaur Family!

Hello everybody! For this week’s Newish Movie Show we have the major blockbuster hit Jurassic World.

JURASSIC WORLD

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DIRECTED: Colin Treverrow

STARRING: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, Irrfan Khan

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States
150608103918-jurassic-world-training-780x43922 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island?

So what is our take on Jurassic World you didn’t ask? Jurassic World certainly gives the task a swimming good try to be the followup/reboot that Jurassic Park needed. I actually enjoyed many of the performances from the main cast, but I would not have picked Chris Pratt for the leading role. The ending is actually quite sincere and happy-go-lucky, which adds to the more upbeat tone of the film. Did I mention the CGI? By far the best part of the entire film, as the dinosaurs look absolutely phenomenal. At least they got that right.JURASSIC-WORLD-15-1940x1042

Don’t worry guys, this is definitely not the last Jurassic Park review you will be seeing here at Media in Review. Well unfortunately I was not a fan, as the film in its entirety was spoiled for me by a friend who saw the film on opening night. I did finally get around to seeing it, and it definitely didn’t blow me away. The plot was meh at best, as it was trying way to hard to be Spielberg’s Jurassic Park instead. I mean sure, in prep it could have been a decent idea, but in execution, I believe they missed the mark. Not by much, but it was definitely missed. I would have been much more satisfied with an entirely new film marking the reboot of the series.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Sincere ending.
  • Light tone.
  • Amazing CGI.

CONS:

  • Disappointing plot.
  • Too much homage to Jurassic Park.
  • Missed the mark.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park, San Diego Anyone?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK

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DIRECTED: Steven Spielberg

STARRING: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States

jp2Four years after the failure of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, John Hammond reveals to Ian Malcolm that there was another island (“Site B”) on which dinosaurs were bred before being transported to Isla Nublar. Left alone since the disaster, the dinosaurs have flourished, and Hammond is anxious that the world see them in their “natural” environment before they are exploited.

Alright now it is time for the second film in the Jurassic Park series. I have to say, since I haven’t seen any of the original Jurassic Park films since I was younger, so it was a rather interesting second viewing. While the dinosaurs have lost the awe-inspiring feeling from the original Jurassic Park, they just happen to be created the American way this time around. Everything has to be bigger to be better, and this time it actually shows. I was impressed by the special effects, even if most of them were used in mixture with shots of the rain. It was also nice to see Jeff Goldblum reprising his role, as he was one of few that I actually liked from the original.

The-lost-world-blu-ray-screenshot-2Alright I am going to make this as clear as I can. I almost disliked The Lost World almost as much as Jurassic Park III. So let me put this out there right now, why the hell did they even have to include the third act in San Diego? Leave the dinosaurs on the islands so they don’t appear to be a real and immediate threat to the rest of us. Also, there is absolutely no reason that The Lost World had to be so damn elaborate. Most of the major drawn out scenes have absolutely no majorly drawn out impact to the plot, so why make them all elaborate to begin with. Sometimes filmmakers just irk me the wrong way. BLEH.

PROS:

  • Larger dinosaurs.
  • Better looking special effects.
  • So much rain…
  • Jeff Goldblum.

CONS:

  • Act III
  • San Diego.
  • Elaborate drawn out scenes.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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