The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Somehow, four years later, the CGI dinosaurs are less convincing.

The thrill of justified nostalgia from seeing Jurassic Park in the cinema again drove me to hunt down the sequel, half-remembered as an enjoyable romp that didn’t live up to its predecessor. The Lost World has its merits – it’s a silly action film that’s genuinely fun for much of its running time – but, unlike Jurassic Park, it doesn’t live up to fond childhood memories. The first half is enjoyable: for example, the twin T-rex/campervan sequence might not capture the magic of the first film’s T-rex scene, but it’s an enjoyable imitation.

The second half demonstrates a backslide due to uninspired screenwriting – it’s undeniably silly to unleash a T-rex into downtown San Diego, but the film takes itself far too seriously for the silliness onscreen. The chilling lethality of the velociraptors is squandered as they are defeated by gymnastics. There’s so many problems here: why has the idiosyncratic “rock star” mathematician, Ian Muldoon, been reduced to a generic action hero? How did all the people on the freight ship die? How did the famously loud T-rex sneak up on someone?

There’s still some fun – often campy fun – to be had here. Plus, Cameron from Ferris Bueller gets eaten by a dinosaur!

Rating: 107/200

4 thoughts on “The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

  1. Unfortunately, the cinematic release missed out a scene where a raptor is shown boarding the vessel with the T-Rex in the cargo hold. This also occurs in the book showing how the crew all died. It was definitely an oversight to delete such a pivotal scene!

    • That would make a lot of sense! It certainly seemed like the kind of carnage that a raptor (or raptors) would inflict. I recall reading Crichton’s original Lost World novel and finding it very, very different to the film (including giving a significant role to the barely-seen “Dodgson” from the first film).

      Admittedly, I can forgive a few plotholes, but this movie sure has a lot of plot threads that don’t really pay off. I think it would’ve worked a bit better if it just embraced the silliness from start to finish rather than trying to live up to the classiness of the first film.

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