MORIARTY Reviews JURASSIC PARK 3!!
Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.
One of the most common refrains in this long summer drought has been, "Lighten up! Movies are just supposed to be fun!" I’ve heard this excuse offered up each time I’ve dared to dislike some mainstream monstrosity, and each time, it rings hollow for me. I don’t believe that you have to ask nothing of a film just because of what season it’s released. I grew up on great summer movies, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask that some actual effort to entertain me be made.
As far as the previous JURASSIC PARK films are concerned, I found them both to be mixed bags. The first film has one of the greatest sequences in any horror film ever. That T-Rex attack at night in the rain is as masterful a set piece as Steven Spielberg has ever directed. There’s a few scenes in THE LOST WORLD (like the HATARI! roundup and the San Diego rampage) that I find very entertaining to watch, but I still don’t think it adds up to a film. When I walked into JURASSIC PARK 3 this morning, I was prepared to just see a few cool set pieces and leave it at that. I wasn’t even planning to write about the film.
Truth be told, I had a shameful amount of fun watching this movie. The six-year-old inside me loves dinosaurs, and this time around, we’re served up a pretty amazing batch of them to enjoy. I thought the Spinosaurus looked ridiculous in the stills I saw, but he’s a great and effective bad guy, and the way he’s introduced in the film is outstanding. I’ve heard people complain about how brief the T-Rex’s scenes are, but I like the notion that Joe Johnston and his various writers worked to bring us something new this time out. Yes, there are raptors, but they’re not overused. More importantly, there are pteranadons.
Yes, God, you have answered my prayers. You have given me flying dinosaurs, and they are good. They are better than good. They are amazing.
I know, I know... how are the people? They’re fine. They do exactly what they’re supposed to do. I would have been happy if there had been more of them, so maybe we could have seen the dinos eat a few more of them, but I find it hard to bag any cast that includes William Macy, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Jeter, John Diehl, and Sam Neill. Everyone is good, believable, and nobody seems to be doing a "we’re going to die" stand-up routine like Goldblum in LOST WORLD. More importantly, there is a kid, and we are completely free of any gymnastics. Instead, this kid is more like NEWT from ALIENS, a survivor.
I’m not going to call this film perfect summer fare. There’s a miserably bad ending that feels like a reel or two of the film are missing, and the running time of 88 minutes is a miscalculation. Not everything in the movie makes sense (what the hell happened on that boat in the fog bank?). None of that really mattered to me, though, because here at last was a film that wanted nothing more than to please me. This is that guilt-free piece of candy I’ve been itching for, that energetic and imaginative thrill ride that seems determined to entertain. I think Joe Johnston’s done a bang-up job here, and ILM is at the top of their game. I don’t need to write 30,000 words to convince you to go see a movie about people being chased and/or eaten by dinosaurs. I suspect you already know whether or not you’re the target audience for this film. If you’re in the mood for it, though, I assure you... it delivers the goods for most of its running time. And in a summer like this one, that’s enough reason to break out the funny hats and celebrate.
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July 18, 2001, 10:37 p.m. CST
The movie was def. cool. I just feel the ending could have been done a lot better. My one complaint is that at the end of JP2 the flying ones (pteranadons?) were already loose and not caged up. Eh. maybe It'll be explained in JP4 or JP5. Both are inevitable
July 18, 2001, 11:41 p.m. CST
It has been quite disheartening to see some of the reviews which pushed down this movie. JP3 is one of the better summer movies this year. It is an adrenaline booster every second after the plane landed on the island. Yes, its true - you can figure out who's gonna see the end of a dinosaurs throat, but hey - it entertained. It was dark - as dark as jurassic park (the book) - and this is what the movie needed. And I agree - the Pteranodons were awesome. One of the the best sequences in the movie - up there with Steven Spielberg's T-rex sequence but on a whole other level. JP3 is a fun movie - the ending's kinda abrupt (I agree!). But, it may hold some hope for the franchise.. just make it darker...:)
July 18, 2001, 11:58 p.m. CST
by Regis Travolta
I'll see it at a matinee, no way will I pay full price for an evening show. How could they be so cheap and greedy to cut out at least 10 to 15 minutes of good stuff just to get in one extra showing per day/night? Why ripoff the people who love this franchise? The people like me! I can only hope that a longer version will be released on video or dvd 6 months from now, not a director's cut just the complete movie. Please? That's all I ask.
July 19, 2001, 12:11 a.m. CST
by maxwell's hammer
It sounds like someone needs a hug.
July 19, 2001, 12:16 a.m. CST
Hude leap foward after that terrible Lost World. Mummy Returns( I liked it), Shrek, Kiss of the Dragon, The Score, and now Jurassic Park 3 are the highlights of the summer. The Fast and the Furious wasnt bad either.
July 19, 2001, 12:18 a.m. CST
I snuck into JP3 for a matinee expecting the worst and I had a great time. I wanted to see it before suggesting it as a major movie for a weekend evening for my dozen of friends. They won't be disappointed. All you can expect from this franchise is dinos chasing humans and I was surprised at the stuff they didn't reveal in the trailer (spoilers: the kid, billy, laura dern). I also had to see it ASAP as a big fan of Joe Johnston's work. I grew up on his artwork from the Star Wars series and his storyboards from Raiders shows how great he is with action. The ending was really weak but the middle section with the flying dinos rocked. It's like a quick ride that loads and unloads people at a quick pace.
July 19, 2001, 12:19 a.m. CST
I have never posted a talkback before, yet I absolutely had to in regards to Moriaty's review. JP III was about as bad a plot as you get. That kid surviving 8 weeks on Dino-island is a slap in the face much in the same manner as the Ewoks defeating the stormtrooopers. Oh yeah, great to know the kid's first words upon seeing Sam Neil were "I read your two books". The action is good, and the flying dinos deliver. Hey look, I don't need the plot to be great...just somewhat reasonable. It isn't. I'll debate that with anyone. Best thing about the movie is Macy's mustache. That is the best special effect, bar none.
July 19, 2001, 12:25 a.m. CST
This movie plain sucked. I havent seen a move this bad in years. This is the entire reason I don't go to watch films. I just read about them on here, because they all lead to a huge dissapointment. I loved the first TWO, true the second was not as good as the first...but they were both pretty good. I believe I"m going to go buy the boxed set of DVD's that's out now and forget the third DVD because I don't want the piece of crap in my collection. This movie made the raptors something to laugh at. That scene where Dr. Grant fell asleep in the air plane and turns his head and see's a raptor talking...uggh. Well I hated the movie and it's sad that it will do well and they'll get the idea to make another one. SCREW HOLLYWOOD, SCREW IT ALL TO HELL!!!
July 19, 2001, 12:26 a.m. CST
While I understand what you saw in the movie that made u like it there are some major issues that made me disappointed with yet another summer movie. Quick spoiler filled points to sum up why I disliked JP3 : 1. Characters come and go so quickly u care less who lives and dies. Besides the return of 2 major characters everyone else might as well have come from a Roger Coreman cheapy monster flick and then most of them die in the first 30minutes of the film. No DEEP BLUE SEA surprise death here (don't get me wrong - I still hate Harlin but give him props for offing a major star) :( 2. There is no REAL T-Rex vs. Spino fight- it takes 5-7minutes and is over with the favorite T-rex getting its ASSED kicked- ugh. They $12.00 soda cups in the movie place even had this as part of the movie and printed it all over them, like it was the thing to watch for in the movie. Fine to have this as am attempted bit of surprise twist but make it build up with both Monsters going claw- to-claw, teeth-to-teeth in a huge all out war- its called SUSPENSE, any decent monster type flick must have and this movie doesnt ;). If they cut the other fight scene I hope they had a decent reason. 3. In Aliens we catch a glimpse of why Newt could survivor and there is real connection between her and the Ripley character. You wont find that in JP3. Kid makes a silly intro. chasing off the now super smart Raptors (dont get me started on that plot development) with some gas/smoke grenades and then hugs mommy and daddy. Major issues with that= why didnt the raptors know he was coming or why didnt they just back off and form a new trap for the good Doctor and the kid if they can talk now and are super intelligent?, etc etc. 4. More Raptor issues. These feared monsters are now left to making "talking" sounds that sound like seals and standing in place so our heroes can escape, so none of these "stars" can die- god forbid something interesting should come about;). AND, MAJOR SPOILER- the run away with out snatching any of the characters just because they smell the MARINES and NAVY coming from the Ocean! As has been said- no big ending, just the army runnin up the beach and more hugs by the main characters we could care less about. 5. That Ending- O MAN! I am not saying we have to do the 3 fake "James Cameron" type Endings or have Robots so up from 2000 years in the future but give me something to feel like i got my $9.00 worth! Nope- in this direct to video movie the main plot device is a Sat. phone that is way way too silly EVEN for a monster flick- the thing works in a dino. belly, works in the rain and water, and even in DINO SHIT! It works so well that even though the Doc. can only make a 1minute call to Laura Dern she is able to get the EXACT position where our main characters are stranded and has the ability to call in the Marines and Navy to storm the Island! While this is cute and could have been a clever sub-plot the writers make it the only way the characters are able to save themselves. Why not make it FAIL and have something clever happen- where the characters have to figure out another way to save themselves? Does anyone remember the GREAT JP1 ending with the T-rex and the Raptors fighting as the sign falls and the music swells! Now that was fun, exciting, eye catching and made me say WOW. Even if u dont agree with that one must admit the JP3 ending is lame and just sucks any life out of the movie and leaves the audience all around saying, "Even I could have wrapped up the film better." 6. Tons more stuff I could write but lets just leave it that JP3 is yet ANOTHER HUGE HUGE HUGE disappointment- what could have been a fun roller coaster ride is ruined by non-characters we care little about, silly major plot lines, Major anti-climatic battles, action scenes and finale (Look and u will see a Character who was getting Cut to ribbons by the dinos show up wounded but SAVED with no explanation HOW!). 7. Technical issues. Say what u will but Spielberg knows how to use sound to add tension in the JP movies and many of his other films. Not this film- the new Spino dino. (which is bigger then T-rex) just shows up with no warning and no sounds- like something that big can just "sneak" up on you in the middle of a dense jungle and go BOO! That would be like an M1 tank suddenly running u over in the middle of a field. And the lighting= get this director a good light supervisor- some have mentioned the film is DARKLY Shot and not in a Tim Burton/Batman way but like he forgot how to do some key lighting. May have to agree on that- and I dont think it was a projection problem. OUT OF 5 STARS= give it 2 for some nice CGI and Winston puppets. Would have been better as a direct to video selection :). MTFBWY soloh out! :P PS-Hope that Planet of the Apes restores some luster to the 2001 summer movies :)
July 19, 2001, 12:46 a.m. CST
I was seriously ready to walk out of the theater during Grant's dream sequence with the talking Raptor (that was just about the cheesiest thing I've seen all summer!). I had fairly low expectations going into this film and it still managed to disappoint, that's how bad it was. Why does everyone complain about 'The Lost World'? I thought that was one of the best summer movie adventures I'd seen in years. I loved every minute of that movie (maybe not the gymnastic scene) but all plot holes and weak points were forgiven when the T-Rex began his rampage through San Diego. Point is... I really had fun with that movie. But 'Jurassic Park III' is a festering pile of shit equal to the large amount of Spinosaurus excrement seen near the end of the film. Of all of the dinosaurs on the island, the 'Spino' was less of an animal and more of a reptilian Terminator, killing for the sake of killing. Why? This was the first EVIL dinosaur to ever appear on screen! It was a big dumb monster that just wanted to kill everyone and fuck up as much ground as he could cover! There was so much potential for this movie to be something more, a dark and scary adventure film about an estranged couple searching for their lost son in the middle of this nightmare world. But no,... we get the usual sequel with weak acting and bad dialogue. I was coming up with better ideas as the movie was dragging along to it's ridiculous climax! For example... AND THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THOSE OF YOU WAITING TO SEE THE MOVIE... Instead of having the Raptors run off at the end after being frightened by the sounds of the helicopters... They could have had Eric Kirby douse himself (or his mother) with the collected T-Rex juice, which would have scared off the Raptors and attracted the Spinosaur just in time for him to burst onto the beach and meet the military cavalry, guns-a-blazin'!! Oh, well... there's always 'JURASSIC 4'.
July 19, 2001, 1:01 a.m. CST
War and Peace over a summer popcorn movie? Daammnn! And I thought I was long winded.___A Bee keeping it short and sweet for relief on this one...
July 19, 2001, 1:58 a.m. CST
by Jim Kurring
****SPOILER**** What a F#*CKING insult, Dinosaurs can F*#ING TALK? but that's not the worst part, if you blow into a F*#KING replica of a velociraptor sound chamber than you too can F*#KING comunicate with these F*#KING SPEAKING DINO-F*#KING-SAURS?!!!! Let me officially say WHAT A LOAD OF STEAMING HORSESHIT! Moriarty, how dare you compare that kid, that poorly written, ridiculously concieved character to newt from aliens, I laughed outloud throughout the film at the sheer stupidity of the script. I enjoyed Jurrasic Park 1 and 2 and this one had the best cast yet but the lame script and 2nd rate directing job did not cut it. This movie is bad, even for summer flick fare.
July 19, 2001, 2:12 a.m. CST
by Magic Milkmaid
It's a sad state of affairs that instead of hoping that a summer film will be the best ever, we just hope it's not as bad as the rest. Hmmmm
July 19, 2001, 2:21 a.m. CST
by The Founder
The movie had some faults, but's its been proven that some species of animals communiate with one another. I'm not saying that Raptors can do this and I'm not saying they can't, but since they are extinct we'll never know for sure and lighten up it was just something put in to give a new twist to them.
July 19, 2001, 4:06 a.m. CST
by Toby O Notoby
July 19, 2001, 5:14 a.m. CST
by Indiana Jones
I lost all respect for any Moriarty review after that panty waste effort.
July 19, 2001, 5:17 a.m. CST
I don't think i've ever been to a movie where so many people were complaining about it on the way out!!!! It was just terrible, plus I liked one of the comments that someone said on the way out...two people stuck on an island, screw them...four people on an island, send the military??? What's up with that?!? Now maybe if their was a big rumble at the end with the military, maybe I could've overlooked the constant stupidity of the B-movie characters...Never so much did I see an entire audience want TeLeoni DEAD!!!! I'm a guy who's usually EXTREMELY laid back about movies just being entertainment and fun, but there was nothing that did it for me on this one.....After 10 years the creature effects were better on the first one, the new characters were totally unrealistic (we're being hunted by dinosaurs, but were going to keep screaming out people's names, we're going to have tantrums and run off???) And the ending was just POOR!!! DON'T READ THIS IF FOR SOME REASON YOU WANT TO STILL SEE THIS AT THE THEATERS..Surrounded by Raptors, someone toots on his raptor whistle and then they run away because they here a helicopter, only to find some guy in a suit waiting on the beach with the military just hanging out with nothing better to do???? and they all live happily ever after?!?!!?!?!?! ACK!!!!!!!! ACK!!!! ACK!!!!!
July 19, 2001, 5:29 a.m. CST
by Homer Jay
I thought JP3 was loaded with potential but didn't really deliver. It was basically a series of action scenes that they needed a plot to tie together. The pteradactyl (sp?) sequence was pretty cool, and the image of the first one walking on the bridge out of the mist was definitely creepy. If they did a fourth, it would be awesome if they took a George Romero approach to it. Make it that the dinos get off the islands and are slowly taking back the planet. Although, thats what it sounds like REIGN OF FIRE is doing.
July 19, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST
This otherwise mediocre movie manages to get a thumbs-up from me simply because it gave me what I wanted. This summer, it seems, even THAT is too much to expect from most of these corporate buy-products hitting the theatres. It's a truly sad state of affairs, really. Further, the only action film this summer I've really enjoyed was The Mummy Returns, and that was about the first one of the season. (sigh) I wanted to see dumb people get eaten, JP3 gave me that. Is it too much to ask for movies to even be competent?
July 19, 2001, 7:22 a.m. CST
Jesus, would you guys rather have Tomb Raider every fucking summer? Come on, they have finally committed the best parts of JP the novel to film, who cares if it is a series of set pieces designed to - oh my god - entertain you. Entertainment is good; this film has a great cast who add a bit more weight to the thin script, and it all works. 80 fucking minutes will not harm you, so just shut up. All of you.
July 19, 2001, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Mr. Impossible
Spielberg dropped the ball on what could have been the best dino movie since King Kong. Instead of characterization (minus Nedry) we had lots and lots of talk about cloning techniques, rebooting computers, etc. All of that should have been scrapped. The focus on children was also infuriating. We came to see dinosaurs--but scarcely saw any. If it was Ray Harryhausen we would have seen lots of them--even if they were all stop motion. Spielberg went cheapo. And then the ending! My god--I forgot how tacked on the denouement was. That T-rex appearance was cool--but made no sense whatsoever. How it could appear out of nowhere was pathetic--and those supposedly intelligent raptor deciding to take a shot at defeating an animal 10 times its size. Oh yeah. Brilliant. Real animals would know when they are outgunned and get the fuck out of there. Despite its flaws Lost World had much more to offer. At the very least the dinos were the main issue. And the ending involving the baby t-rex was far more rewarding. Somewhere in the mess of one, two and three is probably the material for a fantastic movie.
July 19, 2001, 7:49 a.m. CST
by Mr. Impossible
Instead of characterization (minus Nedry) we had lots and lots of talk about cloning techniques, rebooting computers, etc. All of that should have been scrapped. The focus on children was also infuriating. We came to see dinosaurs--but scarcely saw any. If it was Ray Harryhausen we would have seen lots of them--even if they were all stop motion. Spielberg went cheapo. And then the ending! My god--I forgot how awful it was. That T-rex appearance was cool--but made no sense whatsoever. How it could appear out of nowhere was pathetic--and those supposedly intelligent raptor deciding to take a shot at defeating an animal 10 times its size. Oh yeah. Brilliant. Real animals would know when they are outgunned and get the fuck out of there. Despite its flaws Lost World had much more to offer. At the very least the dinos were the main issue. And the ending involving the baby t-rex was far more rewarding. Somewhere in the mess of one, two and three is probably the material for a fantastic movie.
July 19, 2001, 7:54 a.m. CST
Whine, whine, whine. All I've been hearing since this movie opened YESTERDAY is "What happened to the boat in the fog?!" Here's an answer for ya: The fuckin' DINOSAURS attacked the boat! How's that? Jeezus, maybe it was a water dino. Maybe it was something else. It's an island of...dinosaurs. You go near it you're asking for trouble. I can pick numerous '50s sci-fi/monster flicks that had the same kind of sequence.
July 19, 2001, 8:34 a.m. CST
How'd the dinos manage to eat the entire flesh of Leoni's husband w/o disrupting the skeleton in any way? They must be tidy eaters. And how does the kid know that dino pee keeps them away when dino-expert Grant as no idea? Stupid movie. WORTHLESS movie!
July 19, 2001, 9:36 a.m. CST
Is that a T Rex approaching? No, it's the chanting of a million fed up fans. Fuck the lizards, break Made out wide.
July 19, 2001, 10:01 a.m. CST
What great fun. I will recomend this to everyone. What great dino fight scenes.
July 19, 2001, 10:09 a.m. CST
I didn't have a problem with the movie only being 88 minutes because they got right down to the point which is people running and becoming dino snacks. I came to see the dinosaurs not the acting! So as far as I am concerned this is an ILM/Stan Winston movie... Come on...don't you think the way they introduced the flying dinos was cool...when he came to the realization that they were in a bird cage...I thought that was fuckin cool and then later when they leave you get to see the full size of the cage! Who knows maybe with the extra footage on DVD they can strech this movie to 2 hours!
July 19, 2001, 10:26 a.m. CST
Well, it did. How can people have such high hopes for a dinosaur movie? You know what you're getting into when you buy tickets: an hour and a half of cheap CGI thrills wrapped in a forgettable plot. That's it. The JP movies suck script and character wise, and personally I think the firsrt two are the real bottom of the barrel in Spielberg's filmography. Just the most brainless shit. The more I listen to people the more I want to fucking shake them and scream in their faces that Hollywood makes bad movies. It's the worst time in history for mainstream film and Summer is just a three-to-four month crapfest in which to showcase how cool shit can look, nothing more. Audiences should be utterly offended at some of the shit hurled at them, but they keep eating it up and paying for it and all that's doing is giving studios a big thumbs up to make more of this shit because that's what we enjoy! I guess it's only a small percentage of people who want something more than CGI tits, guns, explosions, and one-liners. I've got a Playstation already, I don't need to go to the movies to see vapid, empty characters blow shit up or fight dinosaurs or whatever. Is it so hard to combine real crowd-pleasing elements like well-crafted, non-cliched action with a good story, characters and acting? I guess it is because not even John Woo can make a well-rounded action movie anymore. If only major studios would take a chance once in a while. The market is flooded with terrible action movies, teen movies, unfunny gross-out comedies and the dead dead dead genre of sappy romantic comedies. Really, just a trio of types: youth oriented, action, and date movies. I've said it before and I'll say it again - fuck this business, fuck it up it's stupid ass. I hate most of contemporary cinema. I hate creative regurgitation. I hate multi-plexes and video game movies and buddy movies. And I'm not the only one. But does anybody care? Fuck it. I guess if I don't have anything to complain about, what do I have?
July 19, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST
I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AFTER A FEW BEERS AND I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS VERY, VERY GOOD. A FEW THINGS WERE WEAK- NAMELY THE ENDING. HOW EXACTLY DID THEY MOBILIZE 2 BATTLESHIPS WITH THE MARINES, BEACH LANDING, AND HELICOPTERS IN WHAT? 10 HOURS? FOR A RESCUEMISSION FOR ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE? C'MON!!! WEAK, I SAY!!! WEAK!! AND I COULD'VE DONE WITHOUT THE MACY/ LEONI DIVORCE THING. THEY COULD'VE EASILY JUST BEEN MARRIED LOOKING FOR THEIR SON. INSTEAD IT WAS UNNECESSARY AND SAPPY- AND LED TO THEIR EVENTUAL (AND PAINFULLY PREDICTABLE) RECONCILLIATION. AGAIN, I SAY...WEAK!!! BUT HAVING SAID THIS, THE REST OF THE MOVIE ROCKED!!! I LOVED THE WHOLE COMPETITION THING GRANT FEELS FOR MALCOLM. NICE TOUCH!! AND HOW ADVANCED THE RAPTORS ARE!! VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING HOW THEY WOULD'VE BEEN OUR EVOLUTIONARY EQUIVOLENT IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT COMET. WHAT WOULD THE WORLD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF THEY WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE? THERE'S A GREAT BOOK BY HARRY HARRISSON CALLED "WEST OF EDEN" WHICH EXPLORES THAT VERY NOTION. THE ADVANCED DINOS USE GENETIC MANIPULATION TO CREATE VEHICLES, HOUSES, AND EVEN GUNS OUT OF ANIMALS. A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS WORKED WITH HIM ON THE BOOK. IT'S NOW OUT OF PRINT, BUT WELL WORTH FINDING!!! BUT I DIGRESS. I LOVED THE BABY PTERANODONS TRYING TO EAT THE KID AFTER HE'S DROPPED IN THEIR NEST!!! YIKES!!! AND, ALTHOUGH THE FUSELAGE SCENE WASN'T AS AWE-INSPIRING AS THE JEEP SCENE FROM JP, IT WAS STILL REALLY INTENSE!!! SO, THIS SUMMER I'VE REALLY LIKED JP3, AND FINAL FANTASY. BOTH ARE WELL WORTH YOU SPENDING THE MONEY TO SEE. BUT FOR ME...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PLANET OF THE APES!!! AND THE TBer WHO'S QUOTING TOOL LYRICS? RIGHT ON!!! THAT ALBUM ROCKS!!! TALK TO YA, ME.
July 19, 2001, 11:26 a.m. CST
by You Ate Sand?
Is it really that hard to figure out? We've got half the AICN board trying to figure out the AI webpage riddle, trying to determine whether the pubic hair came from Jeannine Salla's pit or crotch, and noone can figure out that a couple of Pteradons attacked the boat? Ok, there was no blood, so obviously the Pteradons carried them off, the cloth on the boat was shredded like the parachute, and the shaking of the rope was reminiscent of the shaking of the bridge in the birdcage, are you asses that dense?
July 19, 2001, 2 p.m. CST
Great summer movie!! JP3's main plot is "survive!". I loved this film and will be heading off to the theaters to PAY and watch it again and again. Way to go Joe Johnston and Sam Neill!!
July 19, 2001, 3 p.m. CST
. . . is that the climax is at the beginning and all of the action sequenses afterwards have less intensity. Isn't that backward? I liked the kid though. He had a very John Conner feel, and I thought he would really pan out. After he met his parents though it seems like the writer just forgot about him. And what would be wrong with adding a final 5 minute action sequense at the end before Grant finds the Raptor resonating chamber? Or maybe an explaination for why the navy shows up when they'd already told the parents they wouldn't go to the island? Or explain how the college guy gets out alive? In short . . . there is no ending for this movie. It just kinda stops.
July 19, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST
And I can smell them. I've got some experience with LOTR since some time ;) So, "JP3 is a masterpiece", it's "the best movie of the summer" and people that think that messing with basics of first 2 movies (raptors can speak, come on) and putting a crappy ending (cell phone found in dino dung and used to call the cavalry for help) are just whining retards, huh? WHO are the plants here :)
July 19, 2001, 8:11 p.m. CST
by THE Movie Critic
I could go on forever about the horror of this (aka) Alien 3 copy. Just like Alien 3 this version of the eating Dino's will most likely DESTROY the franchise! This film is an insult to all of us. I will break this film down to 3 of the over 50 impossibilities that happened in this film... and if you are looking for a big bang for your buck ending
July 20, 2001, 7:17 a.m. CST
One thing about Creighton is that he knows how ot put realistic people in unreal places and mix horror and wonder equally. JP1 had a slight sense of that but its long gone. The ending to all of these films has been horrible. The first one just sort of ends with the rollercoaster stopping and Speilberg yelling everybody off! Too bad that didn't happen becuase that would have eben a better ending. The book delivered in all ways and much more than any of the films. Its ironic how they continually go to the well to get scenes from the first kick ass book for all the later movies. The baby Trex eating the exec the Pterodactyl chase the Raptor nests and the fruition of their intelligence and breeding are all dealt with and all should have been dealt with in ONE film. Ironically looking back JP1 was a hollow adventure in all the same ways as AI (after he leaves the house) but less bland because Creightons writing was so strong. All in all I like them for what they are and will buy the dvds and enjoy the dinos but I mourn the loss of a story that was superior to my favorite film Aliens and could have been a better movie possibly. I hope they don't wreck Timeline.
July 21, 2001, 6:47 p.m. CST
Spielberg did a wonderfull thing in JP1. He actually gave the carnivorous dinosaurs their own personality. The T-Rex was the big and destructive one, the Dilophosaurus was the innocent looking one, and the Velociraptors were the clever and fast ones. The Pteranodons were an excellent addition as the flying ones and those little green ones saved JP2 for a lot of dino fans. So tell me, what is the point of the Spinosaurus? It wasn't scary at all even though it can kill a T-Rex. None of it's attack sequences in JP3 were interesting and thrilling. Exactly how many JP's will Joe Johnston direct? (P.S. Ebert was a moron for giving this film a thumbs up.)
July 21, 2001, 9:01 p.m. CST
The Score was like Ronan 2. Pure hell, Long Boring, Redundent, just a big bag of cock shit wraped week old honey coted sun roted bacon. -Justin
July 21, 2001, 10:22 p.m. CST
by Spelunker Gregg
July 21, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Spelunker Gregg
...Please, by all that's holy...SHUT THE FUCK UP! This movie was fun! The only way we're ever gonna see realistic dinosaurs. So please...SHUT THE FUCK UP and go see the movie and have some fucking fun.
July 21, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Spelunker Gregg
...shut the hell up...
Aug. 17, 2001, 4:37 p.m. CST
This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen! The dinosaurs were faker than ever- the little dialogue was so-so- this movie was sucky.
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