Jurassic Park III

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.

PG-13 2001 92 minutes

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Based on 20 reviews

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First Ramadan in 2021 I watch this.

This time, it's not just a walk in the park. The third installment in everyone's favorite dinosaur blockbuster franchise. Paleontologist Alan Grant from the first film has ended his relationship with his former partner Ellie Sattler, though they are still good friends. Dr. Grant now works with his new assistant Billy Brennan, who have recently made a fascinating discovery on raptors. However, they are facing a problem: they are running out of money for their research. Luckily, Paul and Amanda Kirby, a wealthy couple willing to offer them enough money to continue their research, if they give them an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. Grant and Billy reluctantly agree, despite Grant mentioning earlier in the film that he would never visit Site B. They then head off on an airplane to the island. However, their plane shortly crash-lands in the jungle, leaving Grant and the survivors stranded there. The Kirbys then reveal the real reason they brought Grant here: they are a middle-class divorced couple searching for their lost son Eric who crashed on the island a few weeks earlier. Grant is furious about being tricked, but soon learns they have bigger problems. InGen has been creating deadlier and advanced breeds of dinosaurs. This results in another battle for survival between man and nature. Jurassic Park 3 is not an astounding sequel. It lacks the magic and charm of Spielberg's film. And that's not just because the film feels like a network drama episode. The main problem with this movie is dumb human characters. The only likeable characters that really stood out to me were Alan Grant (obviously) and the Kirby kid, Eric. The rest of them weren't very interesting. The film spends way too much time on its boring characters instead of the giant dinosaurs, whom I wished to see get eaten. Especially the Kirby couple who are stereotypical and constantly arguing over their marriage and lives. Amanda was more annoying as she kept putting everyone in danger, thanks to her foolishness. The film is also basically just a chase scene. On more positive notes, the film is much better than The Lost World: Jurassic Park (my dearest apologies to Mr. Spielberg) as it just gets straight to the point where dinosaurs start eating people. I would also like to point out Grant's dream sequence where a raptor "speaks" to him was quite amusing to watch, despite its stupidity. Don Davis's score is suspenseful and tense, with elements of John Williams' original theme. Joe Johnston is definitely no Spielberg, but proves he is capable of directing an effective thrill ride that will leave you hanging on the seat in suspense.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 12+

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