The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Movie review by
Randy White, Common Sense Media
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie Poster Image
Nastier beasts and mean people in intense sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 137 minutes
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 44 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Primarily promotes the notion that man's interference with the natural order of the universe leads to destruction. Represented by corporate types, it's clear that men who are greedy, power-seeking, and have a desire to reign supreme over the earth will not survive. It's far more desirable to be compassionate, respectful, and nurturing to all species.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroic characters (four men and one woman) are unfailingly courageous, smart, and diligent. They constantly put themselves at risk in order to save others. The female scientist (who is in danger almost continuously) rises to the occasion and proves as resourceful and brave as the others. Ethnic diversity is strong without comment. Bad guys fit the usual template of money-hungry corporate types who want to lay waste to the planet.

Violence

Plenty of thrills and animal savagery. The big game hunting and abuse of the dinosaurs is traumatic -- a baby dinosaur's leg is broken. Small dinosaurs (compies) swarm a little girl. Particularly gruesome scenes include: compies chewing at a villain's face before he is eventually killed; a raptor impaled on a spike; a severed hand hangs from a ship's wheel and an arm is seen holding a phone; a man is ripped in two by two T-Rexes. Dinosaurs chase, stomp, attack, and often eat their prey. Many long, suspenseful scenes in which the heroes, including a young girl, are in danger of being eaten, falling to their deaths, or crushed.

Sex
Language

Infrequent swearing ("goddamn," "bastard," "s--t," "son of-a bitch.").

Consumerism

Nikon. Krackel candy bars, Chevron are identified.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne is seen at a picnic on the beach; one character drinks from a flask and seems to become drunk. A hero smokes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lost World: Jurassic Park intends to thrill its audience with action-packed, scary, and suspenseful scenes. The film is not recommended for very young or sensitive kids. Dinosaurs, clearly motivated by a desire to protect their young and their environment, attack and often kill the humans whom they perceive as predators. Lengthy sequences of heroes in peril and animal brutality alternate with scenes that attempt to build character and relationships. Steven Spielberg shows some of the mayhem on camera (i.e., a heroic character is pulled apart by two dinos, then eaten); at other times, the director chooses to suggest the animals' savagery and plays it off camera (blood flows in water after a man is attacked). There are a few instances of mild swearing ("bastards," "s--t," "goddamn").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written bydtsa78cfgs9rovw June 3, 2011

its ok but not as good as the first one

the lost world doesn't have much of a story to it this time around. parents also need to know that the lost world is a bit more violent than the first one... Continue reading
Adult Written bygarfield2711 April 9, 2008

A little more violent than the first.

A Great Movie. A Guy is split in half. Guy is stepped on by a T-Rex.
Teen, 15 years old Written bycross_breed August 12, 2009

Not A Bad Movie As Long As Your Children Admire the Right People

Let me preface this by saying that this movie isn't that great, it's not bad, it's just not great. If you want a movie that inspires true fear an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe horror movie April 9, 2008

good,but not as good as the first

The Lost World is more gruesome than Jurassic Park.

What's the story?

In THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, hunters come to poach a dinosaur and bring it to the mainland for a theme park. When Malcolm's (Jeff Goldblum) team rescues the injured baby T-Rex, the angry parents go on a rampage. The group becomes a moveable feast as it tries to escape from the island. The group is rescued, only to discover that the corporation planning the theme park has returned a live T-Rex to the mainland. Mayhem ensues when the dinosaur escapes into downtown Los Angeles, and Tyrannosaurus Rex is front and center. Its attacks on the armored trailer and on the city of Los Angeles are the action highlights of the movie; the enormous heads in the trailer window are especially thrilling.

Is it any good?

This sequel has better dinosaurs and chase sequences that are just as intense as they were in Jurassic Park. Older tweens and teenagers will more than likely love the thrills and the magnificent beasts.

But lack of character development, disjointed editing, and unnecessarily gruesome deaths somewhat lessen The Lost World's appeal. And, this is a much nastier movie than Jurassic Park. Dr. Hammond was simply naive and misguided in the original; here, the capitalist forces are utterly immoral. And if the first movie featured several upsetting deaths, nothing is as gruesome as the munching of kind-hearted Eddy -- the graphic deaths feel gratuitous.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sequels. In horror movies, the body count is higher the next time around. Why is The Lost World: Jurassic Park so much more gruesome than Jurassic Park?

  • What do you think of the movie's violence? Is it necessary to the story? Why or why not?

  • Is this the kind of movie that will stand the test of time, or does it already seem dated?

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