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Movie Review: Jurassic Park Lost World

Updated on October 22, 2016

The Lost World (1997)

All new Dinosaurs appear in the Jurassic Park sequel entitled The Lost World which is based on the Michael Crichton book of the same name.
All new Dinosaurs appear in the Jurassic Park sequel entitled The Lost World which is based on the Michael Crichton book of the same name. | Source

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Plot/Story

Lost World takes place four years after Jurassic Park and the plot is similar. All the dinosaurs are supposed to be dead but, somehow they survived and even thrived. Plans are in place to bring the wildlife zoo back so that a money windfall will come in. The creatures are supposedly tame this time around. Yea right! When something goes awry the beasts once again will try to escape and of course, they are hungry. The plot thickens as the story unfolds and the movie has many twists and turns.

The Lost World is based on the book of the same title by Michael Crichton.

I would give this movie a Grade: A

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World was a big success at the theaters and on DVD. Just like the original, Steven Spielberg directed The Lost World.
The Lost World was a big success at the theaters and on DVD. Just like the original, Steven Spielberg directed The Lost World. | Source

The Stars of The Lost World

Vince Vaughn
Jeff Goldblum
Julianne Moore
Arliss Howard
Richard Schiff
Richard Attenborough
Pete Postlethwaite
 
 
 
 
 
The 8 actors with a staring role in The Lost World.

Music/Sound Effects

John Williams provided the music and just like in the original, this music as well as, the sound effects is a perfect fit for the film. The sounds of the dinosaurs roaring and eating, are realistic to say the least. All the wild animal noises and other jungle and island sounds are dramatic from start to finish in this classic dinosaur film. The music has fast and slow drums, guitars and piano playing mixed in at just the right time.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg who also directed Jurassic Park

I would give this movie a Grade: A.

Julianne Moore (The Lost World)

Julianne Moore was one of the reasons The Lost World was such a smash hit. She studies dinosaurs and has a deep knowledge of these creatures.
Julianne Moore was one of the reasons The Lost World was such a smash hit. She studies dinosaurs and has a deep knowledge of these creatures. | Source

Action

The action is fast paced and the best part is that it starts quickly without dragging out the story too long. The trio hanging off a cliff in a trailer because a dinosaur pushed them over the edge is an action packed moment to be sure. My favorite action scene is when the people use a helicopter to try to transport a huge T- Rex from the tiny island. Running from 30 feet tall jungle freaks from millions of years ago, is as heart pounding as it gets. The sweat, heart pounding death scenes and overall, the tenure of the film is pure action throughout.

The Lost World was produced by Colin Wilson and Gerald Molen.

Grade: B+

Jurassic Park: The Lost World (Movie Clip)

Acting

The acting in The Lost World is what makes it the best out of the three films thus far. Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn are awesome as the newcomers and Jeff Goldblum reprises his role does a fantastic job as usual. Even the dinosaurs seem to become stars of the movie at various junctures. Simply put, the additional cast members helped this film out and Julianne Moore in particular did a wonderful job. Fear, anger and misery unfold in dramatic fashion because these Hollywood stars know how to play the roles to perfection.

The Lost World was released under the Universal Pictures banner on May 23, 1997.

I would give this movie a Grade: A+.

T- Rex in The City!

T-Rex is dangerous enough in his own environment but unleashed in the city is an even bigger issue. He destroys cars and buildings with hardly any effort.
T-Rex is dangerous enough in his own environment but unleashed in the city is an even bigger issue. He destroys cars and buildings with hardly any effort. | Source

Movie Ranking

3 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of The Lost World

Drama

The drama is not as intense as the original because we all know what to expect. On the other hand, certain scenes do get very dramatic at times. A few scenes have a tragic outlook which brings high drama such as when the dinosaurs have the men trapped inside the small building. You wonder the whole movie which humans will survive and which ones will bite the dust.

The Lost World made over $618 million at the box office from a budget of $73 million. The film won Steven Spielberg an award for Best Director and it also got an award for best home DVD.

Grade: B

Jeff Goldblum & Vince Vaughn

Jeff Goldblum and Vince Vaughn both did fine acting jobs in this prehistoric adventure film. They must navigate the jungle and escape with their heads on their shoulders.
Jeff Goldblum and Vince Vaughn both did fine acting jobs in this prehistoric adventure film. They must navigate the jungle and escape with their heads on their shoulders. | Source

Special Effects

The special effects are breathtaking in The Lost World. It really seems like the dinosaurs are real. The lighting and backgrounds were well done and researched to make them look and feel like the real deal. All the Jurassic Park films do a great job overall on the effects aspect of the films.

The Lost World was filmed on location in Eureka, California.

Grade: A

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The Lost World (Arcade Game)

Fear Factor

This film has several jump scares where the prehistoric beasts come out from nowhere. The damage from the dino stomps crushes cars and leaves holes in the ground so humans must beware and hide. Even though a few spots are horrific the film in general maintains a certain amount of humor in order to keep it rated PG-13 so that teens can view it.

The Lost World was edited by Michael Kahn and the screenplay was written by David Koepp.

Grade: B

Watch Out!

You never know when you are gonna be attacked in the sequel to Jurassic Park.
You never know when you are gonna be attacked in the sequel to Jurassic Park. | Source

Final Thoughts.....

If you are a fan of Jurassic Park then you will like this one which is like a new and improved version with better acting, action, drama and many more dinosaurs and special effects. The movie goes out of the way to explore the realm of the dinosaurs in order to get a realistic view of their life and habits.

In the end it is obvious that a third installment would be coming because the U.S. and Costa Rica governments allow the T-Rex dinosaurs to live peacefully on an island that is named a private nature preserve. The movie is a retread of the first in some ways but at the same time I feel it is a vast improvement and definitely worth viewing.

Overall Grade: A

The Lost World Official Trailer (1997)

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    • Sandra Eastman profile image

      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Didn't know they whipped this one up again. Might watch it sometime as saw all the others. Hard to believe there was enough action for another. Thanks for sharing it.

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