Jurassic Park III: The Dino Dud
Review by Ees
Director: Joe Johnston
I'm a huge fan of Sam Neill. Even if a movie isn't so hot, if it has Sam in it, I'll probably like it. Jurassic Park III, in spite of all it's wonderful shots of Sam, stunk like a big pile o' dino dung.
What plot? We meet the Kirbys, played by Bill Macy and Tea Leoni. They masquerade as wealthy adventure-seekers, but turn out to be middle-class divorced mid-westerners. They are trying to rescue their son, an impossibly resourceful youngster who went parasailing with his mother's boyfriend near one of InGen's dinosaur-populated islands. To find the boy, the Kirbys hire a group of pseudo-commandos, and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), the dinosaur expert. To get Grant to come along, they tell him they want to do a fly-by of the island to see some dinos, and they want him to be their guide. To make a short story even shorter, the group lands on the island, the important people survive, the others don't, they find the boy (who has managed to survive on this island for eight weeks?!?!), and they make it home thanks to Dr. Grant's assistant from the first Jurassic Park movie, Ellie (played by Laura Dern).
Ok, the dinosaurs were good. The dino effects were created using a combination of computer graphics and very well made full-scale robotic models. They were realistic (if that word is even appropriate for dinosaurs), and good quality. But you can't build a movie on a bunch of good fake dinos.
This may be my bias speaking, but Sam Neill was great. His character had all the dignity, wits, and charisma he had in the first movie. As for the rest of the actors, they seemed to enjoy their roles, but the dialogue was a bit too slapstick for there to be any real development. Tea Leoni went overboard on a lot of her worried-mother scenes, and the rest of the group didn't make their characters terribly realistic.
As A Whole
All in all, the movie was bad. I walked away wondering why I had payed $8 to see it, and had to go home and watch the first Jurassic Park just to prove that there are better dinosaur movies. My advice: go see Evolution instead ... at least that movie doesn't pretend to be more than it is.