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Jurassic Park III

Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and a group of buffoons become stranded on Isla Sorna, the second island owned by InGen--the company that put bite into amusement parks. Searching for a lost boy, the group battles beasts at every turn in this violent and poorly penned sequel... but the dinosaurs do look great. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C 2.0
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 92
Theater Release: 18 Jul 2001
Video Release: 25 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Just like riding the same roller coaster time and time again, Spielberg's latest prehistoric attraction Jurassic Park III, suffers from repeated exposure. After the original Jurassic Park, and its sequelThe Lost World:Jurassic Park we know every turn and bump in the track and now we hardly even blink when the big monsters eat those cast members whom we don't like or don't know.

Needless to say Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) -- the world renowned paleontologist introduced in the first movie--is going to figure out a way to survive through the experience of being brought back to the Park for a second go round after Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Tea Leoni) promise a substantial donation toward his current dig in return for a guided aerial tour of the island. But Dr. Grant is really wishing he had never accepted their check when the couple's obvious disinterest in dinos makes him question their real motive for the sightseeing expedition. His suspicions are confirmed when the Kirby's announce their intentions to land the plane.

Thanks to a T-Rex who refuses to provide runway privileges, the trio along with Dr. Grant's young assistant Billy (Alessandro Nivola) and a few inconsequential others (who serve solely as hors d'oeuvres) end up crashing into a tree. Lost in a jungle with teeth around every corner, the Kirby's finally confess that they have come to rescue their 14-year-old son who was stranded on the island eight weeks ago, due to a parasailing accident.

While Dr. Grant seriously doubts the boy's survival, I began to doubt mine, after ninety minutes of Tea Leoni screaming and essentially announcing "Fresh meat... come and get it!" to every carnivore in the neighborhood. Full of stupid people and smart dinosaurs, the movie provides non-stop opportunities for beasts to chase and rip apart something or someone, with more violence but less thrills as the original. Boasting stunning visual effects, it's a shame someone didn't ask dinosaur expert Barney (who makes a cameo appearance) to help give this script some intelligence.

Jurassic Park III is rated PG-13: for intense sci-fi terror and violence.

Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Sam Neill Laura Dern
Studio: 2001 Universal Pictures

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