Making the Grades
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.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Jurassic Park III.
Do you think science should attempt to reintroduce animals that nature has made extinct? How about species made extinct by man?
For an article on a real project intended to bring an extinct bird back to our world, check www.cnn.com/NATURE/9907/20/cloning.enn/ on CNN’s website. Look toward the bottom of the page for additional real life cloning stories/links.