JURASSIC PARK III (Theatrical Release USA 2001)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Stars ìì

Jurassic Park III—
nothing new here—is a classic example of a sequel that fails disastrously. The storyline is somewhat flat and thin. Even though the film uses terrific actors such as Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant) and Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), they do not perform at the same level of quality as in the first Jurassic Park film. Casting William H. Macy for character Paul Kirby and Téa Leoni for character Amanda Kirby seems to complicate rather than add to the overall story effectiveness. The action and the fact that it is a Jurassic Park movie are the only two reasons to finish the film. The entertainment upside is that twelve different, non-extant dinosaur/reptile species are re-created using a combination of animatronics and CGI which makes for great visual stimulation. The fact that the producers attempt to accurately portray the personalities and distinctive physical features of these animals according to latest theory also adds value to the film.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Ben Hildebrand takes his girlfriend’s son Eric Kirby on a boating/parasailing trip near Isla Sorna, the place where the last Jurassic Park film was set. This small adventure turns into a large adventure as the two are caught on Isla Sorna which is now inhabited by a multitude of free-running, extra-large, carnivorous reptilian creatures.

Additional Thanks

Fair work for Director Joe Johnston. Thank you to Executive Producer Steven Spielberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola), Mr. Udesky (Michael Jeter), Cooper (John Diehl), M.B. Nash (Bruce A. Young), and Enrique Cardoso (Julio Oscar Mechoso).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The original enthusiasm for the idea has long since passed.

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