Jurassic Journeys: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
It is nearly impossible to beat the original Jurassic Park, but our journey through this dinosaur franchise continues today with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Released it 1997, it was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by one of the writers from the original, David Koepp. It is loosely based on Michael Crichton’s The Lost World, and the film focuses on the fictional island of Isla Sorna, where InGen originally kept the cloned dinosaurs before moving them to the park. In the film, a conflict arises when current InGen leadership want to transport the animals to the mainland while Hammond wishes to let the animals continue in their own ecosystem. The film sees Jeff Goldblum take the lead as Dr. Ian Malcolm with a brief appearance from Richard Attenborough once again as John Hammond. In addition to the returning cast, the film also added to its cast Julianne Moore, Peter Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Schiff. The film did not receive the same critical success as the original, receiving fairly mixed reviews. At the box office it still managed to be the second highest grossing film of 1997 behind Titanic, but its overall profit fell short of the original, making around $618 million worldwide.
While the sequel is not nearly as good as the original, it still has some excellent moments. So, what are they?
1) Hammond’s Recruitment
So, while I try to highlight dinosaur focused moments for this blog series, this scene is too good to not include in the lineup. For starters, this is one of the only times we actually have John Hammond present in the film, but it is truly his conversation with Malcolm that makes this scene one of my favorites from the entire film. It is a chance to show off more of Malcolm’s disillusionment toward dinosaurs and what InGen created while also showcasing his talent for surly, sarcastic comments. As Hammond insists that he’s learned from his mistakes, Malcolm jokingly says he has and that now he’s making all new ones. Then, Malcolm also remarks that Hammond has gone from capitalist to naturalist in just four years. It is a truly fantastic interchange, and I consider it to be a great set-up for what is to come.
2) The Team’s Arrival
I know it is a little corny, but I cannot help but include this scene in the lineup. Ian Malcolm is no longer in awe of the dinosaurs like he was in the first with Sattler and Grant, and it is this outlook that adds additional layers and tension to the story. However, whenever Nick Van Owen and Eddie Carr see a Stegosaurus for the first time, you cannot help but be transported to the awe and wonder experienced in the first movie. They are seeing dinosaurs for the very first time, and it is an awe-inspiring moment.
Granted, that feeling goes away fairly quickly, but it is still a fun moment for the audience to experience once again.
3) Raptor Attacks
I know that the T-Rex is clearly supposed to be the star of the show in this movie, and while those sequences are unsettling, it is always the velociraptors that capture my attention. They are not in the movie for long, but their sequences are always some of the strongest. First of all, the shots of them carving out paths in the tall grass to attack the team is unsettling and cool at the same time. Additionally, the scenes of the raptors around the communications center is excellently executed. It showcases the raptor’s intelligence while also providing some thrilling action sequences.
4) San Diego
After losing most of the InGen team, who would really think it was a good idea to bring a T-Rex into an actual city? Nevertheless, this is the decision that is made in the film, and it provides a different kind of action sequence for the franchise at large. T-Rex eats a dog, terrorizes a city, and then chases down Malcolm and Sarah to find its infant. Ultimately, he gets to return home to Isla Sorna, but in the meantime, it is definitely a guilty pleasure to watch this giant creature wreck havoc on an entire city.
So, we’ve made our opinions know, but what moments stand out from The Lost World: Jurassic Park for you?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we continue our Jurassic Journeys with a look at probably the roughest installment in the franchise, Jurassic Park III.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.