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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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I still don’t know if I’m going to see Jurassic World in theaters. I am not terribly interested in it to be honest. The rest of the trailer is ok – still not great – but the trained raptors and hybrid dinosaur really turn me off. But ever since AMC started showing the first one a few weeks ago, I’ve wanted to revisit the series in case I do end up seeing the latest installment.
Its four years after the events of the first movie. A lot has happened since then, one of which is the revelation that there was a second island known.

Isla Sorna was known as site B. It was where the dinosaurs were created and raised before being moved to Isla Nublar (Jurassic Park). A hurricane has destroyed a healthy portion of the containment facilities and the dinosaurs have been living on their own – and thriving – for the last four years.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has done a 180. His priorities – at least in regards to Jurassic Park – have turned to conservation. He wants to make sure the island is left untouched by man. This has been the cast for the last four years, but recently his former company (InGen) has taken his power and given it to his profit-driven nephew, Peter. Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard) wants to do what Hammond could not. He wants to open a new Jurassic Park, so Hammond assembled a team to travel to Isla Sorna to observe and document that the animals are thriving on their own and that man should continue to leave them be.

This is where Dr. Ian Malcom comes in. Hammond calls for Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) and asks him to lead the expedition. Malcom of course declines almost instantly. He’s been to Jurassic Park and was against the idea even before the dinosaurs tried to eat him. He quickly changes his mind when Hammond reveals to him that his girlfriend is not only a part of the team, but already on the island.

Dr. Sarah Harding (ulianne Moore) is a behavioral paleontologist  with a long history of photographing and observing dangerous predators. The rest of the team includes Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaugh), Eddie Carr, and Kelly Malcom; Ian’s daughter who snuck aboard their boat while acting in defiance against her father. Nick is a photographer and environmentalist. Eddie is a tech expert who serves as something of a guide.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

It turns out that they are not the only team on the island. Ludlow – being the unscrupulous bastard that he is – has sent his own team to capture and extract several of the animals. He plans on opening his own version of Jurassic Park in Los Angeles. The group is able to capture some dinosaurs, but things go awry due to both nature winning and interference of Hammond’s team. The two groups must then work together if they are going to survive.

For as long as I have known the She, she has told me how much she disliked this movie. She is such a fan of the first one, that this one just didn’t measure up. I remember thinking it was nowhere near as good as the first one, but still an enjoyable adventure.

Well, I did not have that same experience watching it this time around. Aside from a few scenes that I did like, I found this movie to be pretty damn boring. It wasn’t tense, the jokes were lame, and it lacked and enjoyment factor. I’m not even comparing it to the first movie – a sequel often does not measure up to the original – but on its own I didn’t even care for this movie. I just didn’t. I usually write some pretty lengthy and detailed reviews, but I don’t have much to say about this movie. It was a cheap imitation. It wasn’t scary, it wasn’t fun, and it felt very forced and cliché at times.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on April 2, 2015.

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