On July 18th, 2001, Jurassic Park III was released into theaters and for a long time was considered the closing chapter of the Jurassic Park saga. Unlike the original film (which was set on Isla Nublar), Jurassic Park III takes the audience back to Isla Sorna (an island first visited in The Lost World), the island where the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park were originally created. The film features the return of Dr. Alan Grant as he is tricked into visiting the island by a couple who need his help to find their son (who is stranded on the island). Grant only agrees to go because he believes that they are simply doing a flyover of the island and they want his help to identify the various dinosaurs. By the time he realizes the truth, the plane is attacked by a Spinosaurus and crashes onto the island.
Dr. Grant is a much different person after surviving the events on Isla Nublar: for one, he is now rather apathetic on the subject of living dinosaurs and velociraptors in particular (in the scene where we first meet him, after calling for questions, he weeds out any that involve Jurassic Park or the “incident in Los Angeles, which I remind you I did not witness.”) However, once stuck on Isla Sorna, Grant does his best to get through the situation, which becomes rapidly complicated after Billy, one of Grant’s grad students, swipes two velociraptor eggs from a nest. There’s also that huge Spinosaurus lurking on the island which eventually engages in a fight with a T-Rex (killing the latter in the process).
Ultimately, the couple’s missing son is found and Dr. Grant and the survivors make their way off the island. The film was not well-received by fans or critics and it was ultimately fourteen years before a new film, Jurassic World, was developed and released. Aside from the Spinosaurus/T-Rex fight, I can’t recommend much else about this film (unless you’re absolutely committed to seeing every Jurassic Park film ever made, in which case, go for it!)
Have you seen Jurassic Park III? Did you like it? Hate it? Relieved that the series was rebooted with Jurassic World? Let me know in the comments below and have a great day 🙂
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