On this day in Film History: Jurassic Park III (2001) or, “here we go again”

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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).

Spinosaurus vs T-Rex

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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6 thoughts on “On this day in Film History: Jurassic Park III (2001) or, “here we go again”

    1. Film Music Central Post author

      meh, it’s not my favorite, the only thing it has going for it is the fact that it re-uses the main theme created by John Williams for the original Jurassic Park film (I admit that I haven’t watched the film in ages too)

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      1. Silver Screenings

        I liked the effects and the homages they paid to the original series. However, I didn’t think the main actor in Jurassic World was charismatic enough, or likeable enough, to “carry” the film. I had trouble connecting with most of the characters and I thought the plot was uninspired.

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      2. Film Music Central Post author

        yea, the plot did have its issues for sure, one of my gripes is how they revealed that Indominus Rex was capable of camouflaging itself and then it never came up again for the rest of the film. Also, having the Mosasaurus pop up to deliver the killing blow felt slightly deus ex machina to me. I’m kinda hoping that the sequel does a better job

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