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Jurassic Park review by David Richards


Grade: B-
I suppose one can't complain. For a third installment of a movie, Jurassic Park III isn't that awful.
   Yes, they should have quit while they were ahead. No, there isn't a lot that's new. Yes, people do get eaten.
   With that said, this adventure, believe it or not, does have some wit, and the intensity of the originals comes through every once in awhile.
   The action starts with a teenager and an adult chaperon parasailing near Isla Sorna, home of the second film, which is adjacent to Isla Nublar, the island of the first Jurassic Park. The news of the dinosaurs around this area has already been made public, so why a kid and a grown man would want to do this is beyond me, but the film thinks it's logical, so okay.
   Of course, the parasail has to be cut loose because of an emergency and the two adventurers head right into the midst of the new dinosaur-breeding grounds.
   Oh, but it gets better.
   Since their 14-year-old son Eric (Trevor Morgan) is now missing, his parents, miscast by William H. Macy and Tea Leoni, agree to pay our old friend Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) as much it will take for him to lead them on a rescue mission, although he has yet to be filled in on all of the details.
   Grant, who is scared to death of the islands because of his past experiences, agrees to go with them, but only because he thinks this is a vacation-type tour and that the chartered plane will always keep airborne.
   There's no special prize for guessing the plane doesn't stay airborne and it isn't long before Dr. Grant comes face to face with his old Jurassic friends.
   However, there are several things I admired about Jurassic Park III.
   I enjoyed the rekindling of the professional relationship between Dr. Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) from the first installment, although I wish more time was spent with it, and I was thoroughly entertained with the scenes involving the flying Pteranodons, which reminded me of the intense moments found in the originals.
   There are some bad elements in this go around, too.
   For instance, I found more chemistry between Dr. Grant and a velociraptor than I did between the relationship of Macy and Leoni. Also, there were a bit too many insanely unbelievable scenes, even on an island filled with dinosaurs.
   My favorite was when we can hear a cell phone ring loud and clear even though it's hundred of yards away in the belly of a Sinosaurus. And gee whiz, when the big creature does his business, Dr. Grant and his team can dig the phone out and it still has enough juice left for two more calls.
   Jurassic Park III is a fun film, despite its minor glitches. It's not as good as the first two, but as far as third installments go, it's pretty darn satisfying.
****Jurassic Park III is rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi terror and violence