Should have been more than an underrated potboiler.
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 08/07/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Spielberg bailed. He was too busy bringing AI: Artificial Intelligence to the screen. Joe Johnston, a more than capable director himself, stepped in delivered a decent timewaster, but failed to give us anything new and didn't even bother to attempt an epic.
Above and beyond all things, what cripples Jurassic Park 3 the most is the brief running time. The film fades out at the 84-minute mark, which is just unacceptable. The previous films were epics and both clocked in at over 2 hours. Why on earth did Universal take their biggest franchise at the time and cut it down to this? It beggars belief. The film feels like a TV pilot more than it does a cinematic event.
Strange since the budget was $30 million higher than Jurassic Park in 1993. But the effects have improved drastically in that 8 year gap. I was never too keen or impressed with the CGI in the first film. The dinosaurs just didn't look right, but if you dared to criticize the film at the time you would have been shouted down.
A lot of story concepts came and went before they, unimaginatively, settled on a "same again" scenario with yet another extended chase on Isla Sorna. Some of the scenes are even recycled unused sequences that never made the final script edit in the first two. At least they brought back Sam Neill as Alan Grant and had a small role for Laura Dern. William H. Macy provides great support too. It's good to see him do action for a change. And the kid in this one is far, far, far less aggravating than those annoying brats in the original film.
John Williams didn't return, instead leaving the scoring chore Don Davis who made an adequate, if hardly memorable, attempt. All the good stuff is Williams' themes from the other movies. And since he made a few themes for this one I will assume that any noteworthy cues within were actually Williams' contributions, and not Davis', who I have never really liked.
The action IS brilliantly done though, and the Spinosaurus, the new villain is quite scary. But just as it builds up to a big showdown,the film just...stops. What were they thinking? There's no payoff, no defining money shot. It just ends! That is my biggest problem with JP3. The familiar plot, and the lack of originality are forgivable, but rolling the credits at 84 minutes is a joke.
I still recommend it for the action, sound design and effect alone.
It's strange how these films are not on Blu Ray yet. Even on DVD the DTS sound design is unbelievably aggressive and powerful. Think of how good it would be in DTS HD-MA. And imagine the dinosaurs in 1080p. Come on Universal, get working on it!"
This is a CRAPPY recording of it - SOMEONE played SOUND GOD!
Friend of the Avid movie watcher | Mesa, AZ United States | 04/11/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This review is from: Jurassic Park Adventure Pack (Jurassic Park/ The Lost World: Jurassic Park/ Jurassic Park III) (DVD) - I do NOT "recommend" the Jurassic Park III DVD 2001, collector's Edition.
My friend 1st bought me the Package Edition, but I discovered in JP III some IDIOT played sound god & turned the action up & down.
So, I bought the original 2001 version. Same thing!!! In Jurassic Park III the Sound in a LOT of scenes of the DVD is LOUSY! The VHS of it was FINE. When the sound gets LOUD in the DVD of JP III some idiot sound god turns it down. When Tea Leoni screams, some idiot sound god turns it down. After that they turn it back up. Up, down, up, down. VERY ANOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This TOTALLY ruined Jurassic Park III DVD that I got for my birthday! I'll go back to my VHS of it. IT was FINE!
LEAVE THE DAMN SOUND ALONE WHEN YOU MAKE ANYTHING! WE have fingers that can turn it down on OUR controller if it's too loud!!!!!!!!!!
What's the matter with you idiots, anyway. In car crash, vampire, alien, etc. movies you leave it just fine. Well, LEAVE MY JURASSIC PARK III DVD'S ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!