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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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*Also starring: Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Peter Stormare, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Schiff, Thomas F. Duffy, Harvey Jason, Vanessa Lee Chester, Richard Attenborough

Review by Walter Frith
3 stars out of 4

Technology is the saving grace that ignites 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'. That and a commanding presence by leading man Jeff Goldblum who reprises his role as a scientist trying to bring reason to a chaotic scenario known as dinosaur reproduction. His theories were correct four years ago and while the people in charge in 1993's 'Jurassic Park' didn't listen to him, you would think they've learned their lesson, right? Wrong.

Richard Attenborough also reprises his role in a cameo appearance as the developer of the original theme park in which dinosaurs ran amuck who tries to persuade Goldblum to return to a location close to the original film's sight and it seems that the first film was the exhibition sight and now they go to the island where the manufacturing is actually done. This means an increasing number of prehistoric creatures since the last time we saw them and a lot more people are involved this time around as well. Goldblum is re-united with his female companion (Julianne Moore) who was also persuaded to go along for the ride and their small team of observers is joined by a crew aiming to capture the dino beasts and take them to a newly created theme park built in San Diego, California.

Steven Spielberg said he wouldn't make a sequel to the original film unless it could be better and Spielberg is indeed a man of integrity as far as his word is concerned and proof of this is in the fact that no sequel was ever made to 'E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial' (1982) and Spielberg has done it with the Jurassic story by increasing the amount of excitement in the form of dazzling technology which he was correct in assuming would look better than his original film. 'The Lost World' is also enhanced with nail biting suspense and excitement just as compelling in many areas as the first film and has a climax better than 'Jurassic Park'. Overall it is not better than the original film because the dinosaur concept was so original back in 1993 and kept our focus unparalleled to any other film in special effects history but now the original magic is gone and while 'The Lost World' is not a sensational film, only Spielberg could find ways to make it nearly as enjoyable as his first effort in this series.

Copyright 1997 Walter Frith

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