The Lost World (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Juraissic Park wasn't
the best movie of the 20th century, but it had some real
positives. In addition to revolutionary computerized
special effects, it managed to convey some of the wonder
humans might feel in encountering live dinosaurs , and
some of the greater wonder we feel when we imagine the as
yet undiscovered possibilities of science.
And then there is the movie sequel, which lost all of the good things about the original, all of the good things about Crichton's original book, and even the few redeeming elements of Crichton's own 1995 sequel, which formed the most direct source for The Lost World.
Steven Spielberg directed, it has a great cast, and brilliant special effects, and all they could manage to come up with was a new Godzilla movie with Pete Postlethwaite playing the part of Tokyo.
It's just people running from sophisticated monsters and getting into cliffhanger situations (literally, in one case). Period. Nothing more.
How could Spielberg have directed anything this bad? Never mind. I just remembered "1941".
The movie drove me so crazy that it prompted me to write two more unities:
No nudity. Except dinosaurs.
Box Office: It made a monstrous profit. Produced for $73 million, it turned $229 million at the domestic box office, including $93 million on its opening weekend on about 3300 screens. People love dinosaurs. People love Spielberg. Well, at least they did at the START of the movie.
I suppose you know that the original is the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time in domestic box office, and did nearly a billion dollars worldwide. In terms of the number of ticket buyers (based on inflation-adjusted dollars), it is the 19th highest grosser ever, and The Lost World is not that far behind, 70th of all time.
IMDB summary: 5.3 out of 10. And that's just where it belongs. And it only rates that high because of voters under the age of 18, who rated it a more generous 5.8.
Available in zillions of different DVD's, in combination with Juraissic or without it.
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