Jurassic Park III exists and that’s about all people remember it for. One reason being how short it is. Only an hour & a half runtime with a very fast pace. Yet it still holds a special place in my heart, because I saw it in theaters when I was 6. That’s why I can’t say that I hate it or any sequel. The main strike against Jurassic Park III is Steven Spielberg being replaced by Joe Johnston. Even though Johnston is good with imaginative stories. Since Michael Crichton didn’t write any more books, Jurassic Park III is more or less original.
One positive at least, is the return of Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant. As well as a cameo from Laura Dern. Although Alan and Ellie are frustratingly not a couple. Dr. Grant is reluctantly brought to second island Isla Sorna. William H. Macy and Téa Leoni play a couple searching for their son who’s lost on the island. Another strike against the movie is how they introduce the new antagonist. The T-Rex is the face of the franchise, yet it’s killed within minutes by a Spinosaurus. The Spinosaurus is bigger, longer, and deadlier, but it’s just not the same.
The most stand out moments include the airplane crash and anything involving the raptors. Moments like the Pteranodon aviary enclosure or boat climax were recycled from the first or second book. The Pteranodon scene is especially unique as the flying dinosaurs are a far different threat than what we’re used to. Then there are some not so great moments like a raptor saying “Alan” or T-Rex pee and Spinosaurus poop. While the visuals are there, Jurassic Park III often feels like an afterthought.