Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

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Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Joe Johnston, Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni

     
 

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Director Joe Johnston takes over the creative reins from Steven Spielberg for this third installment in the thriller franchise. Sam Neill returns as Dr. Alan Grant, a scientist who's tricked by wealthy couple Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) into a fly-over of Isla Sorna. The object of their sightseeing tour is one of the Costa Rican islands…  See more details below

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Director Joe Johnston takes over the creative reins from Steven Spielberg for this third installment in the thriller franchise. Sam Neill returns as Dr. Alan Grant, a scientist who's tricked by wealthy couple Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) into a fly-over of Isla Sorna. The object of their sightseeing tour is one of the Costa Rican islands populated by ferocious, genetically bred dinosaurs and the "site B" setting of Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World (1997). After their plane crash-lands, it's revealed that the Kirbys are actually seeking their teenage son, lost on the island after a paragliding accident. Trapped on Isla Sorna, Grant and his companions discover some painful truths the hard way. Among their discoveries: some of the scaly monsters possess more advanced communicative abilities than previously believed, the dreaded Tyrannosaurus Rex has a larger and more lethal competitor, and flying Pteranodons pose an even graver threat than some of their land-locked brethren. Jurassic Park III is the first in the series not to be based upon a novel by original author Michael Crichton.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Prehistory's progeny run amok again in Jurassic Park 3, the latest exciting installment in this popular series based on the bestselling Michael Crichton novel. Original leading man Sam Neill, who sat out Part 2 (Jurassic Park: The Lost World), returns as the intrepid paleontologist whose knowledge of Jurassic Park and its raptor residents proves invaluable to a married couple (William H. Macy and Téa Leoni) searching the island in a desperate bid to find their missing son, apparently stranded there following a parasailing mishap. Laura Dern, the first film's leading lady, also reprises her role and figures prominently in this episode's suspenseful climax. Director Joe Johnston (Jumanji), an old hand at effects-laden adventure movies, establishes his characters in a leisurely fashion -- but once the island is reached, the action begins with a bang, after which the pace picks up and never slackens. As in the previous two films, animatronic creatures and computer-generated effects are employed in tandem to create the illusion that the prehistoric creatures are as real as the actors themselves. A rousing romp in the best Saturday-matinee tradition, Jurassic Park 3 supplies a surfeit of thrills and chills. Johnston explains many filmmaking secrets in his commentary for the DVD edition, which also includes a "making of" documentary, a montage of behind-the-scenes footage, photo and storyboard galleries, and alternate theatrical trailers.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
When Steven Spielberg was looking for someone to take over the helm of his dinosaur series, Joe Johnston was a natural choice. He'd already worked on the special effects for the first Star Wars trilogy and directed Honey I Shrunk the Kids and October Sky, proving his skill at working with special effects without losing sight of a story's human interest. Johnston has done the series proud, as Jurassic Park III is a non-stop action-adventure of the highest order. The director was aided by a talented cast, including William H. Macy of Fargo, Alessandro Nivola of Face/Off, the charming Téa Leoni, and Sam Neill, returning as Dr. Alan Grant from the first film. They all deliver strong performances, bringing just the right level of gravity to the wildly improbable proceedings. The script, co-written by Election's Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, was still not finished when the film started production, which makes the contribution of the actors, who were forced to improvise some of their dialogue, even more impressive. But most of the credit for the film's success goes to Johnston, editor Robert Dalva, and the technical crew (both puppeteers and CGI artists) responsible for bringing the film's real stars to life. The dinosaurs look great, especially during a thrilling battle sequence between a T-Rex and an even larger, more ferocious Spinosaurus. Johnston and Dalva do an amazing job of keeping the proceedings moving at a breakneck pace. Without the exposition of the first two films to slow it down, Jurassic Park III leaps right into the action. It's the most action-packed, kinesthetically intense film of the series. A great summer popcorn movie, clocking in at a tight 92 minutes, the film moves fast enough to create its own air conditioning.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
All it wants to do is scare a smile onto your face, and it often succeeds.
Los Angeles Times
It's a tribute to the action skills of director Joe Johnston (Jumanji is the relevant credit) that this film is as brisk and involving as it is. Kenneth Turan

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0025192179693
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Return to Jurassic Park: Part 3 Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team The Making of Jurassic Park lll The Dinosaurs The Special Effects The Sounds The Art Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs Tour of Stan Winston Studio Spinosaurs Attacks the Plane Raptors Attack Udesky A Visit to ILM Dinosaur Turntables Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill Dr. Alan Grant
William H. Macy Paul Kirby
Téa Leoni Amanda Kirby
Alessandro Nivola Billy Brennan
Trevor Morgan Eric Kirby
Michael Jeter Udesky
John Diehl Cooper
Laura Dern Ellie Sattler
Bruce A. Young Nash
Taylor Nichols Mark
Mark Harelik Ben Hildebrand
Julio Oscar Mechoso Enrique Cardoso
Sonia Jackson Actor
Bruce French Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Buchman Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Dalva Editor
Don Davis Score Composer
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry J. Franco Producer
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Doug Meerdink Art Director
Alexander Payne Screenwriter
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Gary Summers Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Taylor Screenwriter
David Womark Associate Producer
Michael Crichton Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jurassic Park III
1. Chapter 1 [4:11]
2. Chapter 2 [8:30]
3. Chapter 3 [4:43]
4. Chapter 4 [2:29]
5. Chapter 5 [6:30]
6. Chapter 6 [1:08]
7. Chapter 7 [5:01]
8. Chapter 8 [3:35]
9. Chapter 9 [3:58]
10. Chapter 10 [4:19]
11. Chapter 11 [3:32]
12. Chapter 12 [5:01]
13. Chapter 13 [3:41]
14. Chapter 14 [2:06]
15. Chapter 15 [4:04]
16. Chapter 16 [8:43]
17. Chapter 17 [3:08]
18. Chapter 18 [3:50]
19. Chapter 19 [2:41]
20. Chapter 20 [3:02]
21. Chapter 21 [7:52]
22. Chapter 22 [:01]

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Jurassic Park III 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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I think that it was the best movie of the year. It is about some people named Paul& Amanda Kirby who want to go to Isla Sorna. So they try to get Dr. Alan Grant as their guide. First he says no but then his partner Billy finally makes him go. All Mr&Mrs. Kirby said to Dr. Alan Grant ( I say that he is the star of the show.)that they were just going to fly over. But when they go to Isla Sorna they land. Find out what happens.Oh, and I think even though I am 11, I think most Moms and Dads would want their kids to go when they are 13. Well, I hope you will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this movie surpasses The Lost World and comes close to beating its original movie, Jurassic Park. Excellent Plot & Graphics. Edge of the seat action. Great buy and family gift!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big Jurassic Park fan who was very disapointed in The Lost World. I have read the two books and neither of the first two movies were as good. This movie was not based on a book, so I had no preconceptions. This movie was the best of the three in my opinion, and I would recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better than the second, and in some respects,better than the first...Non stop action, with no rest for the weary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. Would watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic movie! Very suspenful, freaky movie! Great for parties, and Holiday Gifts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great movie. Definately better than the first two. This one is a requirement for any action movie collection. A must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest movie I have ever seen. This movie is a 10/10 the original Jurassic Park was a 9.9/10 this is an awsome movie I LOVE JP3!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jurassic Park has been redeemed after the horrible 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park disapointed viewers. This film is the best second only to the original film. The cast though is just as good as the one in the first Jurassic Park. Joe Johnson was a good choice to replace to Steven Spielberg as director. The special effects are much better than the ones in the first 2 films but the original had a much better story line. But still the Spinosaurs was a another great choice to replace a returning character. It replaces the T-Rex. The best part of the film is dinosaur fight between the Spinosaurs and the T-Rex. This film though is gruesomer than the first two and viewers must take caution before seeing it. But it is still one of the best thirll ride sequels to hit the silver screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OH-MY-GOSH! Like the other two Jurassic Parks, we were definetely on the edge of our seats for this one! There is no doubt about it. They've done it again! I can't wait for Jurassic Park IV!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, JPI was and still is a classic, the stupid JPII majorly bombed, and temporarily blew up the dino-filled franchise, but JPIII revives the movie with a bang! The action, the new dinos, and the return of my favorite, Sam Neill, as Dr. Grant. If your looking for some fun, and a good time, watch this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
pretty good movie, much better than 'The Lost World, Jurassic Park'. still the same annoying misconceptions, but still good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was alright, I guess. It was very disappointing though. They are just trying to squeeze money out of the franchise. The first two movies are classics, and they are revolutionary for special effects. The music was good and the acting was wonderful. They were great movies. And the books were even better. But this movie has no book to pale in comparison to. Where did they get the plot? It is completely out of sync with the rest of the franchise. It is just plain terrible compared to the others. The acting was alright, Sam Neill was oddly oblivious to the fact that the movie had turned into a one of those dreaded horror films without a distinguishable plot. He did, as always, a wonderful job. And as for the special effects. The first movie's effects were beautiful. The dinosaurs were amazingly rendered. The second only got better in this division. But the third movie's effects were worse. The dinosaurs went from nearly realistic too cheesy clay models, or that is what it seemed like. They just took elements that worked in the other two movies, which are much the superior of this film, and changed it a little bit so that way they wouldn't just be remaking the first one. I suppose it, in its own right, was decent. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who liked the first two. It will ruin the other two for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was absolutely no good things that where redeemable about this film since it came from one of the greatest duos of films ever made. Spinosaurus was the only thing I found minorally attractive. Death to T-Rex! I wish they would killed all of the people, except the kid and Sam Neill. That way, we would have been saved two and a half hours of our lives.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
This movie bombed compared to the first and even the second. Sure, the bigger dinosaur idea sounded cool in theory, but it just came off like a hoax to get you to enjoy the rest of the crappy movie. Whoever said the plot stunk was right on the money. Ok, so we send a bunch of people over to the island to rescue one kid while sacrificing many lives to do so. Dumb. Second, yah, some of the graphics weren't too shabby, but some of them looked much worse and the poop gag just took away from anything good in the movie. What ever happened to the dark atmosphere once things went downhill? It's not here, too much crappy humor and not enough atmosphere. Come on Steven, direct a better sequel to redeem this movie, please! Oh, P.S. Most of the actors sucked. Sorry.
APFuchs_CanisterX More than 1 year ago
When Erik Kirby goes missing on Isla Sorna (InGen's Site B), his parents, Paul and Amanda, hire Dr. Alan Grant under the pretense of a "tour" in order to find him. The plane crashes and Alan finds himself back in the same situation he's been trying so hard to forget: being trapped in Jurassic Park. Sam Neill as Alan Grant is one of my favorite performances ever. There's such an air of seriousness and intensity that Sam brings to the role every time. He can be funny, sure, but his character presentation commands a respect from his fellow actors that you don't see that often in film. William H. Macy, another favorite of mine, plays Paul Kirby, the bumbling yet-trying-to-be-cool dad. Terrific. He was serious, clumsy, just fantastic. Every film Macy's in has never let me down and this movie delivers a wonderful Macy performance. There's something about the pacing of his line delivery that gets to me, too. It's a guy who's insecure but tries his best to put a confident spin on things no matter what. The dinosaurs, as always, look real. They're huge, they're scary, they're loud. The only problem with these Jurassic sequels is the dinosaurs aren't new and terrifying anymore. They were in the first movie, not so much now. However, there are a few dino attacks in Jurassic Park 3 that weren't in the others, making the viewing of this film worthwhile. Michael Jeter (The Green Mile), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), John Diehl (Pearl Harbor) and Téa Leoni (A League of Their Own) also star. Language warning: Cursing and blasphemy A.P. Fuchs Canister X
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