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Jurassic Park III
More like Jurassic Rush.
Genre: Science fiction
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Written By: Peter Buchman
Alexander Payne
Jim Taylor
Based On: Characters created by Michael Crichton
Starring: Sam Neill
William H. Macy
Téa Leoni
Alessandro Nivola
Trevor Morgan
Michael Jeter
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Shelly Johnson
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 18, 2001
Runtime: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $93 million
Box Office: $368.8 million
Franchise: Jurassic Park
Prequel: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Sequel: Jurassic World

Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure film and the third installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The film stars Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, and Michael Jeter.


After being persuaded by a wealthy businessman to conduct an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's second site for a failed Jurassic Park experiment, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) discovers the true reason for his invitation. A tragic accident maroons the party of seven, and they must attempt to escape with their lives.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main issue that the story feels more like a rehash of the second film than an actual sequel, although there are some new elements that haven't been seen before in the previous two films.
  2. The film breaks its own logic, with one of the worst examples being the designers seem to be able to create a dinosaur design that works out. The dinosaurs that are supposed to be threatening are either pretty useless or unintentionally cute, and the dinosaurs that are supposed to be harmless and frightening or hideous.
  3. Several plot holes and inconsistencies, including:
    • Eric explains he followed Mr. Kirby's cell phone jingle, before they turn around to see a Spinosaurus standing there. It would've been impossible for the Spinosaurus to have gotten there unnoticed, since a large dinosaur like a T. rex has always created impact tremors with every step whilst walking and a Spinosaurus is bigger, according to Grant, than a T. rex.
      • It is also impossible for the Spinosaurus to have been there the whole time since no one seemed to notice it standing there.
    • The food in the vending machines have been in there for many years, not refrigerated or preserved, yet the candy bars and chips they take are perfectly fine.
    • Predators hunt to get a meal, but the dinosaurs chase the surviving humans rather than staying to eat the ones they have already killed (food which scavengers would be likely to get if they leave it).
    • One of the worst examples of this is the fact the earth-shakingly loud dinosaurs can sneak up on people without a sound, for some reason.
  4. None of the characters are interesting or likable, with the newer characters being very underdeveloped:
    • Billy Brennan, for some reason, carries a parachute on land for the entirety of the movie, just so he could use it towards the end.
    • Eric Kirby is the usual child of some kind of divorce (which has already been done by Lex and Tim Murphy in the first film and Kelly Malcolm in The Lost World).
    • Amanda Kirby screams a lot the point where it becomes annoying.
    • Paul Kirby is a timid paint salesman who tricks a team of mercenaries and captures Grant to rescue Eric from his wife's boyfriend.
  5. Some of the returning characters lack the charm they had in the previous films:
    • Alan Grant from the first film, while retaining his original personality, almost didn't have the charisma he previously had.
    • Laura Dern makes a minor role as Ellie Sattler that's pretty phoned-in (no pun intended).
  6. Even by sci-fi movie standards, the vocal chords of a Velociraptor shouldn't make it easily possible for a human to effectively speak like the cunning dinosaur in an efficient enough manner to trick a pack of them into thinking there’s another raptor somewhere who needs help.
  7. Several scenes of filler that do nothing other than to pad out the runtime of the film.
  8. The film's runtime is way too short, with only approximately 92 minutes (the shortest film of the Jurassic Park series), which it makes the whole movie feels insanely rushed, and anti-climatic, almost as if the filmmakers said: "This is going on too long, let's wrap it up".
  9. Very bad cinematography, the whole cinematography feels more like a direct-to-video and/or made for TV movie.
  10. The ending. It has various army tanks and helicopters show up to rescue the characters. This also doesn't make a lot of sense, since it's never explained anybody couldn't call the army when Eric was in trouble.

Good Qualities

  1. Don Davis' soundtrack is very faithful to the score of John Williams composed for the first movie and better suited for the tone of the movie.
  2. It has more action scenes, such as the scene of a plane crash, saving Eric from the bird attack, unlike the less action in the second film.
  3. Decent final battle with the Spinosaurus at the river, even though it was rushed.
  4. Alan Grant from the first film is back!
  5. Nobody move a muscle.
  6. It doesn't have much of pointless, and boring dialogues in this film, unlike in the second film.
  7. The dinosaurs do get a lot of screentime, unlike the second film.


The film received fairly mixed-to-negative from critics, audiences, and fans alike, with a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The site's consensus states; "Jurassic Park III is darker and faster than its predecessors, but that doesn't quite compensate for the franchise's continuing creative decline." Metacritic scores a film a 42/100 based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". It is the lowest-rated film of the Jurassic Park franchise until Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which received an even worst reception than III received. Many fans of the series were angry over the death of the T-rex and replacing as a Spinosaurus as the new dinosaur antagonist than the T-Rex in the first two movies.