Jurassic Park III

  • PG
  • Joe Johnston (2001)
  • US
  • 88 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A bit of history: Jurassic Park made over $900 million worldwide. Sequel The Lost World made $600 million. So a third instalment was, let's say, economically inevitable. This time, as if to prove that the franchise runs itself, Steven Spielberg allowed Jumanji director Joe Johnston to take the reins. It's basically a retread of the earlier films with some new set pieces thrown in, but Johnston has done a creditable job. We're back on Isla Sorna, where genetically engineered dinosaurs run wild. Cue another band of walking packed lunches: divorcees William H Macy and Téa Leoni looking for their 14-year-old son who is lost in the jungle; palaeontologist Sam Neill (from the first film); and his protégé Alessandro Nivola. You don't have to wait long for the big reptiles to appear - early on, a towering, belligerent spinosaurus makes light work of a T rex as if to say: there's a new computer-generated villain in town. It's familiar ground, but those set pieces (particularly the pterodactyl attack) are excellent, and only the ending seems a little dashed off.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Sam Neill and William H Macy. Dr Alan Grant is persuaded by a seemingly wealthy couple to accompany them on a sight-seeing flight over the dinosaur-inhabited Isla Sorna. But he soon discovers that he has been used as a pawn in a game that will once again bring him face to face with the giant reptiles.

Cast and crew


Dr Alan Grant
Sam Neill
Paul Kirby
William H Macy
Amanda Kirby
Téa Leoni
Billy Brennan
Alessandro Nivola
Eric Kirby
Trevor Morgan
Michael Jeter
John Diehl
Bruce A Young
Ellie Sattler
Laura Dern
Taylor Nichols
Mark Harelik


Joe Johnston

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Front Row TV Ltd