Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

Joe Johnston (2001)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant is lured to a dinosaur-infested island by a divorced couple who offer to fund his research, unaware their real motive is to find their missing son - and that the creatures on the island are far more intelligent than anyone suspected. Action adventure sequel, starring Sam Neill, William H Macy, Tea Leoni and Alessandro Nivola.

Cast & Crew

Dr Alan Grant Sam Neill
Paul Kirby William H Macy
Amanda Kirby Tea Leoni
Billy Brennan Alessandro Nivola
Ellie Sattler Laura Dern
Eric Kirby Trevor Morgan
Udesky Michael Jeter
Cooper John Diehl
Nash Bruce A Young
Director Joe Johnston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray