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Jurassic Park III (2001)

Duration1h 32m
RatingsUK: PG, USA: PG-13, Norway 11 
Source of storyThe earlier films, and the characters created by Michael Crichton.
DirectorJoe Johnston
Writers/ScriptPeter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
StarringSam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Laura Dern, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.9 by 306k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 49% by 185 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Dr Alan Grant, who has survived previous nightmare expeditions to Isla Sorna, otherwise known as Jurassic Park, is persuaded to accompany Paul Kirby and his wife, on a flyover of the island. It is only when the plane lands that he realises that they have something else to do. They are searching for their son who landed on the island during a parasailing accident.  The professor accidently comes across the son, and all of them have to try to survive in a dangerous environment now populated by a number of intelligent veloceraptor sand at least one spinosaur, who has T.Rex for breakfast.

Content: No sex or nudity, and maybe a bit of drinking at the beginning. The travellers are gradually picked off, minor characters being eaten by the spinosaur, which menaces the group more or less throughout. Also menacing them are the veloceraptors who communicate, and look friendly but dangerous. One scene when a pterodactyl picks up the boy and puts him down on its nest for the baby pterodactyls to eat. One where the group are running away from the killer lizards with a whole landscape of lesser dinos.  Finally the survivors almost escape on a boat, possibly menaced by an underwater predator.

A View: I don’t know what people thought was wrong with this film. It was a simple story of survival against the odds. All right, the characters were a bit wooden, but surely the wonderful animatronic dinosaurs made up for that. They say that it took the puppeteers months to get the veloceraptors right, and they were wonderful. So in my view, well worth your time on a quiet Sunday afternoon. 

There are a total of six Jurassic Park films, Here is a link to the first, Jurassic Park and the fourth Jurassic World. 

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