Jurassic Park III

Year: 2001
Production Co: Amblin Entertainment
Studio: Universal
Director: Joe Johnston
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy
Writer: Alexander Payne
Cast: Sam Neill, William H Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Laura Dern
Controversy swirled around this film like silicone implanted starlets around a powerful producer, co-star William H Macy going on record dissing Steven Spielberg for never showing up at the production. And let's face it, you have to have a secure career and brass balls to diss Steven Spielberg in the press.

It was the first JP movie Spielberg passed on to direct, and he put Joe Jumanji, Young Indiana Jones Johnston in the driver's seat.

The idea was pretty hackneyed as Alan Grant (Neil, after being AWOL from the dire JP2) is convinced to come back to the now-deserted (again) Isla Sorna for a harmless flyover.

Predictably, the plane crashes, and the eccentric couple (Macy and Leoni) who contracted him aren't on the level. So Grant is again on the run from an island of terrible lizards including pterodactyls and the new star of the show, the spinosaurus - meaner and hungrier than the T Rex ever was.

A victim of the law of diminishing returns, JP3 is exciting enough in and of itself, but half as good as the second instalment, which was a tenth as good as the first.

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