Template:Otheruses Template:Infobox film Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction film and the third of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is the only film in the series that is neither directed by Steven Spielberg nor based on a book by Michael Crichton, though numerous scenes in the movie were taken from Crichton's two books, Jurassic Park and The Lost World. The film takes place on Isla Sorna, the island from the second film, after a divorced couple tricks Dr. Alan Grant to help them find their son. After the success of the first Jurassic Park, Joe Johnston asked Steven Spielberg if he could direct the film adaptation of The Lost World, the sequel to Jurassic Park. While Spielberg wanted to do the project, he promised to give the helm of the second sequel to Johnston. Spielberg stayed involved with the film by becoming the executive producer. Three years after the release of The Lost World, production of the third film began in August 2000.


In the beginning of the film, a boy named Eric Kirby (Trevor Morgan) and his soon-to-be stepfather, Ben Hildebrand, go parasailing near Isla Sorna with Dino-Soar Parasailing. But when the boat's crew are killed, Ben and Eric crash on the island. Scientists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) have continued their paleontological careers but are working independently. Ellie is married and has two children; and Grant is still digging with his protégé, Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola). He is approached by Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), who say they are wealthy thrill-seekers who had charted a plane to tour Isla Sorna and want Grant to be a guide. Grant is reluctant at first, but he eventually agrees after the Kirbys promise to fund his dig. Grant suspects that something is not quite right when the plane carrying him, Billy, the Kirbys', and a trio of mercenaries, Udesky (Michael Jeter), Cooper (John Diehl), and Nash (Bruce A. Young), lands. After Amanda uses a megaphone to try to call out to her son in the jungle, they are attacked by a Spinosaurus. They attempt to escape in the plane, leaving Cooper behind. Cooper tries to get them to stop the plane but is killed on the runway by the Spinosaurus. They accidentally fly into the Spinosaurus and go down, flying through the forest crashing into the trees, stranding them on the island. The Spinosaurus attacks again, tearing off the front of the cockpit. Nash is pulled out of the plane and eaten by the Spinosaurus. The plane falls to the ground and the Spinosaurus attempts to crush it, but Grant, Billy, Paul, Amanda, and Udesky escape. However, they then run into a Tyrannosaurus, which follows them back into the forest. They soon run into the Spinosaurus again, and the two theropods engage in battle, with the Spinosaurus emerging victorious, by snapping the Tyrannosaur's neck. Grant learns that the Kirbys are actually searching for their son, Eric, who was stranded on the island along with Amanda's fiancé, Ben, in a parasailing accident 8 weeks beforehand. He decides to lead them to the coast, increasing their chances of getting rescued. Along the way, they discover the parasail, as well as Ben's skeletal remains. Billy salvages the parasail, and the Kirbys discover several nearby Velociraptor nests. The group then explores the abandoned InGen compound. When inside, Amanda asks Grant, "This how you make dinosaurs?" to which Grant replies, "No. This is how you play God." Soon after, they are attacked by a Velociraptor. As they flee, they are ambushed by the rest of the raptor pack, and Udesky gets separated from the others and is killed. When Grant also becomes separated from the group, Eric rescues him from several raptors. Eric, who has been surviving on the island since the accident, has been living on the island in an abandoned supply truck. When the groups reunite, they are attacked again by the Spinosaurus. They find shelter in another building, and Grant discovers that Billy has stolen two Velociraptor eggs in the hope of selling them upon their return to the mainland and funding the dig; this provoked the earlier attack. Appalled, Grant tells Billy, "As far as I'm concerned, you're no better than the people that built this place." To reach a boat docked in a nearby river, the group must pass through a massive aviary dome, where they are attacked by numerous Pteranodons. Using the parasail he salvaged, Billy rescues Eric from a nest of Pteranodon infants, but is attacked and overwhelmed by several adults, and the rest of the group assumes he is dead. Amanda and Eric fail to lock the Pteranodons inside the aviary as the group escapes. Grant and the Kirbys find a boat, and while floating down the river, they hear the a phone ringing. This leads them to a dung pile containing the satellite phone the Spinosaurus had eaten from the plane, which they are forced to sift through in order to recover the phone. Ceratosaurus appears briefly but doesn't attack, due to the smell of the dung on the humans. Grant attempts to contact Ellie via the satellite phone, but only communicates "The river- Site B! The river!" as they are again attacked by the Spinosaurus. Paul is briefly thought to have been killed in the attack, but manages to survive, and the Spinosaurus finally flees after Grant shoots it with a flare gun. The group is close to the shore when the raptors reappear, wanting their eggs back. The raptors pause when Grant imitates a Velociraptor call on a special pipe he had formed earlier in the film, based on a raptor's skull. Suddenly, a helicopter can be heard overhead. The eggs are given back to the raptors, and they retreat. The group arrives at the beach to see a United States Marine Corps detachment sent by Ellie's diplomat husband. As they board a helicopter, Grant finds Billy, who was injured during the Pteranodon attack but is still alive. As the helicopter flies off, the survivors see three Pteranodons flying off into the distance. Eric asks Grant where they might be going, and Grant speculates that they are searching for new nesting grounds. The trio of Pteranodon are seen flying off in the clouds.

Cast Edit

  • Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant: World-famous paleontologist who survived the incident on Isla Nublar and has since developed an extensive and groundbreaking theory concerning raptor intelligence.
  • Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan: A young and overly-enthusiastic graduate student at Grant's digsite.
  • William H. Macy as Paul Kirby: The owner of a hardware store who poses as a wealthy businessman in order to lure Grant onto Isla Sorna to help search for their son.
  • Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby: Paul's ex-wife who accompanies the group to Site B, feeling guilty for having lost Eric. She knows very little about dinosaurs.
  • Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby: The 12-year-old son of Paul and Amanda who ends up stranded on Site B for eight weeks, and must fend for himself without Ben Hildebrand.
  • Michael Jeter as Udesky: A meek but sardonic mercenary "booking agent" who travels with his two associates to the island.
  • Bruce A. Young as M.B. Nash: The mercenary pilot.
  • John Diehl as Cooper: A tough mercenary.
  • Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler: A paleontologist who also survived Isla Nublar and makes good on her promise to help him when he needs it most.
  • Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler: Ellie's husband and an expert in treaty law at the US State Department.
  • Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand: Amanda's reckless boyfriend.
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso: The owner and operator of the illegal "Dino-Tours" para-sailing service, which offers to take tourists close to Site B so they can see the dinosaurs.
  • Blake Michael Bryan as Charlie Degler: The three-year-old son of Ellie and Mark, who thinks of Alan Grant as "The Dinosaur Man."
  • Sarah Danielle Madison as Cheryl Logan: A graduate student who flirts with Billy at Grant's dig site in Montana.
  • Linda Park as Hannah: Ellie's assistant whose duties include dealing with Tom, Ellie's editor.


Joe Johnston had been interested in directing the sequel to Jurassic Park and approached friend Steven Spielberg about the project. While Spielberg wanted to direct the first sequel, he agreed that if there was ever a third film, Johnston could direct.[1] The third film was greenlit in August 1999 and was based on a story by Steven Spielberg, featuring Alan Grant after having lived in a tree on one of the islands and studied the dinosaur population for eight years. Johnston never had any concrete concept for the third installment, other than stating the film would be "more stand-alone" and feature a lot of flying reptiles.[2] New writers were brought in to scribe a story involving Pteranodon escaping from Site B and causing a rash of mysterious killings on the mainland, which was to be investigated by Alan Grant and a number of other characters including wealthy Paul Roby and his teenage son Miles, Paul's love interest, Billy Brennan, a naturalist named Simone, and a tough Military Attache. Grant's group was to track the Pterosaurs back to Site B and crash on the island, while a parallel investigation was carried out on the mainland. Supposedly, the aviary sequence and laboratory set piece were much longer and more complex, including raptors stealthily entering the hatchery while the team spent the night. Sets, costumes, and props were built for this version, before Johnston threw out the completed script five weeks before filming in order to pursue the "rescue mission" plot, which was suggested by David Koepp.[1] Also during the pre-production phase, concept artists created advertising for the film using a number of working titles including Jurassic Park: Extinction and Jurassic Park: Breakout.[3] Production began on August 30, 2000[4] without a finished script, with filming in California, Oahu, and Molokai.[5] Although it is an original story, not based on a Michael Crichton novel, it does contain minor scenes from Crichton's Jurassic Park and The Lost World novels that were not featured in the film versions, such as the Pteranodon aviary and the use of the boat. In a change from the first two films, Spinosaurus replaced T. Rex as the main antagonist.[6] As to why Spinosaurus was chosen for such a role, Johnston stated, "A lot of dinosaurs have a very similar silhouette to the T-Rex... and we wanted the audience to instantly recognize this as something else."[7] Baryonyx was originally considered to be the "big bad" before Spinosaurus was chosen. Within film dialog, Dr. Alan Grant at first interprets the animal encountered as a Baryonyx, but quickly changes his analysis based on its size.[1] The special effects used for the dinosaurs are a mixture of animatronics and CGI. The portrayal of several dinosaurs differs from that of the previous two films. Due to new discoveries and theories in the field of paleontology suggesting that Velociraptors were feathered, the male Velociraptors in the film have quill-like structures on the head and neck. "We've found evidence that Velociraptors had feathers, or feather-like structures, and we've incorporated that into the new look of the raptor," said paleontologist Jack Horner, technical adviser on the film.[7] The score was composed by Don Davis, who was recommended by John Williams. Williams also contributed new themes to the score.


The film earned $181,171,875 in the United States and $368,780,809 worldwide and was the eighth highest grossing film of the year worldwide,[8] but still earned less than either of its predecessors. As with the other films in the franchise, there was a large marketing push, including seven video games[9] and a novelization aimed at young children.[10] The film made its VHS and DVD debut on December 11, 2001.[11] The DVD has also been re-released with both sequels on December 11, 2001[12] as the Jurassic Park Trilogy, and as the Jurassic Park Adventure Pack on November 29, 2005.[13] The film has also been released alongside Hulk.[14] The soundtrack was released on July 10, 2001.[15] Scott Ciencin wrote three children's books to tie-in with the film; the first detailed the eight weeks Eric spent alone on Isla Sorna;[16] the second had Eric and Alan returning to Isla Sorna to rescue a group of teenage filmmakers;[17] and the last involved Eric and Alan leading the Pteranodons home after they nest in a Universal theme park.[18]

Reception Edit

Jurassic Park III received mixed to negative reviews from critics. It is currently ranked with a 49% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 151 reviews counted.[19] Worse yet it has a 29% rating among their Top Critics.[20]. It also has a 42% on Metacritic.[21] Empire magazine gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, commenting that it was "Short, scrappy and intermittently scary, this sequel skews young. It lacks the scale, the chills and the wonder of the original, but is more fun as a thrill ride than its sequel predecessor..."[22] Other critics were split over whether the third installment of the series was better or worse than the second. Jeffrey Westhoff of the Northwest Herald felt that it was worse, remarking that "Johnston inherits the series one film too late."[23] However, Ben Varkontine called it "not as good a ride as the first", but "better than the second."[24] Much of the criticism was leveled at the plot as simply a chase movie with no character development, with some going so far as to say it was "almost the same as the first movie" with "no need for new ideas or even a script".[25] There were also complaints about its short length and small cast. On Ebert and Roeper, Richard Roeper gave it Thumbs Down while Roger Ebert awarded a Thumbs Up.[26] In a subsequent review, Ebert called it "the best blockbuster of the Summer".[27] The movie was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Special Effects.[28] For its shortcomings, it was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel".[29]

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