Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film, “Jurassic Park,” is a perfect summer blockbuster. Similar to what Spielberg accomplished with “Jaws,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the original “Jurassic Park” is the perfect blend of action, heart, and horror. It never becomes violent to the point that it’s in poor taste, but it never feels too goofy either. The premise is ridiculous, but Spielberg at least tries to adhere to some semblance of logic.
That’s not something that any of the “Jurassic Park” sequels manage to do. The films get progressively sillier, and “Jurassic Park III” almost seems like a sci-fi B movie. Unlike the first two films, “Jurassic Park III” is not based on an original novel by author Michael Crichton. Screenwriters Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor came up with a new story in which Alan Grant (Sam Neill) is called back to Isla Sorna for a new adventure. Grant is hesitant to return to an island where dinosaurs are roaming free. While sleeping on a plane, he has a dream about a velociraptor who says his name. It’s one of the most unintentionally hilarious moments in the franchise.
This moment also underscores the problems with “Jurassic Park III.” Audiences fell in love with Grant because he had enthusiasm, but in “Jurassic Park III,” it seems like the only reason that Grant is there is because he is getting paid.