(Review originally written at 25 October 2003)

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Compared to the first "Jurassic Park" movie this movie is action packed and much more spectacular ("Aliens" formula) but does that mean it is better?

It is always hard to come up with a story for a sequel. And in this case the movie also lacks lot's of things and has quite a few plot holes and ridiculous moments like with many sequels is always the case. Still I enjoy this movie. If you can look through all this bad elements you will get a entertaining threat with some spectacular moments.

But yes, at some points it beats "Jurassic Park". for instance the characters are better and the dinosaurs are used in a more thrilling and interesting way, I love how the dinosaurs are giving a character, especially the T-Rex's. Also visually the movie looks better thanks to Janusz Kaminski's cinematography, actually it's eye candy!

The cast is also a huge plus. Giving Jeff Goldblum the main part this time was a great move. Pete Postlethwaite, Julianne Moore, Arliss Howard (great villain!) and Peter Stormare are great additions to the cast.

One thing I strongly disliked about this movie is that it tries to be political correct at many points which results in ridiculous moments.

The action movie lover however will not be disappointed. There are lot's of spectacular moments such as the glass breaking scene that truly is nerve wrecking. The Raptors once again provide the most spectacular moments, I especially like the tall grass sequence. And the few seconds boat crash is more spectacular then the entire boat crash from "Speed 2: Cruise Control"!

***SPOILER*** The movie however makes at the ending an huge mistake to set the T-Rex loose in San Diego with as a result a Japanese monster movie ending. Sure, I like the whole T-Rex in San Diego sequence but it just doesn't fit the movie. It doesn't flow. You can even say that it makes the movie ridiculous especially when Spielberg tries to spoof way to many movies no matter how funny it is.***END OF SPOILER***

Yet I enjoy watching this movie and I far from hate it but it's also far from perfect.

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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