The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 ★★½ Jurassic Park 2 1997 (PG-13)

Sequel to “Jurassic Park,” proves only that Spielberg has tapped this well one too many times. It's four years after the first adventure and the surviving dinos have peacefully set up house on a deserted island near Costa Rica. Mathematician Ian Malcolm (Goldblum, reprising his role) reluctantly becomes part of an expedition to monitor the beasts, only because his paleontologist girlfriend (Moore) is so gung-ho. Other characters exist, but are reduced to the role of entrees. More dinos (two T-Rexs, a clan of Raptors, and bitesized newcomers Compsognathus), thrilling special effects, and more gore make up for thin subplots involving a rich businessman who wants to use the dinosaurs for a new zoo and another who hunts them for sport. Ironically, Spielberg's predictablity owes much to better films such as “King Kong,” “Aliens” and “Godzilla.” Still, T-Rex and buddies, the true stars, rise to the occasion to entertain in an otherwise lackluster sequel. Based on Michael Crichton's book. 129m/C VHS, DVD . Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Richard Attenborough, Arliss Howard, Pete Postlethwaite, Peter Stormare, Vanessa Lee Chester, Richard Schiff, Harvey Jason, Thomas F. Duffy, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello; D: Steven Spielberg; W: David Koepp; C: Janusz Kaminski; M: John Williams.