Jurassic Park II: The Lost World Review

After the extreme success of the first part of the movie sequel Jurassic Park released in 1993 based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, he was stressed a lot by the audience and Spielberg himself to write another sequel of the novel. After the novel was published in 1995, work on Jurassic Park: The Lost World started and it was released on May 23, 1997. Despite of criticism the movie received, it was a hit and was able to wrap an impressive budget of $618 million. At its time, it was at number 6 on the list of highest grossing movies of all time.

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4 years after the closure of Jurassic Park at Isla Nublar island, it is discovered that the dinosaurs have survived and are breeding at another location called Isla Sorna where they were engineered and brought up for some time before moving to Isla Nublar–the island where Jurassic park was located. Though all of the dinosaurs were engineered to be females to avoid unauthorized breeding, they were found to be breeding on Isla Sorna. The reason to this was that the DNA of dinosaurs was mutated and induced in the frog’s DNA to engineer them and some of the West African frogs have the ability to change their sex in the same sex environment thus proving Ian Malcolm right “Life always finds a way”.

So here the dinosaurs are; living, nurturing and breeding in their natural habitat. John Hammond, owner of the Jurassic Park has lost his company InGen to his nephew Peter Ludlow. The company is almost bankrupt and Ludlow wants to grab some dinosaurs from Isla Sorna and use them as a source of money to bail out his company. On the other hand, old Hammond wants nothing but to preserve a natural treasure from being exploited for money. He asks Doctor Ian Malcolm to go to Isla Sorna and study and record the Dinos in their natural habitat so that they can be left alone as a nature preserve. Both teams reach Isla Sorna and try to accomplish their goals. While one team documenting and other team hunting for dinosaurs, they both make some mistakes which cause both teams some heavy damages.

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In the other half of the movie, we watch a T-rex wandering around in the streets of San Diego city searching for its infant offspring where movie gets dark and dense and shows some of the best graphics which will be praised even after 20 years of its release.

Graphics:

The Lost World is known for two things: Its graphics and action. If you have watched the Jurassic Park,(if not, I highly recommend you to watch it first, it’s absolutely wonderful) you must have noticed its amazing graphics. Now what’s special about The Lost World is the graphics are much better than Jurassic Park itself. Actually the movie crew was able to sign a deal with Silicon Graphics Inc. Their powerful workstations and servers were used for the graphics work of the movie enabling the special effect artists to include four times more computer generated images than in the Jurassic Park . In Jurassic Park, artists could not use a lot of light because it caused the dinosaurs to look fake. But The Lost World was able to show some broad daylight scenes. Most of the scenes were dark though, to make them as realistic as possible.

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Spielberg also hired famous paleontologists for the Jurassic Park sequel who told artists about the physical characteristics of dinosaurs. One of the paleontologists Robert Bakker even told Popular Mechanics in 2012 that those artists were better than most of the tenured professors. With this dedication, they created a piece of pure art, a masterpiece which would be praised for many years.

Story:

By now, you must be thinking “If this movie is so darn good, why did it not beat Jurassic Park?” Here is your answer, story sucks. This movie does not take the story of sequel ahead in any way. Some movies are just made because they need to exist in the sequel. They do not play any other role in the sequel whatsoever. This is one of those movies. Apart from this, there are also many other mistakes in the story. Sarah, a professional doctor who knows dinosaurs can trace the blood through smell keeps wearing a jacket which has a baby T-Rex blood on it despite being notified about it by another person. Hammonn’s daughter comes to Isla Sorna where she is absolutely useless and in danger. At one point she becomes afraid and asks to be taken somewhere high immediately. Goldblum alonwith another character gets in cage with her and after going high, comes back. Why did he go at the first place?

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Another weakness is the main focus of the movie was on the human characters. They were bound by strict plot. They must do really stupid things in order for them to be chased and occasionally get eaten. Even the dinosaurs were seen through the human eyes. They exibited parental feelings instead of their original wild habits. Also, the main thrill about Jurassic Park was it was in the isolation. There was no one to help and no one could hear your screams. You would face the fears no one will ever know of and worst part was, no one will ever beleive in your stories. All these things made Jurassic Park a perfect horror story. The Lost World kind of killed this thrill. Corporates are looking for dinosaurs to show them in the public in order to make money. Heck, A T-Rex is roaming in the streets looking for it’s baby. Due to lack of affiliation and some very serious technical faults in the story, the movie was not praised by the masses as much as its predecessor. Some fans who had very high hopes were disappointed. The movie, despite being way ahead than its predecessor in graphics and action could not perform as well in the box office as the Jurassic Park.

Conclusion:

Jurassic Park II: The Lost World is a very good movie. It has very nice actions and graphics which will put the audience in an awe. But there are some mistakes in the story. On one hand, it was nominated for the Academy Award for the best visual graphics. On the other hand, it was also nominated for worst sequel and worst screenplay awards. It is good material for a weekend but it could be better.

Jurassic Park Movie Review

Jurassic Park is easily one of Steven Spielberg’s best pieces of film. Released in 1993, the film has become something of a cult classic over the last two decades. It was full of state of the art (at the time) special effects provided by George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, which really made it one of those movies you just had to go and see.

The movie follows the terrifying adventure of two dinosaur experts; Dr Alan Grant, who was played by Sam Neil, and Dr. Ellie Sattler, who was played by Laura Dern. They are invited to spend some time on the mysterious Isla Nublar by the incredibly eccentric John Hammond, a millionaire with a vision, played by Richard Attenborough. They soon learn that Jurassic Park is not just another themed park attraction, but is in fact a giant exotic safari full of dinosaurs that were up until that moment, extinct, in their eyes. With harvested dinosaur DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes, Hammond had created living clones for his vision, his Jurassic Park. Drs. Grant and Sattler are amazed to find that the island is home to Dilophosaurus’, Brachiosaurus’, Velociraptors, Triceratops and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Accompanied by chaos theory obsessed Ian Malcolm and the two grandchildren of Mr. Hammond – Lex and Tim Murphy, played by Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello, the group goes on a tour of the park in computer controlled cars. When an unexpected tropical storm hits the island, the power supply is suddenly knocked out, leaving the touring group completely stranded in the middle of the park. Whilst stranded, an employee by the name of Dennis Nedry, puts his plan to steal dinosaur embryos into action, to do this, he completely sabotages the computer system, which in turn, completely shuts down all security, including that of which is keeping the dinosaurs in their enclosures.

The dinosaurs soon begin to get out of control and roam the park, posing a danger to all members of the touring group who are soon split up. Dr. Grant is then tasked with ensuring the safety of Lex and Tim whilst attempting to avoid the various man eating beasts.

At the time of this movie’s release, I, myself was a little over a year old, but as soon as I was old enough to understand what movies were, this was one movie that amazed me. To me, this movie was nothing short of epic. Even now, with how far the film industry has come, it is no surprise that this movie was the recipient of such critical acclaim. This movie has been dubbed as one of the greatest movies of the 90’s, a title with which I wholeheartedly agree, considering that this movie is one of the few I can actually remember from my childhood.

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The movie is one that heavily relies of suspense all the way through it, constantly keeping people on the edge of their seats. Jurassic Park presents a very convincing idea of cloned dinosaurs escaping and roaming free in a modern day theme park.

Jurassic Park had a $63 million budget, which is an amount that rivals even some of today’s movie budgets and made $1,029,153,882 in the box office which is more than what the majority of the Harry Potter movies made separately. It is amazing to find the a movie, which probably would have been laughed at if it were released in the modern day society of the twenty first century, that has got a lot of today’s popular movies totally beaten profit wise.

With the budget, Steven Spielberg created one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever, fueled by adrenaline and filled with heart pounding moments; it is a movie that will have people watching for generations.

Whilst it won’t compare to many of today’s movies which have much better graphics and special effects, this is definitely a must see at least once in your life kind of movie.

From the gentle Brachiosaurus to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, a lot of the time in this movie is consumed with jaw dropping murderous dinosaur scenes, terrified screams and life or death situations. Some of Spielberg’s best cinematic tricks to creating an automatic award winning piece of film.

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In the classic Spielberg way, Jurassic Park spans over various exotic locales, which give it a much bigger feel whilst stitching various plot points together, whether it’s in a great big open clearing or in a dense jungle, there are plenty of interesting locations shown within the movie.

For the 90’s, this movie was amazing, it was a special effects heaven. Right from the first encounter with the Brachiosaurus to the impeccably created Tyrannosaurus Rex. Everything that is shown in the movie is instantly made even better by the fact that it is all taking place in the middle of an out of control storm.

Those who read the book will remember that the most memorable part was when the vicious Velociraptors make their entrance, the movie did not disappoint fans when this scene occurred. It was just as intense and gripping as it was in the book and it left viewer completely in the edge of their seats wondering whether the prey was going to make it out alive or not.

Richard Attenborough totally shines in his role as John Hammond and is easily the best actor in this movie, especially when he appears in multiple moving scenes which really make the audience feel for his character. Specifically when he fears for both of his grandchildren’s lives and when he shows remorse at the end up the movie, realizing that he has totally failed at his dream and that he managed to get multiple people killed in the process. He captures the sense of wonder and an old man’s dreams perfectly, something which makes him the best developed character in the movie. No other character shows as much depth or emotion as he does.

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The rest of the characters in the movie felt as though they were just there to move the story along, they were without depth and it was difficult to truly empathize with them beyond the initial “I hope they make it through okay” thought.
If you want a movie full of jump scares, intensity, 90’s special effects and truky terrifying moments, this is a movie you’ll definitely want to see.

Any parents who want to introduce their kids to a movie they grew up watching might want exercise caution with the violence shown throughout the entirety of the movie, even with the desensitization of today’s youth when it comes to sci-fi horror, make sure your kid isn’t going end up hiding behind the couch for the entire movie. For the 90’s Jurassic Park was definitely one of the most violent PG-13 movies to have been released, obviously, it’s nothing compared to what we might see in the television and film industry these days, but in its time, it was a real shocker.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for a classic 90’s movie, bad special effects and all, this is a movie to watch.

As Dr. Grant said in the movie “Dinosaurs do what they do.” and what it is that they do is downright scary at times.

Now, I’m off to binge on the other two movies in preparation of the release of Jurassic World which is set to release in the United States on June 15th.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Playing Jurassic Park Builder

Jurassic Park Builder is a park building simulation game available for free download on iPad, iPhone, Android and the Amazon Kindle, it is also available to play on PC through Facebook. The game was developed and published by Canadian games development company Ludia in 2012. Players are given a stretch of land which they must develop into a profitable dinosaur park, expanding their park as they develop further.
With a four star rating in the iOS app store, what is it that makes this game so compelling to users?

Fast Paced Gameplay

The gameplay of Jurassic park Builder is fairly fast paced as the player is immediately thrown into developing their parks whilst the game also walks them through the basics of running their parks and building up their dinosaur inventory. The player is also immediately given quests which have them jump right into the action of the game.

Various Thing To Do

The player is given a wide array of things to do to fill their game playing experience, whilst main aim of the game is to find as many dinosaurs as you can, that is not all there is to the game. The play can have three different parks where their different types of dinosaurs reside; the Jurassic park, the Aquatic park and the Glacier park. There is also a mini game mode in the form of the battle arena where players are able to use their strongest dinosaurs to do battle against other players dinosaurs. Other mini game types are Tournament Mode and Code Red.

Subtly Story-Driven

John Hammond has made you the manager of Jurassic Park. You have to build a well functioning Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar. Characters from the Jurassic Park films will be helping you do this, by checking on your progress and helping you advance further in the game by offering pointers and advice on what to do to be successful. After the player has completed their Jurassic Park and the Aquatic Park, John Hammond wants to open the Glacier Park; featuring the extinct animals of the Cenozoic Era. Introducing the younger generation to the story of Jurassic Park is a great way of keeping the classic movies alive.

Educational and Fun

With over 90 different types of dinosaurs to collect, the player is encouraged to learn more about the Jurassic Period and the creatures they are nurturing. The dinosaurs are placed in different enclosures depending on whether they are carnivores or herbivores; this helps the player with easy identification when gathering food for their dinosaurs.

Different Than Other Park Building Games

Whilst building and business simulation games have been around for quite some time, initially gaining popularity from games like Rollercoaster Tycoon which was released in the late 90’s, it is only recently through mobile technology and social media that they have really grown in popularity. There are almost 200 business simulation games in the business simulation game category on Wikipedia alone, with that many options out there, does Jurassic Park Builder really stand a chance at being any different? Many critics have said yes it does. Whilst most games in this genre are all about making money, Jurassic Park Builder stands out with its many features, not just the money making aspect, one of the biggest things in the game is that player has to find genetic matter which they have to then develop into full grown dinosaurs themselves. Another pretty big difference is the believable graphics in the game, it really looks like what they are trying to portray unlike a lot of games out there.

Jurassic Park Builder has a metacritic score of 70 and has generally favorable reviews from critics. A critic from Gamezebo said “Jurassic Park Builder’s core gameplay certainly doesn’t break new ground, but it builds a solid experience with its old materials. Even if you master dinosaur wrangling, however, don’t get too confident: life finds a way (to eat you alive).”

My Reaction to the Game

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After going through the game tutorial and being shown the ropes of dinosaur taming, I quickly grew enthralled with the idea of recreating a species that has been long since wiped out and before long I owned ten different dinosaurs and lot of decorations meticulously placed around my neatly arranged park. The game itself is easy enough to get the hang of and you quickly amass amber pieces to research new dinosaur species with.

Decoding the genetic material stored inside the amber pieces were another story though. Initially, all my research attempts in the research center were nsucessful, but as I gained more dinosaurs, the attempts began failing and I would have to spend a lot of my coins decoding ten parts of the gene, it would give the option to retry the part that failed for one dinobuck, this is definitely a process that it made easier by spending real money for dinobucks.

Once I got past that and I had my shiny new dinosaur in my park, I could level him up to level 10 but then I would need to head back to the research center once again to evolve him. All in all, it’s a crazy process that does get old very quickly, but does not take all the fun out of the game. While waiting to gain more coins, meat and crops, there was a bunch of other fun things to do to keep me from getting bored, between battling my friends and perfecting my island I had plenty to do to keep my entertained.

You gain experience pretty fast through all sorts of things, you can also build up a nice little nest egg of both coins and dinosaur food pretty quick, meaning that you rarely have to wait long if you really don’t have anything to do. I can play this game for hours on end without losing interest; I literally have to force myself to put my iPad down, or being down for maintenance does the trick too!  I definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys simulation games. It’s a classic concept with a really great new twist.

Jurassic Park Builder Limited Edition Dinosaurs

Although most of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park Builder can be found at any time throughout the game, there have been some that are limited edition and were only available for a certain amount of time.  Here’s a list of all the limited edition dinosaurs in Jurassic Park Builder.

Tuojiangosaurus

The Tuojiangosaurus was one of the first limited edition dinosaurs to come to Jurassic Park Builder.  It was released in September 2012 and was only available for a few days.  The Tuojiangosaurus is an herbivore.

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Yutyrannus

The Yutyrannus is the largest known feathered dinosaur that has been discovered.  It was released in the Jurassic Park Builder game in October 2012 and was only available for a couple days like the other limited edition dinosaurs.  The Yutyrannus is a carnivore and was only available for purchase using cash.

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Carnotaurus

The Carnotaurus is a carnivore, in case you couldn’t guess from the name.  The Carnotaurus was added to Jurassic Park Builder in October 2012 and is supposedly still available now.  Not much is known at this time on how to get a Carnotaurus though.

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Amargasaurus

The Amargasaurus is another limited edition dinosaur that was released in December 2012.  Amargasaurus are herbivores and have a double row of spines along their back.

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Jurassic Park Builder Resources

As you probably know, there are a variety of different resources needed to build and run your park in Jurassic Park Builder.  These resources vary from the types of money needed to buy items to the different kinds of food you need to feed your dinosaurs.  Here are some brief descriptions of the resources in Jurassic Park Builder and how they are used.

Currency

The two main types of currency in Jurassic Park Builder are Coins and Bucks.

Coins

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Coins can be earned by doing missions, having park visitors, and doing pretty much any other activity in Jurassic Park Builder.  Then you can spend them to get new attractions and other items for your park.

Bucks

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Bucks are the second form of currency in Jurassic Park Builder.  Unlike coins, bucks must be purchased using real money.  You can then use your bucks to purchase rare or special items like exclusive dinosaurs, items or even coins and food.

Jurassic Park Builder Food

There are a total of six different kinds of food in Jurassic Park Builder.  Each of the three parks has two different types of food.  Food can either be raised and harvested or it can be purchased from the Harbors at each park by spending coins.

Jurassic Park Food

The classic Jurassic Park has two types of food: meat and crops.

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The meat is used to feed your carnivore dinosaurs.

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The crops are used to feed your herbivore dinosaurs.

Aquatic Park Food

There are two types of food available for the aquatic dinosaurs and creatures: fish and crustaceans.

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Most of the aquatic creatures eat fish.

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Some of them require crustaceans to eat and survive.

Glacier Park Food

For the Glacier Park creatures, there are two different types of meat and crops.  These are different from the meat and crops you’ll find at the Jurassic Park.

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This is what the meat looks like for the Glacier Park dinosaurs and other creatures.

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The crops for the Glacier Park herbivores look like the ones pictured above.

These are the main types of resources you will find in the Jurassic Park Builder game!  Coins and bucks probably have the most flexibility for what you can do with them but the food resources are equally, if not more important.  Without food, your dinosaurs will die!

If you’re having trouble earning coins or are tired of waiting for crops or meat to be ready, check out our Jurassic Park Builder hack tool!  You can get thousands of coins in no time and then use them to purchase food or anything else you want!

We also will be posting some new cheats for Jurassic Park Builder as we find them so be sure to check back!

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