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The Lost World
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10.06.2004 By: Dr. Drew
The Lost World order
Director:
Steven Spielberg

Actors:
Jeff Goldblum
Julianne Moore
Vince Vaughn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A team of scientists (Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn) head out to a secret island where all the dinosaurs from the original flick were bred. While filming the beasts, they’re interrupted by a group of hunters sent by Ingen (the company that cloned them) who are looking to bring back live animal samples. Things get a little hectic and as Murphy’s Law states: "Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Well, you get the idea.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
An exciting and suspense filled romp, to say the least. Sequels usually just offer a water down version of their predecessors but Lost World actually delivers the goods. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun this movie was, losing myself in all the confusion and thrills. The dinosaurs looked incredible, if not more realistic the second time around. The acting was tight except for one little thing. I really could have done without the token young girl that was thrown in for the under 13 audience. I mean, at least explain how Goldblum had this illegitimate daughter! Nitpicking aside, Moore is great (as always) and Vaughn wasn’t too shabby either. The movie really kicks it into high gear with a lot of crazy chase scenes courtesy of those devious velociraptors. It even adopt a modern day King Kong motif as the T-Rex decides to stroll through the quiet suburbs of San Diego. Yowzas! A solid movie which is just as fun as the original.
THE EXTRAS
They squeezed in everything they possibly could, much to my delight. The documentary "Making of the Lost World" is a real treat to watch, going into substantial depth on all things Jurassic. 60 minutes later, you’ll understand how most of the scenes were put together. They’ve also included a small montage of deleted scenes in raw form which are nothing special. There’s plenty of illustrations, production notes, storyboards and model photographs. A small featurette on Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects people behind the movie, was a nice touch. Trailers for the first two movies as well as the upcoming third are also included. (The trailer for Jurassic Park 3 sucks, it doesn’t really reveal much at all) A dinosaur encyclopedia, showing pictures and extensive information on all dinos the flick is a great addition, especially for kids (and curious adults too!) who want to learn more about prehistoric reptiles. Like its counterpart, The Lost World has plenty of interesting and worthwhile extras which fans will absolutely love.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’m not a big fan of sequels because they usually end up tarnishing the reputation of a great movies. I just can’t say that about Lost World. It’s a mindless but suspenseful action movie which is sure to entertain viewers of all ages and the DVD packs in loads of cool extras. I’d suggest that fans of the movie definitely buy it but for the outsider, it also makes for a great rental too.
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