Modern Myth Media MMM #251 JURASSIC WORLD Review written by Sean Gerber June 15, 2015 Sean Gerber and Andy DiGenova join forces to discuss the film now responsible for the biggest opening weekend of all time, JURASSIC WORLD! Okay, so we didn’t know it was a record-breaker when we recorded, but as two long-time fans of the franchise, we were happy to explain why any success this film enjoys is money well-earned. Download HERE. MMM #251 JURASSIC WORLD Review was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Jurassic World 6 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Un-Muted Breaks Down UNBREAKABLE! next post INSIDE OUT Is A Masterpiece From The Master Storytellers At Pixar You may also like MMM #188: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds... 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CaptainJack I had a great time with the film as well, however I shared Andy’s main negative, and it was more of a hurdle for me it seems, in that there was not a singular sequence of prolonged tension that really could have gone a long way to make the film special and memorable – Lost World seems to get some unjustified “fashionable” hate these days, but there was nothing in Jurassic World that matched the bus on the cliff sequence from that film, and certainly nothing equivalent to the original T-Rex breakout scene or raptors in the kitchen sequence that effectively built tension with well-constructed peril. Not that the film had to do this by any means, but when you wear the Jurassic name I really expect wonder, awe, adventure (which this film certainly delivered) but also scenes of great suspense, which I feel it really lacked for the most part. Robert Reineke Yeah, The Lost World has some top notch set pieces because of Spielberg. No surprise since he’s been doing his thing since Duel. It’s not really a criticism of Treverrow to say that he isn’t as good as Spielberg since the list of peers in the history of film is small. I do agree with Sean that we’re overdue for some triceratops action. Michael My problem with The Lost World is that the entire plot of the movie hinges on Vince Vaughn bringing the injured T-Rex back to the trailers; which is one of the single dumbest decisions I’ve ever seen a character make in a film of this kind. I don’t care how innocent or cute that infant supposed to look, there’s just no way anyone would be dumb enough to do that. Took me right out the film. Robert Reineke That’s pretty much my problem too. Pete Postlewaite and Jeff Goldblum excluded the film is full of unlikable idiots. Good set pieces though. Sean Gerber Julianne Moore’s Sarah Harding is my major bugaboo with the film, as she is the one who actually should (and even demonstrates that she DOES) know better, but miraculously loses her intelligence when the plot needs a dino-hazard. She pets a baby stegosaurus, upsetting the animal and provoking an attack from the mother, which Sarah is lucky to survive. Mere minutes later, she tells the rest of the group how important it is that they only observe and not interfere with the dinosaurs in their natural habitat. I’m sorry, what? Vaughn’s Nick Van Owen probably should know better, but Sarah DEFINITELY knows better based on her reaction when the baby T-Rex is brought into the trailer. She says it’s a bad idea, but goes along with it anyway, because the movie really needs a T-Rex action sequence that rivals the first film, which this doesn’t. Still, I can forgive this because movies are filled with heroes who know better and do something anyway because it’s the right thing to do. All is forgiven here even though the more heroic Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff) becomes dino-dinner. What I cannot forgive is Sarah continuing to put the now bigger group in further danger by walking around in a jacket covered with baby T-Rex blood while telling everyone how impressive the species’ sense of smell is. Her character once again demonstrates a strong understanding of the situation, but is somehow incapable of knowing how to apply that knowledge even when the solution is blatantly obvious. I’m sorry again, but WHAT?! There is absolutely no reason to establish a character as both intelligent and an expert in her field only to have her act completely oblivious to her own understanding of the way things work. It is a cheap shortcut to, and I’m using the following term loosely, justify another T-Rex attack. Luckily for Sarah, she once again avoids paying for her mistake with her own life. The jacket was in her tent, but other folks got killed in all the panic. Her lucky pack keeps her safe while she’s the monkey’s paw to everyone else. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see this called out in the Honest Trailer for The Lost World. Then there’s Malcolm’s daughter, Kelly. I’ve yet to figure out why she’s in the movie other than a poor attempt to duplicate the “kids in danger” feel of the first film and so she can kick a Velociraptor to its impaled death. How she even gets on the island is clunky. Malcom leaves her in one room at the warehouse to go talk to Eddie and then boom! We’re all on the island! So am I to assume that before Malcolm left the country on a mission he knew could get him killed that he didn’t take a moment to make sure his daughter was either picked up by the person he said she’d be staying with or dropped off at that person’s home? If you’re going somewhere and there’s a reasonable possibility you might never return, how’s about making sure your kid is situated? I get it. Malcolm is supposed to be a bad dad, but his failure to make sure his daughter was being looked after while he was away isn’t even cited in the case against him. He’s just a dad who doesn’t live with his daughter and doesn’t know much about the goings on in her day-to-day life. Do I need to know that? I would if there was a character arc in which Malcolm is demonstrably on the path to being a better father by the end of the film, but he isn’t. It also isn’t acknowledged, let alone treated like a concern that we don’t know if Malcolm will be a better dad. Instead, these lines from early in the film are completely forgotten because they were only needed to have Kelly mad at Dad to nullify Dad being mad at her for sneaking onto the island in the first place. Even by 1997 standards, having the only two female characters, one of whom regularly forgets her own intelligence and expertise, on the island and accomplish nothing more than hassling and getting the men killed is problematic to say the least. Social concerns aside, it’s just plain bad storytelling to have characters be smart, but unintentionally act dumb or introduce problems for potential character arcs to solve and then forget to actually continue any character arc. The Lost World is bad. It might actually be worse than Jurassic Park III. Sure, that movie also has an expert who does something dumb to get the group chased by predators, but at least we get an actual motivation behind his recklessness. The late, great Pete Postlethwaite tries so hard and even makes me want to watch a movie about his Roland Tembo on safari, but he’s unfortunately stuck in this one. But hey, this was the same summer I watched Batman & Robin, so I didn’t mind it nearly as much at the time.