The Lost World (1997)

Four years after the events on Isla Nublar, a wealthy family docks their yacht ashore at the nearby Isla Sorna, unaware that the island contains genetically engineered dinosaurs. Their daughter wanders off to a nearby jungle, where she is attacked by a group of Compsognathus, but is saved by her father and yacht crew.

John Hammond ( Richard Attenborough) invites mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to discuss the recent incident. InGen is now headed by Hammond’s nephew Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard), who used the incident to wrest control of the company from Hammond. Ian learns that InGen had originally created the Jurassic Park dinosaurs on Isla Sorna but the island was abandoned during a storm and the animals were released into the wild to fend for themselves. Ludlow now wants to exploit the island’s creatures to save InGen from bankruptcy. Hammond asks Ian to join a team who will document the dinosaurs in their natural habitat, in order to encourage a policy of non-interference. Ian’s girlfriend, paleontologist Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore), was hired and is already on Isla Sorna. Upon learning this, Ian reluctantly agrees to go to the island, but only to retrieve Sarah.

Ian travels to Isla Sorna with Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff), an equipment specialist and engineer, and Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn), a video documentarian and activist. Ian is shocked to find his daughter Kelly (Vanessa Chester) stowed away with them in a trailer, which serves as their mobile base on the island. They also find Sarah, but she is insistent on staying to continue her research. The group discovers that Ludlow is also on the island and capturing large numbers of dinosaurs with help from teams of mercenaries, hunters and palaeontologists including big game hunters Roland Tembo (Pete Posteletwaite) and Ajay Sidhu( Harvey Jason); Roland’s second-in-command, Dieter Stark (Peter Stormare); and paleontologist Dr. Robert Burke (Thomas F. Duffy).

Malcolm’s group learns that Ludlow and the InGen team are planning to ship the captured specimens to an unfinished Jurassic Park attraction in San Diego that Hammond abandoned in favor of the park on Isla Nublar. Nick and Sarah free the captured dinosaurs, who wreak havoc across the InGen team’s camp. On the way back to the mobile base, Nick rescues an injured Tyrannosaurus rex infant that Roland hoped to use as bait to hunt its male parent. Nick and Sarah treat the infant for a broken leg, but the Tyrannosaurus adults arrive. They reclaim their infant, destroy the trailer, and devour Eddie, who was trying to rescue the occupants. 

Ian and his group are rescued by Ludlow’s team. They are forced to work together after losing all their communications equipment. They decide to reach an abandoned InGen site to call for help. Dieter is later separated from everyone else while trying to relieve himself in the wilderness, where he is killed by a group of Compsognathus. After the team sets up a camp for the night, they are ambushed by the Tyrannosaurus adults: Burke is devoured, and everyone else flees into a field of long grass containing a pack of Velociraptors, which kill Ajay and others.

Ian, Sarah, Kelly, and Nick manage to reach the InGen base, ward off more Velociraptors, and successfully radio for helicopter extraction. After being rescued, Nick reveals that he stole Roland’s ammunition to prevent him from killing his intended trophy, but they learn that Roland subdued the male Tyrannosaurus with tranquilizers instead. While more InGen personnel arrive on the island to secure the male and the infant for transportation, Roland declines a job offer at the San Diego park from Ludlow, reflecting on Ajay’s death and questioning the morality of Ludlow’s scheme.Tyrannosaur male on his rampage through San Diego.

Later, Ian and Sarah attempt to meet with Ludlow in San Diego to convince him to abandon his plans, only for the ship carrying the male Tyrannosaurus to suddenly crash into the docks. The crew is found to have been killed. The male T. rex is accidentally released and goes on a rampage in the city. Ian and Sarah learn that the infant was taken directly to the planned theme park. They retrieve it and use it as bait to lure the male back to the docks, where Ludlow is cornered by both dinosaurs in the cargo hold of the ship, crippled by the adult, and mauled to death by the infant. Sarah uses a tranquilizer gun to sedate the male, while Ian seals the cargo hold doors and police arrive to secure the scene.

In the aftermath, with both dinosaurs on their way back to Isla Sorna, Hammond appears in a televised news interview to announce that the American and Costa Rican governments have declared the island a nature preserve.

Just like the first Jurassic Park film. I enjoy this one as well but not as much as the 1st or the 4th. I would hold off on watching it with your children though if they can’t handle scary. There are other dinosaur movies that are much better for children.

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