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Monday, July 1, 2013

Jurassic Park vs The Lost World

My dear audience, welcome…to Jurassic Park…vs The Lost World. I'm Linus Schill, and you are about to see just how similar these two movies are.

Recently I re-watched the first two Jurassic Park films. After finishing the second, I realized that there were a lot of things that seemed to be repetitive between the movies. Now I know, obviously there is an island with dinosaurs that attack everyone, thats practically the definition of Jurassic Park. I am referring to the some specific moments that you never even realized were repeated. As I describe the scenes in detail, you can follow a long with the chart at the bottom.
First, the jaw-drop at the beginning. The Lost World practically uses the exact same movement, camera angle, and expression as the first. It is nearly impossible to miss this when you watch The Lost World.
Second, t-rex…SMASH. This one is a little bit more subtle, but still noticeable. Towards the end of the second movie, when Eddie is trying to save the three that are hanging over the cliff, two tyrannosaurus ambush him and one of them smashes through the roof of his car. Does this remind you of anything? Oh yeah, when the Rex breaks out of its paddock in the first film, and the smashes through the roof of the kids' car.
Next, the lawyer. Obviously the film will have lawyers in it. The plot of the movies are to try and legalize a park with giant vicious predators, there will be some overlooking. However, it wasn't necessary for them to have them die almost exactly the same way. There are a million other dinosaurs that could have killed him, but a t-rex, and they same style of death too. Not very creative on their parts.
Another repetitive plot detail, involved the kids. Now, I am not a big fan of the kids. In fact, they are my least favorite part of the movies. One thing about them makes me really annoyed, and this happens clearly in both movies. Each kid has its own special talent, that is mentioned once at the beginning of the film awkwardly, and doesn't fit into the conversation they are talking about. Then, at the end of the film, the kid swoops in and saves the day by using this ability very unrealistically. Lex could have given Ellie or Allen the gun when they were holding back the door. Kelly would have been freaking out, not swinging on bars and then KICKING A DINOSAUR! No child would do that, even if they say they would.
This next shot happens quick, but once you think about it, you realize how similar they are. In the first film, Lex and others are climbing in the air ducts. The raptor jumps up and knocks out the grating. As Lex is pulling herself up, the raptor jumps up, and only misses her by an inch. This was very terrifying in theaters, because of how sudden and fast it moved. In the second film, Sarah climbs out onto the roof to escape the coming raptors. She jumps to a secondary roof, but slips. As she is pulling herself back up, a raptor on the group jumps of quickly in the exact same motion as the one in Jurassic Park. We already saw it once, it was scary the second time!
Finally, the survivors. Steven Spielberg has a very predictable outcome of the characters, who lives, who dies. These movies are no exceptions.

  • There is the main character: Alan in JP, Ian in LW
  • The love interest: Ellie in JP, Sarah in LW
  • The male friend/companion: Ian in JP, Nick in LW
  • The kid(s): Lex and Tim in JP, Kelly in LW
  • The other person who died saving the rest: Muldoon in JP, Eddie in LW
Really Spielberg? You couldn't have done it A LITTLE different.

There are many many more, but those are the ones that really stood out to me. Thank you for reading my unique report on the distinct similarities between Jurassic Park and The Lost World. See you next time.
Linus Schill–––––––13
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Check out my reviews for the trilogy, and for the first film in 3D.