It is obvious that Spielberg made this one just for profit. It lacks any heart or soul and is one of the director's worst films as the film is completely on auto-pilot with action set pieces that look like leftovers from the first film. A lot of the plot doesn't make sense and has serious logic bursts too. I do like the darker atmosphere and cinematography and the effects doesn't make anyone sad, but that is all.
Highly unsatisfying sequel that comes as morally corrupted story, with first half being overdone with over the top suspension that insults intelligence, while the second tries to be Nosferatu, King Kong and every other inappropriate mashup just to squeeze out the last drop of common sense that predecessor had, and to conclude it abruptly and awkwardly just as it was carried out through the whole running time.
Yet another time capsule of 90's movie making. Full of set-piece action filled scenes. Goldblum's character is less sassy and less fun but plenty more one liners from goldblum. Classic. Fun, but a more muddled storyline than the first. And the San Diego scene is a little tacked on for sure.
Smart and visually exciting. The Lost World is still by far the best JP sequel. Spielberg indulges in clichés, consciously embracing all that a sequel demanded—more dinosaurs, finding/creating loose ends, fiercer, darker—added to a very healthy amount of adventure and B-movie styled filmmaking and references. Just the T-Rex attack on the trailer is a better constructed action sequence than any in JP3 or JW.
I rewatched this after the disaster that was Jurassic World. How ANYONE can think that this is not the 2nd best in the series is beyond me. This is bigger, badder and darker than the original and Spielberg brings it. The action set pieces are jaw dropping (especially the cliff scene). Watch one scene from this film and if you think for a moment World is better, die.
Mercenaries hunting a field of prehistoric creatures. Our heroes tossed over the side of a muddy cliff by two angry dinos. A T-Rex set loose on San Diego. "Lost World" finds Spielberg at his most visually playful, and the meticulously crafted setpieces ensure the film is entertaining as an action movie. What's missing are the performances, the dialogue, and character interactions that made the original so memorable.
Darker and meaner than most of Spielberg's other work, and smarter than the other sequels, Lost World is more melodramatic than the 1st with too many dramatic-emotion killing one-liners, yet its simple setup/basic plot does not get in the way of the storyless spectacle. Therefore, it isn't as fettered as the other sequels' exaggerated plot flows. Instead, it builds suspense/tension and action better for its type
How do you follow up Jurassic Park? After the "oohs and ahhs" from being overwhelmed by seeing dinosaurs for the first time, we get more running and screaming. It's a natural progression. This is a much meaner and darker sequel that delivers on some good ol'fashioned Spielbergian thrills. Despite some undeniably stupid moments, it's nowhere near as bad as its reputation suggests. Also, Jeff Goldblum.