The biggest problem with Jurassic Park III isn't the lack of plot (although the way in which the film lumbers from set-piece to set-piece is a little mechanical), it's the fact that the filmmakers kill off all of the expendable characters within the first few minutes, which means that you know that nobody else will die, thereby killing any possible tension. But this particular franchise has never been about anything other than spectacle, and this outing delivers in spades, with the Spinosaurus vs. T.-Rex battle and the Pteranodon Aviary sequences standing out in particular. It might not be great cinema, but in a year which gave us some of the worst blockbusters ever, at least Jurassic Park III shows you the money.
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