Thursday, 19 April 2012

....but look at the view! "The Lost World"

Greetings! It's been a while, I know, but I've been super busy with school and now my internship... working 7 days a week is quite exhausting. Anyways, on one of my nights off, I decided to watch some of my old favourites, and I decided upon "The Lost World," featuring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, and Vince Vaughn.

The Movie

Sequel to the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the plot is essentially Dr. Ian Malcolm (Goldbloom) is essentially forced to go back to InGen's "biological preserve" islands, where a genetic experiment went very, very wrong a few years earlier. However, this island is not the resort portion of the park, but the breeding center, and all the animals have escaped and bred in the absence of their human caretakers. 

So, Dr. Malcom goes to this new island to try and rescue his animal psychologist girlfriend Sara (Moore), along with a team of wildlife researchers, but the animals prove to be more wild then they previously imagined. And, after another team of poachers, secretly sent by InGen to "pillage" the animals for profit, things go from bad to worse very quickly. The ending is pretty out there, and certainly isn't the same as the first film, which makes it just as much of a contender as the first film for quality. 

What Doesn't Make Sense
So, although we learned from the first film that no amount of technology can help you to survive when you're surrounded by dinosaurs, the research team brings a whole bunch of fancy trailers, jeeps, rigs, and hand-held devices. In theory, they are well-prepared, and they choose a very beautiful clearing at the edge of a cliff to set up came. It's all fine and dandy until this happens...

Yup, the beautiful view turned out to be a not-so-beautiful view once the T-Rex's figured it out. 

My first observation is 'Why the HECK did they put the trailer so close to the cliffs!?' I understand that they want to stay as close to edge of the island as possible, as it is mentioned earlier in the film that all the carnivorous dinosaurs are concentrated in the center. But really, on top of a cliff?? Why!?

My second observation is that this trailer has TWO DOORS! Earlier in the movie, even moments earlier when Dr. Malcolm runs into the trailer to warn Sarah and Nick (Vaughn), you can see the second door. So, when they tried the first door and discovered it was jammed, they could have just walked 6 feet to the left and tried the other one. Or even jump out the front windshield, which has now been shattered by the T-Rex's. Point is there were a couple alternatives to getting out of the trailer BEFORE it was pushed over the cliff. 

And just as one last little additional remark. T-Rex is not exactly known for being extremely intelligent. They can smell rotting flesh from miles away, but I doubt they would be able to huddle together and come up with a plan to push a trailer over the edge of the cliff. So I also find it unlikely that this entire scenario would occur...

But, I love this movie none the less. Jeff Goldblum pretty much makes the entire film with his witty remarks, and the special effects are still amazing (they go down hill in the 3rd film...). So if you haven't seen this movie yet, DO IT! I like to think of it as a modern cautionary tale, essentially trying to tell us that just because we have the scientific capability to bring animals back from extinction doesn't mean we should. Because they'll eat you!

Until next time

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