THE LOST WORLD
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard
Director Steven Spielberg
Opens May 23
Where does a seven-ton T. rex spend its summer vacation? Anywhere it wants. Of all the big-budget Event Movies lumbering toward the screen this season, none are as rapaciously anticipated — or as feared by rival studios — as the $80 million sequel to Jurassic Park, the behemoth hit of 1993 that’s earned close to a billion dollars worldwide. But after wowing audiences with state-of-the-art dino-effects the first time around, what can Spielberg possibly do for an encore? ”The challenge of the first movie was to make people believe that dinosaurs really exist,” says screenwriter David Koepp, who penned both Jurassic scripts. ”Now we’ve got to make the dinosaurs dance.” Says Moore, who plays a paleontologist: ”There are a lot more dinosaurs this time around, and they’re a lot more expressive. They actually have personalities. Their eyes actually have teardrops. It’s very weird.”
The plot involves a second dinosaur-infested island — Isla Sorna, or Site B, which was somehow overlooked in the first film — and two rival human groups that descend upon it. The bad guys, led by Howard, want to capture and exploit the creatures. The good guys attempt to protect and study them. Goldblum reprises his role as chaos expert Ian Malcolm, who’s fallen on tough times since his last Jurassic adventure (Whadda ya know: His colleagues don’t believe his dinosaur-that-got-away stories and think he’s a crackpot). Attenborough returns as paleo-millionaire John Hammond; and, of course, a slew of new scaly creatures make their big-screen debut, joining some of the old familiar prehistoric faces.
”This one is going to be much darker,” adds Goldblum. ”And there’s much more about how the dinosaurs live, about dinosaur society. As real as the dinosaurs were in the first one, they’re even more real this time.” UPSIDE Get real. Who isn’t going to line up for this one? DOWNSIDE Box office expectations are so huge the movie will be considered a disappointment if it doesn’t clear $200 million.