Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park III Movie Poster
Directed by Joe Johnston
Produced by Larry J. Franco
Kathleen Kennedy
Steven Spielberg
Written by Michael Crichton (char)
Alexander Payne
Peter Buchman
Jim Taylor
Starring Sam Neill
William H. Macy
Téa Leoni
Alessandro Nivola
Trevor Morgan
Michael Jeter
John Diehl
Bruce A. Young
Laura Dern
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Release date(s) July 18, 2001
Running time 92 min.
Language English
Budget $93,000,000 (estimated)
Preceded by The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Followed by Jurassic Park IV
IMDb profile

Jurassic Park III is a 2001 motion picture, and a sequel of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the highly successful original Jurassic Park. The film was directed by Joe Johnston and stars Sam Neill, Téa Leoni and William H. Macy.

Plot summary

It is some four years after the second film, The Lost World. The public is aware of the existence of cloned dinosaurs on Isla Sorna. Taking advantage of this, an illegal boat-towed para-foiling operation "Dino-Soar" has been set up to give coastal tours of the island. A young boy, dinosaur enthusiast Erik Kirby (Trevor Morgan), and family friend Ben Hildebrand (Mark Harelik), decide to go parasailing. However, the boat is seemingly attacked by dinosaurs and left unmanned, heading toward some rocks. Erik and Ben then detach the tow rope and drift towards the island.

Meanwhile, the viewers revisit Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern). Both have continued their paleontological careers but are working independently now; Ellie has married and has children; Grant is still digging, now with his young protégé Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola), and has made some interesting discoveries about the Velociraptor, even producing a replica of the animal's resonating chamber, equivalent to a voice box.

Grant is approached by Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), saying they are wealthy thrill-seekers, who want Grant to give them an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. Grant is reluctant at first but once again, the Kirbys' promise of funding his dig gets the better of him.

The plane carrying Grant, Billy, the Kirbys and three mercenaries arrives at Isla Sorna. Piloting the plane is M. B. Nash and a self-styled "booking agent" named Michael Udesky. Grant suspects something is not quite right when the Kirbys try to land the plane. Grant becomes agitated and is knocked unconscious by the last mercenary named Cooper. When the plane lands, it is quickly attacked by a Spinosaurus, a colossal finned dinosaur, killing Cooper on the runway. The plane hits the Spinosaurus on takeoff and crashes up in some tall trees. The dinosaur bites the front of the plane off and eats the pilot, Nash (along with a satellite phone), stranding the rest of the group on the island. A chase ensues in which the party runs into a bull Tyrannosaurus which chases them until it meets the Spinosaurus. A fight ensues where the Spinosaurus kills the Tyrannosaurus by snapping its neck.

Grant finds out that the Kirbys are in fact searching for their lost son and not as wealthy as they claim. Grant decides to lead the group toward the shore. Along the way, the group encounters the parafoils, as well as the remains of Ben Hildebrand. Erik, however, seems to have escaped safely. Billy salvages the parafoils. Also discovered nearby are a nest of Velociraptor eggs.

The group approaches an old InGen laboratory. After briefly exploring the building's interior, they are attacked by a group of Velociraptors. During the resulting chase, Grant becomes separated from Billy and the Kirbys. The booking agent, Udesky, runs into a pack of Velociraptors, who cripple him severely. Billy and the Kirbys have climbed up a tree and notice the man's body. He moves his arm leading them to believe he is still alive. When Amanda Kirby nearly tumbles from the tree, two raptors scurry out of the bushes and attack. One of the male raptors calls for help and the two threatening Billy and the Kirbys are urged to go. Before leaving though the male raptor snaps Udesky's neck.

In the meantime Grant is rescued from a pack of raptors by young Erik Kirby, who has been living on the island for two months in the back of a truck. Erik has salvaged supplies and food from the InGen compound and has discovered other tools for survival.


Eventually, everyone is reunited, but they soon find themselves being chased by the Spinosaurus (who they notice after they hear the satellite phone ringing from inside the dinosaur). Able to find shelter in another building, Grant finds out that Billy stole some Velociraptor eggs, explaining the earlier attack. He is furious with Billy, claiming he is "no better than the people who built this place".

The group attempts to reach a boat docked in a nearby river. However, they have to pass through a massive aviary and are attacked by Pteranodons. Using the parafoil he salvaged, Billy tries to rescue Erik from a nest of Pteranodon "chicks" and is attacked by several adults. He plunges into the river as they continue to attack him, seemingly killing him.

Grant and the Kirbys board the boat, encountering some Parasaurolophus, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Ankylosaurus grazing in a field. Grant briefly marvels at the way they coexist with their environment.

While floating down river they hear a familiar ring tone. They find some Spinosaurus dung containing the undigested bones and clothes of the mercenaries. Among them is the satellite phone, swallowed by the Spinosaurus earlier. A Ceratosaurus approaches but is warded off by the smell. As they set off down the river, Erik notes that the fish in the water seemed frightened. The Spinosaurus attacks and rips the engine open, spilling oil into the river. Grant attempts to contact Ellie, but only gets out "The river... Site B! The river!" as the Spinosaurus attacks again, tearing the boat apart. It gives Amanda a minor scratch injury with its huge claws and nearly drowns the group. Paul manages to distract the Spinosaurus by climbing a construction crane while Grant fires a flare gun, igniting the spilt engine oil and scaring the dinosaur away.

The group is close to the shore when suddenly the raptors reappear, wanting their eggs back. The eggs are given back to the raptors, and using Billy's raptor resonating chamber Grant fakes a signal that momentarily confuses the raptors, who retreat when they hear the approach of helicopters.

The group arrives at the beach to see a military detachment, including two aircraft carriers, no doubt sent by Ellie, awaiting them. As they board a helicopter, Grant finds Billy, still alive but badly injured. As the helicopter heads toward an amphibious assault ship, some Pteranodon fly by, looking for new nesting grounds. Template:Endspoiler

Featured dinosaurs and other reptiles


These are dinosaurs and other reptiles featured in JP3:

For a complete list see Isla Sorna


  • Jurassic Park III is the first Jurassic Park film not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, written by David Koepp, or feature original music by John Williams. It's also the first film in the series not to be directly based on a Michael Crichton novel, although it contains minor scenes from Crichton's Jurassic Park and The Lost World novels that were not featured in the film versions.
  • According to director Joe Johnston, he was interested in directing the sequel to Jurassic Park and approached friend Steven Spielberg about the project. Spielberg said that should interest come in doing a second sequel, Johnston would be directing it as it happened.
  • Several of the action sequences, such as the Pteranodon aviary and the Spinosaurus's river attack, were featured in the original Jurassic Park novel but due to budget and story concerns, were left out of the previous films. Also, the sequence in the laboratory, with all the tiny dinosaur fetuses in the tanks of liquid, was in the Lost World novel, but not in that movie.
  • Isla Sorna's look in this film is somewhat different from that in The Lost World. This is because much of The Lost World was shot in California forests while Jurassic Park III was filmed in Hawaii (unless, this part of Isla Sorna gets more moisture than the other part, possiblity with help from the mountains). Surprisingly, the vast majority of the jungle secenes are actually studio-based, as revealed by the Joe Johnston commentary in the 'Ultimate Edition' JP DVD set.
  • Draft scripts featured Billy's death. He was brought back in late revisions to remove all tragic elements from the ending in order for the film to end on a higher note.


Jurassic Park III opened to mixed reviews and audience reaction. Some believed it was an improvement over The Lost World: Jurassic Park, while others felt the series was spiraling into B-movie territory, something that had also happened with Universal's Jaws franchise. Although the film was a big success which earned $180 million domestic and $365 million worldwide, it performed a little low compared to its predecessors. Many fans also didn't react favorably to the fight scene between the Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus, believing that the Tyrannosaurus should have been the victor and that it eliminated a crucial element to the series.


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