It is critical Jurassic Park sequels haven’t managed to get as much love as the first film, but there are still plenty of great moments of dinosaur perfection throughout the franchise. Adapted from Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, Jurassic Park arrived on cinema screens in 1993. Bring the dinosaurs to life with visual effects way ahead of their time, Jurassic Park was not only a box office hit, but went on to become the highest grossing film ever made at the time. Jurassic Park‘s success would lead to two sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park IIIwhere the franchise was later revived in the 21st century with Jurassic World trilogy.
Even with its shaky scientific accuracy with dinosaurs, Jurassic Park continues to endure as the gold standard for dinosaur movies. However, its five sequels would experience varying degrees of success and a generally more mixed reception. Still no Jurassic Park or Jurassic World the film has been without its own memorable dinosaur action scenes or moments of general dino wonder. In the case of Jurassic Park sequels, there are seven moments in particular that stand out the most as showcasing the majesty of the dinosaurs with a similar awe-inspiring quality to the original Jurassic Park did.
The Aviary – Jurassic Park III
When Dr. Trying to get away from Isla Sorna, Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola) and the Kirby family encounter an unexpected surprise when they wander into Site B’s aviaries to encounter the Pteranodon family inside. Before they unnecessarily hated Jurassic Park IIIPteranodons had only been seen briefly at the end of The Lost Worldwhich made their full debut in Jurassic Park III one of the film’s highlights.
The action in the aviary is fast and exciting as Billy makes one of the most daring decisions of any character Jurassic Park franchise. The mix of CGI and animatronics is also very well handled to bring the Pteranodon family to life – especially the hungry infants in the nest. With this memorable moment, Jurassic Park III literally leaves the door open for Pteranodons to take flight again in the series.
Talking Velociraptors – Jurassic Park III
Velociraptors’ intelligence has long been touted as one of their most important traits, but Jurassic Park III comes with the big reveal that the Raptors can communicate with each other. Dr. Alan Grant’s theory holds up when a Raptor calls out to his pack while hunting the humans. The language of the creatures heard in the first two Jurassic Park film cleverly recycled sound effects (from footage of turtle mating) designed to reflect the complex Velociraptor language. While Jurassic Park III‘s much-mocked talking Raptor in Alan’s Nightmare is still the stuff of memes, Jurassic Park III nevertheless, the idea that Raptors communicate provided to make them even more deadly hunters.
Escape From Isla Nublar – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
When Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom begins, Isla Nublar faces a massive volcanic eruption, prompting Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to organize a rescue operation for Jurassic World’s surviving dinosaurs. Besides being a strong action sequence in itself, the eruption of the volcano is in Fallen kingdom is also the first time that Jurassic Park or Jurassic World movie placed the dinosaurs in a situation similar to their original extinction event millions of years ago. Naturally, Jurassic Park‘s show-stealing dinosaur, the T-Rex, is also set to add some more visceral power to the sequence, and is one of the biggest highlights of Fallen kingdom
Eddie Saving The Trailers – The Lost World: Jurassic Park
A misunderstanding between The Lost World‘s human protagonists and a T-Rex family lead to the group’s research trailer dangling over a cliff, where Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff) arrives to rescue his friends. Mark the point in The Lost World where the film’s action begins to intensify, Eddie’s trailer rescue is a great action scene enhanced by the punishing rain and John Williams’ heartbreaking score. Unfortunately, Eddie’s efforts lead to him being killed by the returning T-Rex, a victim Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) acknowledges, which makes The Lost World‘s trailer set piece one of the most memorable heroics in Jurassic Park franchise.
The Pteranodon’s Escape – Jurassic World
When Jurassic World’s new dinosaur creation, the Indominus Rex, wreaks havoc in the park, the Pteranodon’s aviary is accidentally opened, setting them loose in the park. Jurassic Park III‘s aforementioned aviary sequence might have finally brought the Pteranodons into action, but Jurassic World manages to top it off completely with the swarm of Pteranodons set loose in the park. Admittedly, (Katie McGrath’s) passing somewhat spoils the set piece, seemingly intended as a showdown for a character who doesn’t deserve one. The blemish aside, Jurassic World‘s Pteranodon sequence is still a lot of action-packed dino fun.
The Malta Chase – Jurassic World: Dominion
A dinosaur auction in Malta turns into a wild hunt through the city’s streets Jurassic World: Dominion, as a pack of Atrociraptors are unleashed, serving as the set’s prehistoric antagonists. A thing Jurassic World movies have consistently excelled at showcasing the speed of Raptors that was previously teased in the original Jurassic Parkbut Dominion‘s Malta hunt takes it to a whole new level. Even with humans evading them by motorcycle and truck, the Atrociraptors still keep up with them easily. Undoubtedly, Dominion‘s Malta hunt is one of them Jurassic Park the franchise’s biggest action sequences.
The T-Rex’s Return – Jurassic World
After being defeated by Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park IIImakes the T-Rex a triumphant comeback to the cinema screens in Jurassic World. After the T-Rex is mostly kept off screen Jurassic WorldClaire Dearing frees the beast from its pen to stop the rampaging Indominus Rex, resulting in the T-Rex blasting through a Spinosaurus skeleton in a not-so-subtle rebuke to its earlier loss.
Jurassic Worlds dino smackdown of T-Rex and the clever Velociraptor Blue battling the Indominus Rex is a great finale for Jurassic Park the franchise’s return to theaters, with the T-Rex fittingly ending the film with one final roar of victory. With Jurassic Park franchise after being on ice for 14 years until this point, Jurassic World rebooted the franchise’s adventure to widespread acclaim and a then-new opening weekend record. The film’s success may set the finale apart Jurassic World as the biggest dinosaur action scene among them Jurassic Park sequels, featuring the original T-Rex’s comeback Jurassic World is an essential element in its success.
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