Film: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

"Something Has Survived"

The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the second film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Like the first film, it was also directed by Steven Spielberg.

After the abandonment of Isla Nublar following the events of the first film, John Hammond invites Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) for a visit, and reveals that there is a second island with dinosaurs, which served as a breeding ground for the park. When Malcolm learns that Hammond has already mounted an expedition to explore the island and sent over Malcolm's palaeontologist girlfriend Sarah (Julianne Moore) in advance, he heads out to the island to retrieve her. There they discover that the InGen executives have launched their own expedition to bring back some of the dinosaurs to recoup their losses from the first venture. Things quickly take a downturn as both parties lose their communications and have to find a way to get off the island alive.

The film is loosely based on The Lost World by Michael Crichton, though it takes even less from its source material than the first film did.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Kelly Malcolm becomes this during the climactic fight within the island interior, using gymnastics to knock a full-grown adult Velociraptor over, managing to get it impaled.
    Ian: The school cut you from the team?
  • Adaptation Distillation: The movie keeps the novel's basic premise and some of its characters, but is otherwise very different. Key characters from the novel like Doc Thorne, Richard Levine, Arby and Lewis Dodgson are omitted from the movie. John Hammond (still dead in the book's continuity), Roland Tembo, Nick van Owen, Peter Ludlow, Dieter Stark and Ajay do not appear in the novel. Eddie Carr and Doc Thorne are merged, as are Kelly and Arby. Dodgson's Big Bad role is effectively taken by Ludlow (both even die the same way).
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    Hammond: Don't worry. I'm not making the same mistakes again.
    Ian: No, you're making all new ones.
  • Affably Evil: Peter Ludlow. While thought out to be your everyday corrupt corporate executive, most of the time he comes off as an overly ambitious and naive as hell but at the same time pretty likable fellow. He follows Roland's "suggestions" as to how to conduct a dinosaur hunt, even after being scolded by him, and when he sees dinosaurs for the first time, he is genuinely excited and awe-struck, not unlike a kid on a Christmas morning. He respects people who work for him and is ready to offer them long-term jobs upon completing the task at hand. While his decision to bring dinosaurs to the mainland backfires terribly, it doesn't appear to be in any way more worthy of condemnation than whatever oversights his uncle, an enterpreneur far older and experienced than Peter, had made on Isla Nublar in the previous film.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Malcolm is not happy about Sarah going to Isla Sorna by herself.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Sarah and Nick, who are indirectly responsible for nearly every death in the movie due to them sabotaging In Gen's operation (forcing them to venture inland into raptor territory) and preventing Tembo from killing the T. Rex.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Sarah to Ian: "I've worked around predators since I was 20 years old. Lions, jackals,"
  • Badass: Roland Tembo manages to stay alive and capture a fully grown bull Tyrannosaurus... alive. All without a scratch.
  • Bald of Awesome: Roland Tembo, the big-game hunter hired by the baddies to lead the hunt. He's bald and middle aged, but he's on the island to hunt the last big-game creature left: a freaking bull Tyrannosaurus rex. And he does so.
  • Base on Wheels: The trailers used by Malcolm's team.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A group of Japanese business men are running from a T. rex, and one of them shouts: "We left Japan to get away from this!"
    • After Stark chases off the compies that attacked him, he can be heard muttering angrily in Swedish as he walks away. It's pretty easy to guess the sentiment even if you don't understand the actual words, which boil down to "fucking lizards".
  • Bring It Back Alive: The goal of the InGen hunters.
  • Brick Joke: Eddie Carr chastises Ian for banging the satellite phone in an attempt to get it to work. A minute later, while Ian is meeting Nick Van Owen, Eddie is fiddling with the phone and starts banging it. Also counts as a Funny Back Ground Event.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Somehow, we are to believe that being pulled in half will not result in having one's guts go flying everywhere.
  • Buffy Speak: Roland Tembo has quite a bit of trouble with the pronunciation of the dinosaurs' names.
    (chasing dinosaurs on the game trail)
    Tembo: You're coming up on a...
    (flips through his dinosaur guide)
    Tembo: A Pachy... a pachy... oh, hell. Uh, the fathead with the bald spot. Friar Tuck!
    • And later it seems like his team is having fun with his explanations:
    Hunter: Say again, Roland, a what?
    Tembo: The one with the big red horn. Pompadour. Elvis!
  • By Wall That Is Holey: Sarah, Ian and Nick Van Owen somehow survive a dual-trailer RV falling around them as they dangle off a cliff edge. Even with the front windshield smashed open you'd figure something in the vehicle would hit them on its way down...
  • Call Back:
    • When Ian, Nick, and Eddie are searching for Sarah, they call out her name repeatedly. At one point, Nick shouts out "Sarah Harding!", which warrants a sarcastic response from Ian. Later on, when he, Kelly, and Sarah are searching the abandoned center for Nick, Ian calls out for him, at one point shouting "Nick Van Owen!".
    • One that took a few viewings to catch: When Ian ducks into the car to hide from a pursuing raptor, he locks the car door with his foot.
    • Ludlow spends basically the entire movie comparing himself to Hammond, saying that he will succeed where Hammond failed. When the T. rex escapes form the ship and begins wreaking havoc in San Diego, Ian says to him "Now you're John Hammond".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Hammond's greedy nephew, Ludlow, during the deleted board meeting scene, calls out Hammond as a "born again naturalist" who is allowing InGen to go bankrupt in order to keep the dinosaurs from being exploited; he then has the nerve to say he doesn't enjoy speaking unfavorably about his own uncle.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Sarah when the parent T. rexes show up at the trailer.
      Sarah: This isn't hunting. They're here for their infant.
    • There's also this exchange not too long after:
      Roland: Our communications equipment's been destroyed and if your radio and satellite phone were inside those trailers that went over the cliff —
      Ian: They were.
      Roland: Then we're stuck here, ladies and gentlemen. And stuck together, thanks to you people!
  • Casual Danger Dialog:
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted with the insta-kill neurotoxin Eddie brings along. He tries to raise the gun with the toxin in it to shoot the T. rex pair while he is pulling the mobile lab trailer up from the cliff's edge, but the gun's barrel gets tangled in a net and Eddie gets eaten.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: Sarah describes her ongoing debate with Dr. Robert Burke regarding the parental habits of T. rex as a nurturing parent (she says) and not a "natural rogue who would abandon its young" (he says). She gets proven horribly correct. Later, she points out that moving the baby caused the T. rex to redefine its territory and that it now views the humans as a threat and will use its superior olfactory senses to track them down until they leave the island (or it eats them all), with which Burke disagrees. Guess who lives and who meets a horrible death when the T. rex does everything Sarah said it would... because Sarah was dumb enough to continue carrying around a jacket covered in the blood of said T. rex's infant!
  • Combat Parkour: Kelly uses her gymnastic skills to kill one of the Velociraptors.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Sarah, as she straight up tells Ian that he's never around when she really needs him and right now, she doesn't.
  • Composite Character:
    • The precocious twelve year-old Kelly and black Child Prodigy Arby, Levine's pupils, were merged into the single character of Kelly, Malcolm's daughter.
    • The movie version of Sarah Harding is a mix between the book version of Sarah (animal behaviorist who was an ex of Ian's) and Richard Levine (naive and impulsive paleontologist whose preemptive trip to Isla Sorna convinces Ian to organize a rescue expedition and whose dumb decisions constantly put the team in greater danger).
    • The rugged, badass Doc Thorne and his younger (but very capable) employee, Eddie Carr, were similarly combined into the movie's relatively mousy Eddie, while book!Eddie's physical appearance was transferred to new character Nick Van Owen.
    • Dodgson's antagonistic role is effectively taken by Ludlow (both even die the same way).
  • Credits Gag: In the credits, the name of a character (played by David Koepp, who wrote the screenplay for the movie) devoured by the T. rex in front of the video store is given as "Unlucky Bastard".
  • Darker and Edgier: This one is remembered as the most violent of the franchise, notably for being the film with the highest body count and the most violent death scene. Oddly enough, at the same time it attempts at humor far more frequently than either of the other installments, mostly due to the fact that Malcolm takes the rein as the main protagonist, making for some weird Mood Whiplash.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Roland Tembo. He's pretty annoyed by the general ignorance of Ludlow. Two examples are:
      Tembo: This is a game trail Mr Ludlow, carnivores hunt on game trails. Do you want to set up base camp or a buffet?
    • And...
      Tembo: Come on, let's get this movable feast under way!
    • And of course about half the dialogue out of Malcolm's mouth.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tim and Lex, now much older, only get cameos and are not mentioned again.
  • Different World, Different Movies: There's a poster for a film version of King Lear starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This might be a Shout-Out to the fact that the original Jurassic Park film is considered a major reason that Last Action Hero, which featured a sequence of Schwarzenegger as Hamlet, failed at the box-office as it did.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Roland Tembo, the chief hunter on InGen exec Peter Ludlow's expedition instantly makes it clear that while they're on the island, Roland is in charge (or Ajay and then Stark when he's not around), not his employer. Mostly because Ludlow is so stupid that he tries to set up camp on a game trail. In a variation from how this trope is usually played, Ludlow is fine with this once it's pointed out to him.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: A Tyrannosaurus Rex is taken to the continent with the intention of putting it in a zoo, but he escapes before they could do so.
  • Flippant Forgiveness: Dr Malcolm tells Peter Ludlow "When you try to sound like Hammond, it comes off as a hustle. I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation. So, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks."
  • Follow the Chaos: How Malcolm finds the T. rex that's rampaging through San Diego: "Follow the screams." Cue woman screaming.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Eddie Carr and Jack "Doc" Thorne, who didn't make it to the movie. See Composite Character above.
  • Genre Savvy: When the baby Tyrannosaurus rex is brought back to the trailer, Kelly wisely realizes that its parents, or at least other dinosaurs, are going to hear its cries and immediately begins panicking and begs to be taken someplace safe.
  • Great White Hunter: Roland Tembo, a rare modern example.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The gruesome demise of Eddie Carr, ripped in two by two T. rexes.
  • Heroic BSOD: Roland experiences one after learning of Ajay's death. He rejects a job offer from Peter Ludlow and says he's going to leave his life of hunting behind, having seen too much death by this point.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eddie Carr; doubles as a Despair Event Horizon since he was the only one who could probably have repaired the damaged radio equipment.
  • Hidden Depths: Roland Tembo. Although working for InGen, he shows concern for the safety of Kelly, and his own crew, and at the end seems to realize he's been on the wrong side.
    Peter Ludlow: I remember the people who help me, Roland. There's a job for you at the park in San Diego, if you want it.
    Roland Tembo: No thank you. I believe I've spent enough time in the company of death.
    • A deleted scene shows Roland picking a fight with an obnoxious diner making unwelcome advances on a waitress.
    Roland Tembo: You, sir, are no gentleman.
  • Hypocrite: Ian, upon learning that Sarah is already on Site B, is perfectly willing to jeopardize the lives of two people whom he was about to stop from even going on the expedition in order to ensure her safety. This is immediately after Ian tells Hammond to selfishly risking the lives of others to further his own agendas.
    Ian: John, if you wanna leave your name something, that's fine. But stop putting it on other people's tombstones.
  • Idiot Ball: Sarah Harding manages to blow off every single one of Ian's warnings throughout the movie until people actually start dying. Ian gets rightfully pissed when she didn't bother masking her trail when she brings the injured T. rex baby to the trailer.
  • Infant Immortality: The little girl somehow survives the compy attack in the beginning of the movie, mentioned in an exposition scene soon after that her family and their crew were able to get to her in time. Pretty much anyone else who crosses the little buggers' path aren't so lucky.
  • Informed Ability:
    • We're told that Harding is an expert at surviving away from civilization in the midst of animal predators. Yet she plays with a baby Stegosaurus (even after it starts making noises) right next to its parents, goes along with a plan to bring the baby T. rex into their trailer, and walks around with T. rex blood on her clothes without thinking of the consequences.
    • In a conversation between Sarah and Dr. Burke, we discover that the tyrannosaur has a sense of smell second only to one other dinosaur, which will allow them to track the humans across the island to address the perceived threat to their offspring. Despite this, they are incapable of detecting humans even when their head is inside a camping tent with two of them, so long as the humans don't move or make a noise.
  • Instant Sedation: Subverted when InGen's mooks accidentally give the T. rex too much sedative, causing it to go into cardiac arrest. In their attempts to save the dinosaur they gave it enough stimulant to kill a rhino which cause it to wake up and spend the next thirty minutes trashing San Diego. Odds are good that if it hadn't been sedated again it would have kept trashing the place for quite possibly days until it either burned through the stimulants in its blood or suffered a heart attack.
  • Karma Houdini: Nick van Owen caused nearly all the deaths in the InGen team and wound up making InGen order the T. rex and his baby to be brought to San Diego, which goes as well as you'd expect. He doesn't get any comeuppance and simply disappears from the film's final act. For better or worse, he's supposed to be a good guy, in spite of all the trouble and deaths he unwittingly caused, so it only figures that he never gets to answer for them.
  • Karmic Death: Stark shocks a compy for no reason early on. They get their revenge later.
  • Killer Rabbit: Compies. Small, carnivorous, attack in packs and don't fear humans.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • Ian's Genre Savvy line: "Oooh, ahhh. That's how it always starts. But later there's running, and screaming."
    • Only once in the entirety of the film is it referenced that white Ian Malcolm's daughter is black.
  • Little Miss Badass: Kelly, when she utilises gymnastics to take out a raptor.
  • Little Stowaway: Kelly (a Composite Character of Kelly and Arby from the novel version).
  • The Load: Kelly for most of the beginning, though she becomes more helpful later in the film.
  • Lost in the Maize: "DON'T GO INTO THE LONG GRASS!" Naturally, they do, and Hilarity Ensues. The clip from the Reaction Shot entry, which comes from this scene, is priceless.
  • Mama Bear and Papa Wolf:
    • The two T. rexes in The Lost World (novel and movie) are not going to let anyone hurt or take their babies away.
    • The Stegosaurus parents try to attack Sarah after seeing her as a threat to their baby.
  • Match Cut: The screaming mother seeing her mauled daughter in the prologue is matched up with a shot of Malcolm yawning in a subway station, with the train "drowning out" the scream. It even features an ad behind him making it seem as if he's in the same jungle as Isla Sorna's.
  • The Millstone: Carter — he listens to music while his companion is getting mauled to death and screams at the top of his lungs when he sees the T. rex, alerting it to where everyone else is. Even if he didn't have to keep watch, nonchalantly listening to some music with headphones and zoning out in a predator-filled jungle? Bad idea.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Kookaburras are heard even though these birds are native to Australia and the characters are supposed to be in Costa Rica.
  • Monster Munch: When the T. rex gets loose in San Diego, there's a brief scene of a random civilian getting munched on when he tries to get into a locked store. He's the film's screenwriter, David Koepp, credited as "Unlucky Bastard". (The Agony Booth's recapper considered this "fitting punishment".)
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the video game, one of the employees that flashes past in the Human Hunter's intro is listed as a "Possible BioSyn Spy". BioSyn was InGen's rival in the first film, and was responsible for Nedry's sabotage, by bribing him to disable the park security and take the DNA of each dinosaur off-island, and were the major antagonists in the The Lost World's novel, instead of InGen's hunter team.
    • Ludlow's death is a direct copy of Dodgson's death in the book: wandering right into a family of T. rexes.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nick Van Owen (see Too Dumb to Live below) in the second film and the novel's version of Eddie Carr — their decision to help the injured rex infant by bringing it back to camp with them leaves everybody hopelessly screwed over from that point on.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Ludlow's mooks administer too much stimulant to the T. rex during transport, resulting in the San Diego rampage. It eventually also leads to Ludlow's own Karmic Death.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Tyrannosaurs. While they're still very dangerous, the film casts them in a sympathetic light, particularly since they're spending the whole movie in Mama Bear and Papa Wolf mode.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: “Pachy...pachy...oh hell. The fat head with the bald spot, Friar Tuck!”
  • Nothing Is Scarier: What killed everyone on the Venture, anyway?
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Mama and Papa T. rex retrieve their infant and gently put it out of harm's way... then ROAR AND CHARGE FULL-SPEED at the trailers. Malcolm and Sarah's reaction is understandable.
    • Sarah when she realises that she has failed to follow proper camping protocol by leaving candy wrappers strewn around the tent and worst of all, her jacket with the baby rex's wet blood hanging above their sleeping bags.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Roland Tembo evokes this trope as his reason for wanting to hunt the male Tyrannosaurus.
    Roland: Somewhere on this island is the greatest predator who ever lived. The second-greatest predator must take him down.
  • Plot Hole: It's never really explained what killed the crew of the freighter carrying the T. rex back to the mainland. It seems everyone just assumed out of hand that the T. rex itself did the deed. Which is odd considering when Ludlow and his guards investigate the boat and find one of the crew in a place where there's no chance the T. rex would have been able to eat him, yet all that's left of him is his hand.
    • Explained by a scene cut from the script before shooting: a bunch of velociraptors manage to get on-board the ship and wreak havoc.
  • Redshirt Army: The bad guys show up with a fairly large one. Surprisingly, while it's always obvious that they're there for cannon fodder, they make it through quite a bit of the movie unscathed before dying wholesale within the span of a few minutes.
  • Sequel: The Original Title: The franchise title and subtitle were reversed for this film. Jurassic Park III decided for Numbered Sequels instead. The fourth film (due June 2015), Jurassic World, averts both of these altogether with a Word Sequel.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Robert Burke fills a similar niche to that of George Baselton from the novel. Both are the resident scientists for the villainous teams, and both get eaten by a T. rex as a result of incorrect scientific assumptions (Burke because he mistook a non-venomous snake for dangerous, Baselton because he thought T. rex vision was based on movement).
  • Take That: There's a notable diss to palaeontologist Robert T. Bakker. Quick history lesson: Dr. Bakker has been a long-time rival of Dr. Jack Horner, the Jurassic Park series' official palaeontological consultant. Horner is well known for having a massive ego (he proudly states that he was the inspiration for Dr. Grant), and always seemed to be in a perpetual state of bickering with Dr. Bakker, even on the most petty of speculative topics (such as the T. rex's eyesight, which there is no way of actually studying). And thus in The Lost World, Dr. Bakker is given his very own Captain Ersatz, a bumbling poser who gets scared out of hiding by a snake, and into the jaws of a ''T. rex''. Bakker loved the scene though and even responded to Horner (a proponent of the "rex as scavenger" theory) "I told you T-Rex was a hunter!".
  • This Way to Certain Death:
    • Yes, Dr. Malcolm, continue to shout for Nick van Owen in the middle of a run-down and suspiciously quiet complex. No Velociraptors here, no siree.
    • An attempt at averting this for the InGen hunting party goes wrong. "DON'T GO IN THE LONG GRASS! NOT IN THE LONG GRASS!" No one listens.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Peter Ludlow tries to capture the baby T. rex after the carnage of the San Diego rampage, while its father is nearby. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
    • Dieter Stark for just walking off into a dinosaur-infested forest alone to relieve himself. He gets mauled to death by a flock of compies.
    • Sarah Harding, unlike her book incarnation. She is supposed to be a wildlife expert, yet she repeatedly shows mistakes an amateur would make. Or perhaps a simple case of fatigue-induced idiocy, take your pick. It could be explained by the fact that her character was merged with that of Richard Levine from the book, who exhibits Too Dumb to Live behavior at times.
    1. She approaches a baby Stegosaurus, causing them to attack. You do not do this to any wild animal's baby, especially if it's a social animal that spends a lot of time in a herd and raising its young. They call them Mama Bear and Papa Wolf for a reason.
    2. She allows Nick to bring the injured T. rex baby back to their camp while knowing that the parents will be looking for it, resulting in the total loss of their fortified, radio-equipped campsite and the death of Eddie Carr.
    3. She wears the jacket covered in the baby T. rex's blood while crossing the island, which once again brings the T. rexes to the camp, killing multiple people, and chasing the rest into the raptor territory. Doubly weird because she's the one to warn that the T. rexes will be following them and mentions the T. rex's extremely acute sense of smell.
    • Nick Van Owen brings the injured T. rex infant to camp right after freeing all captured dinosaurs on the InGen base, leading directly to the loss of both campsites and the untimely demise of Eddie Carr. He later unloads Roland's rifle, leading to even more mayhem and carnage when the T. rexes track down their new camp.
    • Ajay, the guy yelling the already-mentioned "DON'T GO INTO THE LONG GRASS!"... goes into the long grass anyway.
    • Carter, the headphones-wearing Hispanic guy also falls under this category by screaming like an idiot and alerting the T-rex to the presence of everyone else in the camp.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: The tie-in platformer game's prologues to each chapter has rather cool computer screens that display information, location, video feed, and files of each character — such as the migration of a Compy tribe, a Human Hunter hacking into the InGen database for his briefing, a Velociraptor tracking a hunter, a T. rex storming into the InGen base, and Sarah Harding running for her life.
  • Understatement: When the Tyrannosaurs come back for their baby, one of them knocks over a car. Ian Malcolm responds "Mommy's very angry".
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Eddie's equipment gets sent out into the field early, thanks to Malcolm getting them moving three days early. Subverted with the tranq gun, which Eddie desperately tries but fails to use before the rexes tear him in half.
  • Villainous Rescue: The villains save Ian and the others from dangling over a cliff and help them to escape the island.
  • Wham Roar: Audiences got extremely quiet when the iconic roar of the mother-fragging Tyrannosaurus rex is heard for the first time. What made this an even bigger Wham Roar? It came from the incredibly angry parents of a kidnapped baby T. rex.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Robert Bakker Expy gets killed when his aversion to snakes get him eaten by the T. rex. The worst part is that the snake was a completely harmless milk snake, which is Hollywood's stock coral snake expy.
  • You! Exclamation: Malcolm predicts that the rampaging rex will react his way upon seeing his child with Malcolm and Harding.
  • Zerg Rush: The compies use this move, turning poor Stark into...
    Malcolm: Did you find him?
    Roland: Just the parts they didn't like.