YMMV: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

  • Contested Sequel: This film probably has as many people who like it as people who dislike it.
    • The upside is that there are more dinosaurs and the action sequences are really exciting. The downside is that the plot is weak and the characters are at best difficult to like. Especially Sarah and Nick who are two of the best (worst?) examples ever of scrappies, designated heroes, and having informed abilities.
  • Designated Villain: Roland Tembo is supposed to be one of the main villains but ends up being the Ensemble Darkhorse because A.) he's the only character that doesn't have his head up his ass, B.) is most concerned with the safety of those around him, including those who willfully screw him over, C.) is Genre Savvy enough to depart quietly after seeing how destructive it is around the dinosaurs, and D.) he's played by the late Pete Postlethwaite.
    • Tembo's awesome is enhanced by a deleted scene where he gets into a bar fight with several drunken idiots who provoke him by harassing a waitress. He wins. Easily. With one hand tied behind his back. The scene definitely makes him more likeable than the "heroes" of the story, which is probably why it was deleted in the first place.
    • Though most people tend to forget or sometimes outright disregard the fact that Tembo was the one who injured the infant T. Rex and used its cries as bait in an effort to kill at least one of its parents for no other reason than, as he put it "to live". In fact, if he hadn't kidnapped the infant, Nick wouldn't have brought it to the camp and Eddie would not have had to die ... at least in the final film. The deleted scenes show that the injury to the infant was an accident. Spielberg left this bit out to make Tembo more villainous, which probably goes to reinforce the Designated Villainy.
  • Ending Fatigue: Once the main cast gets rescued off the island, we see that InGen has successfully bagged a T. rex which makes the heroes feel they have ultimately lost. This seems like a decent drop-off point and sequel hook, but the film continues for another thirty minutes so the T. rex can terrorize San Diego for a second climax.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Evil Is Cool: The so-called "villains". Especially since they had Roland Tembo.
  • Fridge Horror: Seeing how Stark died makes you much more horrified about the fate of the little girl Cathy from the opening, and much more relieved that she survived.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The velociraptors ambushing and killing the unsuspecting hunters wandering in the long grass brings in mind of Pokémon to modern audiences, especially with the line "Don't go into the long grass!"
    • Any scene between Nick and Sarah, given their roles in Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake the following year.
  • Memetic Mutation: Professor Oak warned you about the long grass!note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: In one of the rare variants where a good guy crosses this, unintentionally from the writers. Nick Van Owen, to some of the fans, crosses this by unloading the bullets from Roland's gun. This guy just doomed many people - who helped save his life, by the way - to die simply because of his displeasure with hunting. Since he's a 'good' guy, he never gets called out on this, and the worst part is that, since Roland only managed to tranquilize the T.Rex in question, it goes on another rampage later on, in the highly populated San Diego. This isn't viewed as such in the movie, furthering the Designated Hero aspect.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Camilla Belle plays the young girl in the opening of the movie.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Certain fans consider the "villains" of The Lost World as more likeable, saner, and heroic than the supposed "heroes".
  • The Scrappy: Sarah due to being a complete idiot who hinders the rest of the characters. She causes nothing but problems for everyone involved and is the sole reason poor Malcolm has to come to the island in the first place. Nick qualifies as well, for pretty much the same reason. People are also annoyed that Sarah's so super-special she is the only character to survive being attacked outright by a Velociraptor, all because of that stupid 'lucky pack'.
    • Sarah is made even worse by the fact that, in the novel, she was a complete Badass, and was practically the main character, with none of her film counterpart's negative qualities.
  • Signature Line: "DON'T GO INTO THE LONG GRASS!!!"
  • Signature Scene: The T. rex's rampage through the city of San Diego, Godzilla style.
    • The attack of the parent T. rexs after the kidnapping of their offspring.
  • Special Effects Failure: The baby T-Rex is clearly an animatronic.
    • In the scene where it destroys the conference tent at the InGen camp, there's a clipping error with the CG Triceratops's tail.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • The Lost World falls headfirst into this. The antagonists are supposed to be evil because they claim the dinosaurs are property of the local Mega Corp., when that's exactly what they are: they wouldn't even exist if they hadn't been deliberately created, which also nicely shatters the protagonists' argument that they should be left alone to live naturally, nature having nothing to do with it.
    • This is one of those cases where what's right legally may or may not be what's right morally, but it's certainly not as cut-and-dried as Malcolm's party (or his detractors) likes to present it.
  • Tear Jerker: Poor Eddie, who's the only one sane enough not to be in the trailer when it goes over the cliff, saves everyone's lives by putting the line around the tree, and puts up with them teasingly ordering fried food when he asks if they need anything else... and is rewarded by getting ripped apart by two Tyrannosaurus while the others can do nothing to help. What bites harder is that his poison dart gun got stuck at the wrong moment, meaning his death could have been (narrowly) averted were it not for sheer bad luck.
    • Roland's reaction after discovering what happened to Ajay, and his departure shortly afterwards.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Roger Ebert noted that in his review that Pete Postlethwaite was the only cast member who seemed "convinced that he is on an island with dinosaurs, and not merely in a special-effects movie about them." As such, he's the character everybody roots for.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Keep in mind that this was not only a sequel to Jurassic Park, which revolutionized dinosaurs and CGI in film forever, but it was also Spielberg's first film following Schindlers List, the film widely considered to be his Magnum Opus. To say it's an underwhelming follow-up to both is very true.
  • What an Idiot: Sarah Harding. Despite allegedly being an expert at working with animals, the first time we see her she makes possibly the worst mistake imaginable (and one even the general public knows to avoid). She deliberately walks up to a young Stegosaurus and touches it. Several moments later its parents nearly kill her. Further highlights of her "expertise" include helping let the dinosaurs out of their cages, after which they promptly go on a rampage; taking a Tyrannosaurus child back to her trailer (showing she learned nothing from the Stegosaurus incident) and keeping the shirt which is soaked with the blood of the T. Rex baby. Just from her insane actions alone she nearly dies four times, and gets a lot of other people killed because of her idiocy. She also ignores her vastly imperfect but knowledgeable boyfriend, eyewitness to the last nightmare.
    • She may just be following in her father's footsteps—in the book it's revealed she's the daughter of Dr. Harding, the original park's vet...who in the movie not only couldn't figure out why the Triceratops was sick but had to have Ellie, the paleobotanist, tell him the Trike had dilated pupils. Perhaps this is another example of Hammond cutting corners by hiring an incompetently trained vet?
  • You Keep Using That Word: The protagonists constantly claim that the villains are interfering with the dinosaurs' natural habitat. Because artificially created dinosaurs, 65 million years out of time, living on an island created specifically for them, is precisely the definition of natural.