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"Great, just great. Here we are in the worst place in the world, and we're not even getting paid."
Alan Grant

The third Jurassic Park movie, directed by Joe Johnston and released in 2001. Unlike the first and second films, it's not a direct adaptation of Michael Crichton's novels, though it does incorporate scenes from the books that were left out of the previous two movies. It is also the shortest Jurassic Park movie (92 minutes).

As the years have passed, Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar have fallen into disrepair, the laboratories and training facilities now entirely abandoned — at least by humans, anyway... There are rumors of the deaths of people who came too close or were foolhardy enough to land, and the natives living on the neighboring islands never visit either island, which are known as "The Five Deaths". Instead, the place has become a tourist trap for people hopeful to see its dinosaurs from sea and air.


Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his protégé Billy, are asked to be tour guides to a rich couple, the Kirbys, and their company, who desire to see Isla Sorna. They need funds for their paleontological research, so they agree. But not until they arrive there is the truth revealed: the party is not there as tourists, but as rescuers to the couple’s son, Eric, who disappeared near the island eight weeks ago.

And guide or no guide, Alan Grant seriously doubts that any of them will get off Isla Sorna alive...

Like its predecessors, Jurassic Park III spawned half a dozen Licensed Games.

Followed by Jurassic World, which came out in 2015 after over a decade of Development Hell.


These aren't on InGen's list, but Jurassic Park III displays the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: When Grant and Billy are identifying the Spinosaurus, Grant points out that species wasn't on InGen's list of cloned dinosaurs and wonders what else they've been up to. This plot thread isn't expanded upon after this scene and the Spinosaurus's presence on the island is left unanswered. It was eventually revealed in a promotional website for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom that the Spinosaurus, along with the Ankylosaurus and Carnotaurus, were developed by Masrani Corporation as a test run for the new park, albiet behind the back of the rest of the company and during a time when making more dinosaur clones was highly illegal.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Inverted. The Spinosaurus, moments after breaking through a razor-wire-topped wall to get to the protagonists, is foiled in its pursuit when the protagonists... shut and lock a door on it.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Several between Paul and Amanda. Also between Grant and Eric after Billy's Disney Death.
  • Adaptation Expansion: As Michael Crichton only wrote two Jurassic Park books, this is the point in the movie franchise when the storylines become original, although several scenes are adapted from both novels, such as the boat ride, the birdcage, and the dino cloning facility.
  • All Flyers Are Birds: The Pteranodons in general act alarmingly bird-like, between grabbing prey with a set of eagle-like talons (something that would have been physically impossible for real pterosaurs of any kind), bird-like nests, the babies begging for food the way baby birds would be expected to (a point rendered moot by the fact that they're shown to be capable of flight already), the constant pecking, etc. Grant even calls their enclosure a "birdcage", although this is kind of an accurate description (for what is an aviary if not a giant, expensive birdcage?).
  • All There in the Manual: Of the retcon variety: the viral marketing for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds some much-needed context to III that helps it feel more relevant in the overall arc of the series. The most notable is the implication that the Spinosaurus was one of Wu's earliest attempts at making a hybrid dinosaur that eventually got out of hand (and would lead him to the Indominus rex and Indoraptor in the next two films). This not only explains the extreme inaccuracies of the Spinosaurus, but also ties this film into the genetic hybrid storyline of Jurassic World and its sequel. This also allows Alan Grant's "what were InGen doing behind my back?" opinions to be seen as allusions to Dr. Wu's turn into being incredibly sketchy (especially since make more dinosaurs was illegal at that time).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The producers wanted a dinosaur that could kick the T. rex's ass (and wasn't just another "T. rex but bigger" like Giganotosaurus carolinii), so they selected the Spinosaurus, which then-recent discoveries indicated would have been larger than T. rex, if only slightly. Eric says at one point that T. rex urine repels smaller dinosaurs but attracts the Spinosaurus, implying that the Spino hunts the T. rex for food.
  • Amicable Exes: Grant and Sattler have split up since the first film but are still very close friends. And apart from a few barbs traded early on, Paul and Amanda are actually pretty cordial with one another, though that's justified as they're working together to get their son back alive.
  • Animal Stampede: Following the tradition set up by the Gallimimus in the first movie, Grant and company have to outrun a Parasaurolophus and Corythosaurus stampede. Strangely enough, the Velociraptors are more interested in getting their eggs back from Billy than felling one Parasaurolophus or Corythosaurus.
  • Animals Not to Scale: According to later discoveries, it turns out the Spinosaurus in the film was actually shorter in length than its real life counterpart but also taller. There has been some controversy behind the posture and hind limb length of Spinosaurus however.
  • Artifact Title: Like the second film, JP III is set on Isla Sorna — Site B, where the dinosaurs were bred by InGen. The fact gets brought up later in the film:
    Dr. Grant: Why me?
    Paul Kirby: [indicating Udesky] He said we needed someone who'd been on the island before.
    Udesky: Yes. But I did not tell you to kidnap somebody!
    Dr. Grant: I have never been on this island.
    Paul Kirby: Sure ya have. You wrote that book.
    Billy: That was Isla Nublar, this is Isla Sorna: Site B.
    Udesky: You mean there's two islands with dinosaurs on them?
  • Artistic License – Geography: The juxtaposition scene has the Spinosaurus attacking Grant & co. during nighttime, and Ellie's son being distracted by Barney during the afternoon. Costa Rica is in the same timezone as Central Standard Time, so there's no place in America where such a huge time difference would happen.
    • This can be Hand Waved by assuming it was just really cloudy, and not actually night. Especially since it's late afternoon and the sun is setting in the scenes not long after.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • One big mistake that stands out when it comes to dinosaur inaccuracies? Pteranodons didn't eat red meat (they didn't have the teeth for it). The Pteranodons do have teeth in this movie despite the fact that Pteranodon means "Toothless wing."
    • The Ceratosaurus in the film is depicted as looking like a T. rex with a horn on its nose. Real Ceratosaurus were sleeker, and had a thinner skull and a smaller horn above each eye.
    • Eric has a beaker full of T. rex urine to ward off smaller dinosaurs (though it attracts the Spinosaurus). Dinosaurs, being reptiles, do not urinate.
    • The T. rex vs the Spinosaurus — Scientists now know from the anatomy of both dinosaurs that the match would be impossible for both sides. Bigger does not mean stronger bite (Spino 's bite was nothing to laugh at, but T. rex's was stronger), and stronger bite does not mean deadliness. Spinosaurus was specialised to hunt aquatic life, and would only hunt on land in times of extreme drought to avoid competing with other large carnivores for prey.
    • On top of that, recent findings have found that due to the Spinosaurus' bone structure, it was unable to pivot its palms downward, rendering the entire way it killed the T. rex in the first place impossible!
      • On the other hand, it's been pointed out multiple times that the dinosaurs in Hammond's parks were very different to real dinosaurs — Grant even points out in this movie that they are "Genetically engineered theme park monsters" and that true dinosaurs are in the fossils. Which gives some inaccuracies such as pivotal palms something of a Hand Wave. Ha ha.
  • Aside Glance: A dinosaur, no less, does this. When the Ceratosaurus finds Paul, Alan, and Amanda by the Spinosaurus dung, it looks up at the camera with an expression that says "No way am I sticking around here", when it smells what dinosaur made the pile of dung.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: After the plane lands on the island, the mercenaries set off to secure the area. One loud roar and several gunshots later, Udesky and Nash are running back to the plane.
  • Behemoth Battle: A Tyrannosaurus rex fights a Spinosaurus.
  • Behind the Black:
    • The group arrives at the deserted beach to find a lone man in a suit calling out for them with a megaphone. There's no boats, no parachute, nothing to indicate where he came from. The beach, the sea, and the sky are all perfectly vacant. They run at him to make him stop, and all of a sudden an entire landing force, complete with several amphibious vehicles and helicopters, appears spontaneously on the beach.
    • When Dr. Grant and Eric meet up with the rest of the group, the Spinosaurus somehow manages to sneak up on all of them, even though half of them are facing it (though a theory behind this is brought up in this video).
  • Big Bad: The Spinosaurus, which is portrayed as the biggest and most lethal predator on an island filled to the brim with predators, and pursues the heroes so often and relentlessly that one starts to wonder whether it is actually sadistic.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Eric saving Grant from the raptors.
    • Billy saving Eric from the Pteranodons.
  • Bigger Is Better/Evil Is Bigger: Spinosaurus is made into one of the main threats in the film thanks to its size — larger than the T. rex.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Not in the usual sense of "imposter," but Billy tricks Paul into revealing that he never climbed K2. Every other lie quickly unravels.
  • Brick Joke: When the party lands on Isla Sorna, Amanda calls for Eric through a megaphone and Grant yells at her to stop because it's "a very bad idea." Later, when they're about to be rescued, the government agent is doing the same thing and they all run out onto the beach yelling "It's a very bad idea!"
  • Bullying a Dragon: Billy steals eggs from a Velociraptor nest for profit, which Dr. Grant deduces is why the raptors are chasing them and so he decides the only way to be spared by the raptors and leave the island alive is to return the eggs in-person to the raptors.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Grant and co. are confronted by T. rex, he still remembers that it tracks prey based on movement. Too bad that nobody listens to him.
    • The scene where everyone is digging through Spinosaurus dung to find the ringing satellite phone is a Call-Back to the first movie where Ellie is digging through Triceratops droppings to discover why the animal has fallen ill.
    • In the end, Dr. Grant looks out of the helicopter window to see a flock of Pteranodons. He did the same thing in the first film, albeit he saw pelicans.
    • The conversation between Grant and Eric about Ian Malcolm's book (the second movie) and the guy's obsession with Chaos Theory (the first movie).
    • As in the first movie, Grant is initially reluctant to go out to the dinosaur island, but is won over with the promise of invokedextra funding for his paleontology work.
  • The Cavalry: In the end, the Navy and the Marines.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The model of the raptor voice box is one of the most straight-forward examples of this trope in any of the films.
    • When the characters escape the birdcage, we see Amanda left the door unlocked and half-open. At the end, we see that the Pteranodons have found their way out of the cage and are flying into the sunset.
    • The eggs Billy takes from the raptor nest.
    • The ringtone from Udesky's phone conversation with Paul Kirby later helps Eric find his parents.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Possibly done to the Spinosaurus in supplementary material to Jurassic World. When it appeared in III, it was thought of as just another one of InGen's cloned dinosaurs that went loose after the abandonment of the breeding facility, deadlier yes, but still a normal dinosaur (relatively speaking). However, the official website of World implies it to be one of the hybrid projects that Dr. Wu created in cooperation with Hoskins, and with the Spinosaurus being a prototype of sorts for the Indominus rex. Specifically, hybrids that are designed to be much more powerful and intelligent than normal dinosaurs. This is probably why it goes through so much trouble in hunting the humans, and why that poor Tyrannosaurus gets killed so easily. As shown in World, it takes six dinosaurs in total to bring a hybrid down.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ellie and her family appear in an early scene, and Ellie tells Grant that he can call her anytime if he needs help with anything. Near the end of the movie, Grant calls them for help.
  • Chekhov's Hobby:
    • Billy has experience in base jumping, which comes in handy during the birdcage chase when he deploys the parachute.
    • Paul mentions that he's taken up swimming, which comes in handy during the Spinosaurus attack at the river.note 
  • Cool vs. Awesome: T. rex vs. Spinosaurus. The Tyrannosaurus rex was the big heavy of the first two films, but loses the fight and the title of big bad to the Spinosaurus.
  • Crashing Dreams: On the plane to the island, Grant dreams there's a raptor in the plane seat next to him, which speaks to him in the voice of the person who's trying to wake him up.
  • The Croc Is Ticking: The Spinosaurus eats Paul's satellite phone, and its ringing continues in its stomach. Bonus points since the Spinosaurus might have actually been the dinosaur equivalent of a crocodile.
  • Cutting the Knot: The characters find a row of vending machines, and Mr. Kirby starts pulling out change and counting how much he needs. Billy, remembering that they're on an abandoned island, simply walks up and kicks through the display window of the next vending machine and takes what he wants. Mr. Kirby tries to follow suit, to no avail.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Ben Hildebrand does not survive landing on Isla Sorna (he doesn't even make it out of the tree), freeing Amanda to get back together with Paul as a result of their experiences on the island.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Played with; all seems lost when the group realizes Nash had the phone on him when he became dino-chow. Said phone not only survives being eaten, but it is later dug up from a pile of dung and successfully used to call for help.
  • Disney Death: Billy is seemingly killed/drowned by Pteranodons, but survives and is picked up by The Cavalry to provide a Hospital Surprise.
  • Dumb Blond: Amanda Kirby, although like her ex-husband she eventually wises up.
  • Dwindling Party: The expedition starts with Dr. Grant, Billy, the Kirbys, and three mercenaries. By the end of the movie, although they found Eric, the party has been reduced to Grant and the Kirby family. Billy turns out to have survived, but the mercenaries are all dino chow.
  • Evolutionary Retcon: The raptors are brightly colored and frilled as a nod to the then-recent discovery that they had feathers.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Eric tells his parents that he found them by listening to their sat phone jingle, Paul explains that he no longer has the phone, having lent it to Nash just before he got eaten by the Spinosaurus. Cue the Spino.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Kirbys hire Alan Grant because he's a dinosaur expert and has supposedly already been to the island. Grant points out that the Jurassic Park incident took place on Isla Nublar, a different island and that he has never set foot on this one before. To make this even more extreme, Isla Nublar is a solitary island located hundreds of miles further north of Isla Sorna, which is part of a chain of five islands.
  • Flanderization: The raptors were always very intelligent, but only by dinosaur standards in the first two films. They are now veritable evil geniuses that have their own language and are capable of setting traps that are at human levels of sophistication. Indeed, at times they seem even smarter than the human protagonists.
  • Flare Gun: Used to drive off the Spinosaurus the final time the characters bump into it. The Spinosaurus had ruptured the fuel tank when it attacked their boat, so the flare gun sets it on fire, at which point it retreats in pain.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Mr. Kirby tells Grant that he can pay him any amount of money, the song in the background plays the line, "And I lie, lie, lie..."
    • And careful listeners will hear Kirby talking on the phone to Udesky just before meeting with Grant. If it's just an aerial tour of the island, why would he need mercs with BFG's?
    • During the Q & A session following Dr. Grant's lecture, he has to specifically clarify that he neither saw nor was involved in the San Diego incident. The public's confusion about the events surrounding Jurassic Park and Site B is later exhibited by Mr. Kirby's mistaken assumption that Grant is familiar with the geography of Isla Sorna.
    • It seems quite likely, with the events of Jurassic World, that the Spinosaurus being an off-the-books creation of InGen is an early attempt by some figures in the company to weaponise dinosaurs. Its seemingly enhanced ability hints at the I.Rex as well.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Grant doesn't ask what happened to Udesky when he and Eric reunite with the others, and the second party is a man short, though Grant could have heard Udesky screaming in pain as he was killed by the raptors.
  • From Bad to Worse: This happens to everyone once the plane, their only means of transport, is totalled.
  • Genre Savvy: Grant calls the one person he knows can get shit done when they're in danger - Ellie, who's husband works in the State Department and is able to send in the Marines and the Navy.
  • Giant Flyer: The Pteranodons.
  • Guns Are Worthless: As normal for the series, the dinosaurs completely ignore bullets, when they even hit.
  • Hand Wave: All of the issues with dinosaurs are handwaved by Grant who says that these creatures are mutants, not dinosaurs. Echoed in Jurassic Park: The Game.
  • Hands Go Down: During Dr. Grant’s lecture:
    Host: Does anyone have a question?
    [all hands in the room go up]
    Grant: Fine. Does anyone have a question that does *not* relate to Jurassic Park?
    [most of the hands go down]
    Grant: Or the incident in San Diego, which I did *not* witness?
    [several more hands go down]
  • Heroic BSoD: Grant, after witnessing Billy's apparent demise.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Billy Brennan and Paul Kirby narrowly subvert this to Disney Death status.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Spinosaurus, despite being huge and powerful, was probably quite slow on land. Also, while it was bigger (at least in terms of length, and probably weight and height) than Tyrannosaurus, T. rex was likely much faster on foot, had a stronger bite, and can tear apart flesh. Here, it's depicted as the ultimate superpredator who eats T. rexes for breakfast. They also enhanced Spinosaurus in terms of durability; it easily breaks out of a T. rex bite to the neck in the opening moments of their fight, and is not in the least hampered by the wound. In reality, such a bite would've been crippling, if not fatal to pretty much anything.
    • A case of Author on Board, as the paleontological consultant was rather contemptuous of the popular notion of the T. rex as the apex predator of dinosaurs, and used the film in part to advance his own pick for that slot.
    • And thanks to certain revelations in Jurassic World, it's possible that this was invoked by InGen if they made Spinosaurus as an early version of the Indominus Rex.
  • Hospital Surprise: A character who went missing turns up in a makeshift hospital at the end.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: After Paul Kirby narrowly averts a Heroic Sacrifice to save his wife and son from the Spinosaurus, the crying Amanda calls him an asshole and begs him not to leave them alone. Then he reveals that he survived the scuffle and they're reunited again.
  • Idiot Ball: Dr. Grant gets to hold one when he doesn't immediately climb on a tree after getting to the forest. He nearly gets killed by raptors for it.
  • Ignored Expert: The Kirbys hire Grant because he's a dinosaur expert, then proceed to ignore most of his advice. (Or, at least, Amanda does. Paul seems more inclined to listen.)
    Paul: Dr. Grant says that a bad idea.
    Amanda: "Dr. Grant. Dr. Grant says—"
    Paul: What's the good of hiring an expert if you're not gonna use his advice?
  • In Name Only: During his lecture, Grant insists that the creatures on Isla Sorna are just "genetically-engineered theme park monsters" rather than true dinosaurs while trying to defend paleontology from accusations of obsolescence.
    • In Jurassic World, it's revealed that the InGen created dinosaurs differ from how real dinosaurs looked because they were supposed to look cooler and more menacing. Which means Dr. Grant is actually at least partially right.
    • Even in Jurassic Park, it was acknowledged that they were not pure dinosaurs, as the gaps in their DNA had been filled in with genes from other creatures such as frogs.
  • It Can Think: The bits with the raptor climbing the mesh door, and setting a trap for Billy and the Kirbys, using Udesky as bait.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The Spinosaurus in the final confrontation simply flees after being burnt by fire.
    • The Kirbys. The numerous deaths and injuries in the movie are all the result of them lying to people and disobeying the law about visiting the island, but they survive and they are reunited with their son, so that is all forgotten and the final scene is treated as a Happy Ending.
  • Killer Rabbit: The baby Pteranodons may look cute, but they're also mighty deadly.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Spinosaurus is defeated when Grant shoots it with a flare gun, which bounces off and lands in a pool of spilt gasoline.
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: Udesky mentions that there was another member of his mercenary team who missed the trip because he caught the flu a couple days before they left. He's the lucky one since all the mercenaries who did come get eaten.
  • Lighter and Softer: The third film was seemingly filmed with the goal of being more family-friendly than The Lost World: Jurassic Park in mind. It has actually shown up on ABC Family several times. Notably, the film has the lowest body count of the series, with at least two Disney Deaths at that, and also includes the plot point of Eric Kirby, a 13-year-old, being able to survive for over eight weeks on Isla Sorna amidst the predators on his own.
  • The Load: The Kirby parents. Paul and Amanda are clueless people on a hostile island filled with lethal predators and other dangers. They have no combat training like the mercenaries (who don't fare that long themselves due to what they're up against) and no dinosaur experience or knowledge like Alan and Billy, so they have to be told that it's a bad idea to use a megaphone. Averted by their son Eric, who's savvy enough to survive several weeks all by himself.
  • Logo Joke: The Universal and Amblin logos ripple along with a "THUD!" sound, referencing the Bad Vibrations when the T. rex walked.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Considering how determined the raptors in the third film are to get back their stolen eggs, one can only imagine how fiercely protective they must be of their young...
    • It's implied that one of the reasons the Pteranodons attacked the group was to protect their young.
  • Mauve Shirt: Udesky.
  • Meaningful Background Event: While Grant and the others are exploring the InGen facility, a raptor can be seen moving in the background.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Gibbons (native to South East Asia) can be heard.
  • Mock Millionaire: Paul Kirby presents himself to Dr. Grant as the multi-millionaire head of 'Kirby Enterprises' and would be happy to pay him any price for accompanying him and his wife for a flight over Isla Sorna. The company is actually a simple paint and tile store, and he tricked Grant to find their missing son Eric.
    Dr. Grant: That's beautiful. Not only are we stuck on the most dangerous island on the planet, we're not even getting paid.
  • Monster Threat Expiration: There’s a moment where the Spinosaurus, who was so hellbent on eating the protagonists that it bust through a massive reinforced fence 10 seconds previously... is suddenly unable to break through an ordinary metal door and decides to give up after a few bangs on it.
  • Mood Whiplash: Rapid-fire between Grant and the others being attacked by the Spinosaurus and Charlie watching Barney & Friends.
  • Morton's Fork: When Grant finds that Billy has stolen raptor eggs, which is why the raptors are hunting them, he threatens to drop them in the river, but decides against it.
    Paul Kirby: What're you doing? Those things are after us because of those.
    Dr. Grant: Those things know we have the eggs. We drop them in the river, they would still be after us.
    Paul Kirby: What if they catch us with them?
    Dr. Grant: What if they catch us without them?
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Seems to be the case with the alpha raptor; her lack of quills and relatively dull colors signal that she's female, and she's the one who is shown giving commands to her mate and all the other (mostly male) raptors in the pack.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Ellie Sattler is shown in this film to have eventually settled down, married and had children with another man, she and Grant simply remaining friends. In the original book, Grant and Ellie were just long-time friends and co-workers who weren't romantically involved like they were in the first film, and Ellie indeed was planning to marry someone else.
    • An aviary full of Pterosaurs was one of the locations in the original book.
    • The book also featured the characters attempting to escape via river as a large predatory dinosaur pursues them through the water. In the book it was the Tyrannosaurus, whereas the film features the Spinosaurus.
  • Neck Snap:
    • Spinosaurus kills the T. rex by clamping its jaws on its neck, and twisting it with its much larger claws.
    • A raptor finishes off Udesky this way when it becomes apparent the others aren't going to come help him when they use him as bait.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Billy Brennan's attempt to bail his and Grant's research out by stealing Velociraptor eggs.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Actually averted, as there are said to be strong restrictions on visits to Isla Sorna (with good reason). Things only go wrong because the Kirbys ignore those rules and visit the island anyway.
  • Non-Malicious Monster:
    • The Pteranodons. Sure, they were aggressive, but can you blame them when they had babies to not only feed but protect?
    • For once in the series, the raptors. They chase the humans all the way to the beach, but it turns out that they too are out to protect their young, as Billy stole their eggs.
    • A Ceratosaurus confronts the group at some point. Unlike all of the other predators depicted in the series, it shows no aggression, and simply leaves after giving them a cursory glance after sniffing the pile of Spinosaurus dung.
    • Averted in the Spinosaurus's case. That thing really hates humans.
      • Also somewhat justified, as their aircraft injured Spino's crest.
      • Also justified if it really is an early version of Indominus rex, and therefore meant to be as psycho as possible.
  • Noodle Incident: Eric never does say how exactly he managed to obtain Tyrannosaurus rex urine.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: What the hell happened to the two guys on the boat? The film seems to imply the Spinosaurus was responsible, but we never see anything to confirm it. The book explains that the Pteranodons did it, explaining why the boat wasn't completely wrecked; like it would have been with the Spinosaurus, but no such explanation is ever provided in the film; instead, the movie seems quite content to forget it ever happened and even go so far as to suggest that the Pteranodons weren't able to escape their cage until the survivors left the door open.
  • Numbered Sequels: The only film in the series to be numbered. Fittingly, the III are shown as claw marks.
  • Oddball in the Series: It's the only film in the franchise made without either David Koepp or Colin Trevorrow on the scripting duties, the only one not to have a soundtrack by either John Williams or Michael Giacchino (Don Davis does the job instead), and the only one not to feature the Tyrannosaurus in the film's logo (which instead features the Spinosaurus).
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Grant, when the Velociraptor that they trap starts making a certain vocalization — and he realizes what it is.
      "My God... it's calling for help!"
    • Everyone gets one when Paul says he left the satellite phone with Nash, who was eaten by the Spinosaurus, and they hear the distinctive ring nearby.
    • Grant has a big one when he realizes that the area he, Amanda, Paul, Eric, and Billy have sought refuge from the Spinosaurus in is a giant aviary... which could only mean Giant Flyers. Given that nearly every animal on the island is from the Mesozoic, it takes him all of half a second to figure out what kinds of creatures those might be... right before one of the said flyers swoops down and snatches Eric away.
    • Everyone has one when the Ceratosaurus shows up. Subverted when it smells them covered in dung and leaves. The Ceratosaurus, meanwhile is having a more literal Oh, Crap! moment of its own, because the crap the humans are covered in belongs to a much more dangerous and aggressive predator, which is probably still in the area. It quickly departs the scene.
    • Ellie gets one near the climax of the film when she calls Alan back after missing his sat phone call. When she hears the panicked Alan screaming about Site B, she looks completely horrified, most likely thinking she just heard her former lover's last words and knowing there isn't a thing she can do about it.
    • Everyone has one again once Billy reveals why the Velociraptors are still after them — he stole eggs from them. And the realization that if the raptors have pursued them this long over believing they have the eggs, it will not help in any way to get rid of them now.
  • Ominous Walk: The first Pteranodon pulls a brief one at the beginning of the sequence it appears in. Simply put, the creature is surrounded by fog when it does this, and is slowly striding its way toward a thirteen-year-old boy. No one can blame said boy for screaming. Bonus points for the fact that an animal known for its flying prowess is introduced by walking menacingly.
  • Papa Wolf: The male alpha velociraptor along with his pack goes to hunt down the protagonists after one of them stole his mate's eggs.
  • Parachute in a Tree:
    • Ben Hildebrand falls victim to this and is later found half-eaten and still dangling from the canopy.
    • Billy gets caught on a cliff face while trying to escape from the Pteranodons.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Upon finding Hildebrand’s parachute, his corpse falls on Amanda.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: After Alan and Paul successfully scare off the Spinosaurus for good by lighting their boat's fuel on fire, the next day as the group is about to escape, they are confronted by a few raptors, until Alan confuses them and Amanda surrenders the stolen eggs to them.
  • Ptero Soarer: While The Lost World had Pteranodon in the closing scene, this time they strike.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Upon running into a T. rex:
    Dr. Grant: Nobody –- move -– a muscle.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The infamous Spinosaurus vs T. rex fight was intended to be much longer and more even than it ultimately was, but had to be cut short to its current length and quick end when the Spinosaurus animatronic, a newer model than the T. rex (which was repurposed from the previous film), turned out to be much stronger than anticipated. As a result, it ended up decapitating the T. rex animatronic in one swipe, forcing the fight to be massively shortened.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: The divorced Paul and Amanda Kirby trick Alan Grant into accompanying them on an expedition to save their son Eric after he got stranded in the dinosaur-filled jungle on Isla Sorna with Amanda's new boyfriend, Ben Hildebrand (who didn't make it). Through the dangers on the island they reconcile their differences and reunite as a family after Paul is almost killed saving them from the Spinosaurus.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Billy is on the receiving end of a rather scathing one when Grant learns that he stole a pair of Velociraptor eggs.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After Billy's theft of the eggs comes to light, he sacrifices himself to save Eric from the Pteranodons. But he survives after all, and is rescued by the Marines.
  • Redshirt Army: Nash and Cooper, who are meant to provide security, die within minutes of arriving on the island, though Udesky manages to hang around for a while before dying midway through the film.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The baby Pteranodons are absolutely adorable.
  • Schmuck Bait: On suspecting that the Kirbys aren't who they claim to be, Billy asks them whether their base camp when climbing K2 was at 25,000ft or 30,000ft. Anyone who had actually been near the mountain would have immediately spotted that it was a trick question (the former is about 7,000ft higher than any halfway sane mountaineer would put their base camp, and the latter is not only 1,000ft higher than the mountain itself, but higher than any mountain on Earth), but Paul's giving the latter answer proves how utterly clueless he really is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After learning that Eric Kirby been lost on Isla Sorna for eight weeks, Grant pretty much sees this as a lost cause and decides to escape the island.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Ceratosaurus makes its debut in the franchise, but only as a cameo. Spinosaurus was this prior to the film's release.
  • Sequel Escalation: Pteranodons and Spinosaurus, a threat bigger than T. rex, are introduced.
  • Shark Fin of Doom: Played with. We see the Spinosaurus's massive dorsal sail jutting out of the water before it attacks the protagonists.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cooper being the first one to die, and doing so virtually the second he sets foot on the island, could be a shoutout to Dino Crisis, where a team member named Cooper does the exact same thing.
    • Billy "rescuing" Alan's hat at the end is a mild one to Indiana Jones.
    • The Spinosaurus fin rising from the water when chasing the boat calls back another Spielberg monster.
  • So Last Season: How do we truly know the Spinosaurus means business? He kills the T. rex without much effort!
  • Special Effects Failure: At the beginning, Ben and Eric are paragliding, and Ben is using one hand to operate a camcorder. They notice something is up with the boat, and Ben returns the camcorder to his belt - and it simply vanishes from one frame to the next. He's not wearing a pouch, the camcorder doesn't have a clip to hook it onto his belt, it simply vanishes.
  • Spinosaurus Versus T. rex: The iconic fight between the two superpredators is the Trope Maker.
  • Stand-In Portrait: A raptor stands behind a glass tube to pretend it's one of the dead test subjects.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Compsognathus, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus and non-dinosaur Pteranodon all return for this film. Ankylosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Corythosaurus and Spinosaurus make their JP debut, and Spinosaurus became a stock dinosaur after the release of this movie.
  • Stupid Question Bait: At the start of the movie, Alan Grant has just finished giving a talk about prehistoric Raptors to an audience, and asks if anyone has any questions. Hands go up all over the room. Grant adds that he means any questions that aren't about Jurassic Park, and most of the Hands Go Down. When he further specifies that he doesn't want questions about the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park either, there are hardly any hands left.
  • Super Cell Reception: Kirby’s satellite phone works perfectly quite some time after being eaten by a dino. He does mention that they'll only get a single call out of it, but fortunately for the protagonists, this doesn't extend to call-backs.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • The Spinosaurus, with the exception of the T. rex fight, spends all of its on-screen time trying to chase down the main characters.
    • The raptors subvert this; they do go to great lengths to kill the main characters, but it is revealed later on that they were motivated by Billy stealing their eggs, and, once they're returned, the raptors take their eggs and leave.
  • Take That!: Grant and the others are being attacked by the Spinosaurus, so Grant uses the satellite phone to call Ellie for help. Her toddler son picks it up, and he would have gotten it to his mother a lot quicker were he not distracted by another dinosaur....
  • Tempting Fate:
    Eric: Mom, I've been in the jungle by myself for eight weeks. I think I can survive the next few minutes without you.
    [cue a Pteranodon snatching him up]
    • Also Dr. Grant at the conference:
      Alan Grant: No force on Earth or Heaven can get me on that island.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Those who are content to observe from a safe distance, and those who feel the need to explore hands-on.
    Dr. Grant: There are two kinds of boys: astronomers and astronauts.
  • This Way to Certain Death: Amanda Kirby's "very bad idea" is to use a megaphone in a predator-filled island.
  • Time Zones Do Not Exist: The climactic confrontation with the Big Bad dinosaur of the movie happens at what appears to be nighttime in Isla Sorna, and when Alan Grant calls Ellie Sattler for help, her home (established through a Freeze-Frame Bonus to be in the American East Coast) is still in daytime. Isla Sorna is established to be near Costa Rica, which is in the Central Standard Time zone.
  • Toilet Humour: Everyone has to go digging in ''Spinosaurus'' dung to find the satellite phone. And Eric keeping a flask of T. rex urine in his trailer. This, in turn, was turned Up to Eleven by Will Marshall.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Mrs. Kirby seems to genuinely not understand why Grant is advising her not to shout through a megaphone while wandering aimlessly through a jungle full of giant, feral predators. Mr. Kirby, too; at one point he tells his wife to shut up because "Dr. Grant says this is very dangerous territory." Obviously, being chased by a Spinosaurus and a T. rex within seconds of each other wasn't enough for him to realize that by himself. They get better at it.
  • Voodoo Shark: Word of God establishes that the two guys on the boat were eaten by Pteranodons. This would certainly explain why the boat wasn't wrecked and why the Pteranodons had a human skull in their nest, but it gets really confusing when it's revealed later that they were essentially trapped in the aviary without any means of getting out until the protagonists accidentally left the door open.
  • Wham Line: While the protagonists take refuge in an unknown, seemingly abandoned enclosure, things seem to be going relatively fine... until Grant gets a good look at the enclosure's ceiling and makes a startling discovery...
    Grant: It's a birdcage!
  • Wham Shot:
  • The Worf Effect: The T. rex suffers from this. Its species were portrayed as the biggest and baddest creatures, and now one is easily defeated by the Spinosaurus. Of course, there's a lot of debate about how this scenario would play out in Real Life, though. Pretty much everybody agrees that Spinosaurus would need to dodge when T. rex went for its neck rather than just no selling, though. This is partly Real Life Writes the Plot, as the fight was intended to be much longer and more even, but the Spinosaurus animatronic was a newer model than the T. rex one and far stronger than expected, resulting in it literally ripping the T. rex animatronic's head off in a single swipe. So ironically, The Worf Effect was due to a real life example of this trope happening with the animatronics.
  • You Do Not Want To Know: Eric says this in response to Grant's question about how he got a jar full of T. rex pee.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The raptors use an injured Udesky as bait for the other humans. After their trap failed, one of the males snaps the poor guy's neck.

Alternative Title(s): Jurassic Park 3


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