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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
RELEASED: 1997

Why's it so good? The set pieces are great - watch Julianne Moore's face as the glass that's the only thing between her and a thousand foot drop begins to slowly cra-a-a-aack - and this time there's only one irritating kid. Also, check out the cast: Goldblum's back, but he's joined by Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard "Toby in The West Wing" Schiff.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Lost World: Jurassic Park
How does it stack up to the original? Can any number of Postlethwaites compensate for the absence of the great Sam Neill? We think not. What with the annoying kid and the widely loathed (but such fun) city-set ending, it never quite manages the thrills of the original - and suffers from the lack of novelty with the majority of the 'saurs - but it's not as bad as they say.

Glaring error: Why do we even need a kid? The rest of the movie's darker and scarier - why not just leave the kids at home this time?


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 47 MONTHS


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