What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost World: Jurassic Park intends to thrill its audience with action-packed, scary, and suspenseful scenes. The film is not recommended for very young or sensitive kids. Dinosaurs, clearly motivated by a desire to protect their young and their environment, attack and often kill the humans whom they perceive as predators. Lengthy sequences of heroes in peril and animal brutality alternate with scenes that attempt to build character and relationships. Steven Spielberg shows some of the mayhem on camera (i.e., a heroic character is pulled apart by two dinos, then eaten); at other times, the director chooses to suggest the animals' savagery and plays it off camera (blood flows in water after a man is attacked). There are a few instances of mild swearing ("bastards," "s--t," "goddamn").
- Families can talk about sequels. In horror movies, the body count is higher the next time around. Why is this movie so much more gruesome than Jurassic Park?
- What do you think of the movie's violence? Is it necessary to the story? Why or why not?
- Is this the kind of movie that will stand the test of time, or does it already seem dated?