Sam Neil of course played famous paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park, who was basically bribed into going to John Hammond’s new dinosaur attraction prior to its planned public opening. Grant was at first stunned by seeing a living dinosaur in real-life, but that amazement quickly led to horror as the genetically engineered dinosaurs started eating people before his very eyes. Since Dr. Grant was a fan favorite, some people theorized that he would be in Jurassic World or its sequel, but Neil himself finally gave an explanation as to why he was not in the films. While Neil explains that Grant may simply be retired from paleontology, maybe he hasn't come back yet because of the character's attachment to a sequel as widely maligned as Jurassic Park 3.
Screen Junkies recently released the newest entry into their Honest Trailers series, which can be viewed above, and it not only makes fun of Alan Grant's role in Jurassic Park 3, but also the plot and special effects for the entire film. Jurassic World was criticized for having cookie-cutter characters, but as this Honest Trailer points out, Jurassic Park 3 was not much better. As the video shows, the third Jurassic Park had the usual child whose parents got divorced, Téa Leoni screaming for most of the film, and, of course, Sam Neill essentially playing Indiana Jones without the charisma.
Jurassic Park 3 is often regarded as the worst entry on the Jurassic Park franchise, receiving a measly 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. While Jurassic Park 3 was less than well received, the franchise would eventually get a new lease on life with Jurassic World, which introduced a whole new cast of characters. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are currently leading the Jurassic World franchise, but the films often toss in easter eggs to the first three movies,. No matter how bad certain entries of the original trilogy were, people will always remember the first three films. That said, while Jurassic Park 3 may be remembered, it's usually for all the wrong reasons. When making a joke about Universal Studios' folly with the film, the Honest Trailer harkens back to Dr. Ian Malcolm's (Jeff Goldblum) famous line, “They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should."
The Jurassic Park franchise seems to be going pretty well at the moment, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom setting up Jurassic World 3's arrival in 2021. The series may now be making a ton of money and sporting a decent rep with audiences, but it's still hard to fully move past how truly laughable Jurassic Park III was at times. If this Honest Trailer did anything for fans, it made sure viewers will never forget the hilarious dream sequence in which a raptor speaks English to Alan Grant.
Source: Screen Junkies
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018
- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021