Dino ACTION!!!

Jurassic World smashed records over the weekend and proved that this franchise with a checkered track record still had some magic left in it. To celebrate its success, I was inspired by In Session Film, as well as IGN to look back at the best moments in the series. However, I concluded that a fair competition could not exist within the rankings because the original Jurassic Park is far superior to its sequels in every way. So instead of a list of the "Ten Best Moments in the Jurassic Park SERIES" I decided to split it up into two lists. In the first list, we'll celebrate the "Top 5 Moments in the Jurassic Park Sequels" and in the second we'll discuss the "Top 5 Moments in Jurassic Park"


5. Raptor chase - The Lost World: Jurassic Park

To be perfectly honest, I probably would have preferred another moment from Jurassic World over this, but I felt bad for the lack of love I gave to the earlier sequels. Thus, the raptor sequence as they're fleeing the island in The Lost World squeaks by onto the list. It's tense and it makes already creepy cornfields (okay it probably wasn't cornfields considering it was a tropical island...) that much scarier when they're filled with raptors. And to be clear, no I do NOT mean the part with the gymnast moves...
4. Off-roading in the gyrosphere

How many dinosaurs do you count? This was the moment that kickstarted Jurassic World for me. This scene was incredibly reminiscent of a classic scene from the original that is guaranteed on my second list. The intro of your main baddie has got to be a big moment and Jurassic World nailed it. This sequence was terrifying and thrilling all at once.

3. The Bird Cage - Jurassic Park III

While Jurassic Park III contains probably the most action out of all of the sequels, a lot of it is unfortunately pretty forgettable. The sequence with the pterodactyl is definitely one of the more memorable highlights from the film. Having loved pterodactyls as a kid, I was pleased as punch that they finally got their moment to shine in a Jurassic Park film.

2. We need more teeth - Jurassic World

I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't seen Jurassic World yet, but Bryce Dallas Howard's decision on how the finale should happen in this film was hands down the best moment of the film. This was a wonderful reveal and the action that resulted because of it was fantassssstic. The best finale of any Jurassic sequel.

1. RV Scene - The Lost World: Jurassic Park

If there had been more scenes like this one that felt so "classic Spielberg" The Lost World wouldn't have been the let down that it was. This scene has so much tension you can cut it with a knife! It is so expertly crafted that even though it appears in a very flawed movie, its greatness is undeniable. The fact that anyone praised this movie was due almost entirely to this scene. Couldn't find a gif, so here's the scene below!


5. Denis Nedry meets a Dilophosaurus

So hard to choose the #5 spot! It was between this and "We're back in the car!" tree chase with Tim and Dr. Grant. I went with this one because the Dilophosaurus is one clever dino that unfortunately we never really get to see again in the series. This moment is probably one of the most purely horrific in the entire series as our best human villain meets his untimely end.

4. Must go faster!

Dr. Sattler and the Raptor Expert go in search of finding everyone missing but only find a badly injured Ian Malcolm and the remains of the blood sucking lawyer. Very soon they're confronted by the giant lizard that made all this mess in the first place. Trying to outrun the giant T-rex in their tiny Ford all the while seeing it roar in the side view mirror has to be one of the most iconic moments in the entire series. I mean, it was even parodied in Toy Story 2!

3. Raptors in the Kitchen

Arguably, one of the tensest scenes in the movie doesn't even belong to the T-rex at all! The raptors steal the movie right from under him with this scene as Tim and Lex play a little game of hide and seek with these guys. This might be one of Spielberg's tensest directing moments ever.

2. Welcome to Jurassic Park

As wonderful as all the scary moments are in the film, the one that induces the most awe happens to be when we the audience get to see the dinosaurs for the first time just as the characters do. It's a moment that allows us to bond with the characters because we're both experiencing this for the first time. In its day, this scene (as well as many others,) was a technological feat... and it still stands up today! The visuals combined with John Williams fantastic score make this not just a great Jurassic Park moment... but a great moment in cinema period.

1. Where's the goat?

This is the moment where everything hits the fan! This is the moment when Jurassic Park comes alive and the *real* fun begins. Man, I get chills just thinking about it. The first appearance of the T-rex might just be the best reveal of any movie monster ever. The whole sequence that follows as Dr. Grant tries to save the day after the bloodsucking lawyer "left us!" is straight up movie magic. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch it all over again right this second.

Well, that's it! Agree/disagree? Any moments I left off? Let me know in the comments below! And if you haven't done so already, GO SEE JURASSIC WORLD!

And if that's not enough dino action for you, listen to my podcast on Jurassic World and other JP sequels HERE.

Which Moment is Your Favorite from the Series?

Raptor Chase - The Lost World Jurassic Park
Off Roading - Jurassic World
The Bird Cage - Jurassic Park III
We Need More Teeth! - Jurassic World
Don't Break the Glass! - The Lost World Jurassic Park
Denis Nedry Meets a Dilophosaurus - Jurassic Park
Must Go Faster! - Jurassic Park
Raptors in the Kitchen - Jurassic Park
Welcome to Jurassic Park - Jurassic Park
Where's the Goat? - Jurassic Park
Poll Maker


Sarah said...

Good choices. I didn't hate The Lost World as much as most did, but it wasn't nearly as good as Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park III suffers mostly from super unlikable characters (I'm looking at you Tea Leoni and William H. Macy).

Jurassic World looks like a fun movie. I need to go and check it out.

Taylor said...

Jurassic World was amazing with a few changes I would have made. Lost World had amazing potential if they only followed the book. Vince Vaughn might have been the greatest person I wanted to die ...'protagonist' should not give off that vibe. And yes, the gymnastic superimposed self-empowered little girl was the #2 worst moment in Jurassic Park history. #1 of course being the raptor in Jurassic Park 3 in the plane with Alan.

For Jurassic World, without giving too much away: What ever happened to Barry? 'Have a nice walk back' And the Perimeter fence breach was never accounted for. I think the brothers were good (would have liked to see more awe and excitement buildup and execution...older brother took away from for what? To look cool? Dumb.) also a little heavy on familial issues which again, serves little to no purpose in the overall themes. CEO seemed oblivious and naive which proved an interesting character, but also unrealistic of a CEO that bought INGEN and made everything possible. The main villain's ideas were too ludicrous and only weakened the overall story. I also miss the constant thrill of the original when you never felt safe and only progressed throughout the movie steadily...this one kept going back and forth, effectively eliminating an elevated suspense effect.

One interesting observation: it's always some fat slob that's responsible for the onslaught of crapola. Chris Pratt and the Director were the best though her haircut effectively distracted me throughout the movie.

Movies For Lunch Guys said...

"Where's the goat" is easily on my ten-best scenes in cinema history (which would make for a fascinating post to this blog.) That whole ten-minute sequence that starts with the rippling water on the dashboard and ends with the triumphant roar of T-Rex is amazing.

Great blog!

Dan from Movies for Lunch Guys (even though I don't post on it anymore)