The various dinosaurs in this film are depicted with
additional details discovered or theorized by scientists
since the initial two films in the series, such as more
colorful patterns on the skin and the addition of
feather-like quills on the raptors.
The opening shot indicates that Isla Sorna is located 207
miles west of Costa Rica and that the island is restricted.
(The Lost World indicated that the island was
87 miles west of Isla Nublar, so that would place Isla
Nublar about 120 miles from Costa Rica, exactly as stated in
As the Dino-Soar boat emerges from the fog bank at 3:20 on
the DVD, the two-man crew is missing and we can see that the
awning has been shredded and there is splattered blood
visible on the aft deck. Yet, we get no explanation of
exactly what happened to the two men.
Ever since Jurassic Park III was released in 2001, there has been
controversy among fans about how the boat
was damaged. The
implication is that one or more dinosaurs did the deed...but how?
There is no suggestion of aquatic saurians in the film, and it
seems unlikely that a pterosaur could appear, grab the crew
from under the boat's awning, and disappear (however the
original ending of the script implies that it was, in fact,
a flock of free Pteranodons who did the deed).
The raptor toys that Grant is playing with at 4:19 on the
DVD appear to be from the actual Jurassic Park toy
When Ellie suggests to Grant that her son, Charlie, at 3
years of age, is maybe a bit young to learn of the ferocious
nature of Velociraptors, Grant says, "Right. Sorry,
Charlie." Possibly, this is a reference to the catchphrase
"Sorry, Charlie" used in the
StarKist Tuna television
commercials featuring the animated character Charlie Tuna.
When Ellie's phone rings inside the house, her housekeeper
tells her it is her publisher wanting to talk to her about
the last chapter. She shouts back to just to tell him she is
going to get the Jack Horner quote. Jack Horner is a
paleontologist and was a consultant to all three JP films.
Ellie's husband, Mark, tells Grant he's now working at the
State Department. This is a setup for how Ellie is able to
get the U.S. military involved in the rescue of Grant's
party on Isla Sorna at the end of the movie.
From his recent studies of fossilized raptor skulls, Grant
now believes that they were smarter than whales, dolphins,
As Grant sets out after his evening with Ellie's family, she
tells him if he ever needs anything at all, not to hesitate
to call on her. This is another setup for the rescue at the
end of the film.
It seems that Malcolm's wisecrack in
Jurassic Park that Grant is about to become extinct
is gradually coming true. He comments to Ellie that he is
the last of his breed. And at the lecture, he seems to have
grown a bit sensitive to the suggestion that his
fossil-based theories are rather moot since the U.N. and
Costa Rica will likely soon allow scientists onto Isla
Sorna to study the dinosaurs that have been allowed to
Grant calls Hammond and InGen's creations at Jurassic Park
and on Isla Sorna "genetically-engineered theme park
monsters". This goes somewhat against what he told young Lex
Jurassic Park when she says,
"Don't make the monsters come over here," and he tells her,
"They're not monsters, Lex, they're animals."
Nash calls the weapon he and Cooper are testing out at the
airplane graveyard an "Iron horn 20-millimeter,
gas-operated, semiautomatic..." As far as I can tell, this
is a fictional gun made up for the movie.
As he and his mercenaries prepare for the expedition, Udesky
tells Paul Kirby they are prepared, "...it's gonna be a walk
in the park." This is an ironic use of the cliché "walk in
the park" since they are going to be walking in Jurassic
Grant and Billy's latest dig is at Fort Peck Lake, Montana.
This is a real lake.
At 11:24 on the DVD, Grant drives up to the dig in a truck
with the seal of the
Museum of the Rockies at
State University. This is an actual museum and
university. It would suggest that Grant now works for
Montana State U. In the novel of
Jurassic Park, author Michael
Crichton states that Grant has a teaching position at the
University of Denver. Since the movies differ from the
novels, it may be that Grant never worked at the University
of Denver or he may simply have accepted a position at
Montana State to be closer to his dig sites in the state or
for other reasons. The seal seen here may have been created
for the movie; I've found no evidence that the museum or
university has used this design.
Billy jokingly asks Grant if he likes computers and he
answers, "I like the abacus, Billy."
No, an abacus is not a PC brand name! It's an ancient type
of calculator, still used by merchants and clerks in many
parts of the world.
Billy shows Grant a device called a rapid prototyper, a
computerized machine that can be fed data on an object so
that the machine can quickly sculpt it out of relatively
soft materials. This technology has actually existed in the
real world since the late 1980s, though does not have the
sculpting speed implied by the one seen in the film. Here,
Billy uses it to recreate the resonating chamber of a raptor
At dinner with the Kirbys, Grant and Billy each order an ice
pick to drink. An ice pick is a mix of vodka and iced tea.
The Kirbys tell Grant they love the outdoors, saying they've
been on just about every adventure tour that's come up, such
as the Nile, Galapagos, and K2. Denial is a river in Egypt
(yuk, yuk!). The Galapagos Islands
are the Pacific island chain 525 nautical miles off the
coast of Ecuador that helped Charles Darwin come to his
theory of evolution by means of natural selection. K2 is the second
highest mountain after Mt. Everest. Amanda Kirby goes on to
say that she and her husband have reservations for the first
commercial flight to the moon; this is a fiction she has
made up, as there are as yet no commercial operations taking
reservations for future flights to the moon. I suppose she
is banking that Grant and Billy do not know that.
Grant seems to have a weakness for money, at least so far as
it pertains to funding his paleontological research. In
Jurassic Park, he gives in to
Hammond to visit the park due to his offer to fund his dig
for a further 3 years. And here, he again accepts the Kirbys'
offer to fund his research in exchange for being their guide
in a flyover of Isla Sorna.
Notice that, as the Kirbys and their hired crew hear the
roar of the Spinosaurus for the first time, on the airstrip
at 20:46 on the DVD, there is also the sound of gunshots in
the background (Cooper, Nash, and Udesky firing at it).
At 21:52 on the DVD, as the plane is attempting take-off
from Isla Sorna's airstrip, there are some power lines
visible on the hills in the background. It's vaguely plausible
as being lines strung by InGen during their occupation of
the island, but I think in reality the audience is not
supposed to notice them as being an artifact of on-location
At 23:09 on the DVD, besides the mini vodka bottle, there
appears to be one of the mercenary's grenades rolling down
the aisle way!
Before being corrected by Grant, Billy guesses that the
super-predator they've just encountered after their crash
landing was a Suchomimus or Baryonyx. Both
were real dinosaurs, related to Spinosaurus.
Paul Kirby finally admits to Grant and Billy that there is
no such thing as Kirby Enterprises, it's actually
Kirby Paint and Tile + in the Westgate Shopping Center in
Enid, OK. There is an actual shopping center by that name in
the city and it was previously mentioned in
At 38:26 on the DVD, there appears to be some kind of
painting or poster on the wall of the InGen complex.
Grant's identification of the raptor's call for help after
the chase through the animal pens is a foreshadowing of
Grant using the same call to frighten off the raptor pack at
the end of the film.
Escaping from the raptors at the InGen compound, Grant and
the rest run into a mixed herd of hadrosaurs. The
hadrosaurids appear to be of the species Parasaurolophus
When Eric rescues Grant from the raptors in the middle of
the jungle, we see he is wearing a sort of poncho of leaves.
He first made one of these in
Survivor. He is also
wearing an oversized InGen jacket which he procured from the
compound in that book.
Eric takes Grant to his island home, the inside of a water
tanker first seen in
Though we only see half the wrapper, Eric appears to be
Nestle Crunch bar at 47:26 on the DVD.
Eric has a vial of tyrannosaur urine that he says scares
some of the smaller creatures away but attracts the
Spinosaurus. I'm not sure why it should attract the
Spinosaurus unless it's because the beast wants to
eliminate rivals for prey.
At 49:27 on the DVD, a compy snags an insect out of the air.
When Eric and Grant leave the tanker to go searching for
the rest of Grant's party, Eric doesn't bother to close the
tank door as they leave. That seems unwise of someone who
has learned how to survive on Isla Sorna for 8 weeks,
especially since we saw that he had kept it closed while he
was away and then returned having rescued Grant. Are they now so
sure they won't have to return that they are no longer
worried about something else climbing inside?
Although it happens quickly, at 52:28 on the DVD, it's
obvious that Paul Kirby has just finished taking a pee in
the background...there's even a quick sound of him zipping
up his zipper!
The scene inside the aviary and the concept of pterosaurs
walking on their wings is borrowed from a brief scene in the
Jurassic Park novel.
The quadrupedal walking of pterosaurs is currently a
generally accepted theory.
Although the Pteranodons depicted here are shown as
capable of picking up an adult human and flying off with
them, in reality they were not large enough to have done so.
At 1:02:46 on the DVD, the
Pteranodon nest is shown on top of a stone,
pillar-like formation. A series of these formations is
clustered around this nest. Are these strange pillars
natural formations or were they built by InGen to look
natural for the purpose of pterosaur nesting and observation
As the baby pterosaurs are about to launch themselves at him
at 1:02:52 on the DVD, Eric picks up what appears to be a
human skull from among a scattering of bones and throws it
at them. How did the pterosaurs manage to catch and kill a
human prior to the events of this film?
The pterosaur/parasail chase is borrowed from a discarded
scene in an early draft of the film script for
The Lost World.
At 1:07:26 on the DVD, the latch to one of the gates to the
aviary is left loose, leaving the gate free to swing open. This
implies that the pterosaurs can now escape to freedom. But
then, according to the final scene of
The Lost World and
a couple of scenes in
Survivor, there are
already some flying free over the island.
The carnosaur that appears after Grant and his party dig the
satellite phone out of the Spinosaurus dung is
described in the film's literature as a Ceratosaurus,
identified largely by the horn on its snout.
A school of fish swim by the boat and Grant calls them
bonitas (also called bonitos). They are a medium-sized
predatory fish in the mackerel family.
At 1:12:52 on the DVD, the Spinosaur's fin emerges from the
water, perhaps intended as a callback to scenes of the
shark's fin in the 1975 Steven Spielberg film classic Jaws.
During the Spinosaur's attack on the boat,
Grant calls Ellie's house, and tells young Charlie to take the
phone to Mommy, but ironically, the boy gets distracted by
Barney the dinosaur on TV!
The lead raptor sniffs Mrs. Kirby and seems to think she is the one
who stole the raptor eggs. Why, when it is Grant who is carrying the
eggs in Billy's pack? Since the raptors seem to have a matriarchal
hierarchy, does she assume the female of the human group must be
their leader and thus responsible?
At 1:20:49 on the DVD, the lead raptor not only understands
Grant's "call for help" through the sculpted resonating
chamber, but she also hears the advancing sounds of
helicopters in the distance, which makes her think the call
for help is being quickly responded to.
As Grant's party runs towards the beach at 1:21:39 on the
DVD, there is a cloud of smoke or dust billowing in the
background for no discernible reason.
At the end of the film, a flock of Pteranodons is
seen flying away from the island, implying that they are
soon going to nest along the mainland.
Billy comments that Spinosaurus was not on InGen's
list of dinosaurs for its breeding program. Grant agrees and says
that it makes him wonder what else InGen was up to. Nothing
more is said about it in the film. In all the talk of
potential Jurassic Park IV scripts (and finally
realized in Jurassic World), there have been rumors
of plots involving genetically altered "mutant dinosaurs",
so the brief dialog in this film may have been intended as a
lead-in to that.
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we probably won't get off this island alive.wav
going with you guys.wav
if we lose
calling for help.wav
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