Back before the 2000s, most sequels were pretty bad. But then here comes The Lost World–which may not be on par with it’s legendary predecessor, but can still hold its own as an entertaining action-thriller. A successful sequel considering the time period.
However, it’s not even close to perfect. It has a much slower setup, and the premise doesn’t have that life-altering importance that comes along with it. Many of the sequences feel disjunct from one another. Also, there’s not much character depth or true growth from any of the characters.
And why is everyone so much stupider in this one? I mean, it’s already bad enough that no one is briefed on strategies about surviving a T-Rex, but then you have characters doing things like getting freaked out by a snake which allows man-eating dinosaurs to spot them. In the first film, one of the things I applaud is that there aren’t a lot of stupid character decisions, but here they’re all over the place.
The Lost World still has the mystery of the first one–even though it’s missing the grandiose tone. But we can’t deny that this sequel is just as thrilling and visually impressive as its predecessor.