RETURN TO THE LOST WORLD reunites the principals and recreates the rivalries of THE LOST WORLD (1992), a Canadian staging of the 1912 Conan Doyle classic. This comes as no surprise, since both original and sequel were shot simultaneously in 1991, on location in the jungles of Zimbabwe.
At the end of the first installment, six world-class explorers who had journeyed to a hidden plateau in the Belgian Congo vowed to reunite should ever their dinosaur-laden discovery become compromised, or its inhabitants threatened. As the second film opens, a local medicine man is forced to play
this trump card when callous oil developers move in and threaten to violate the fragile local ecosystem. The explorers re-assemble, and lovebird journalists Jim (Darren Peter Mercer) and Jenny (Tamara Gorski) set about trying to persuade all the intellectual heavies of their seriousness, hoping to
avoid the animosity that hobbled them last time out. Soon enough, Professors Challenger (John Rhys-Davies) and Summerlee (David Warner), both equally pig-headed, pompous, and prosaic, are step-timing through the equatorial outback to protect their intellectual legacy, quibbling about the most
insignificant scientific detail.
The oil developers prove their brutishness by stealing a cute stegosaurus and killing its mother. After braving piranha fish, hostile natives, and the river wild, the expedition arrives just in time to sabotage the giant oil rig, blowing it sky-high, meanwhile rescuing the native chief's
beautiful daughter Malu (Nathania Stanford) from evil industrialist Gomez (Geza Kovacs). The explosion triggers a nearby volcano, providing some suitable fireworks as a big finish. Finally, in a nod to the first film, old friend Percy the Tyrannosaurus returns all the way from London for a tearful
This dinosaur yarn, shot before JURASSIC PARK but released to US home video in its wake, is really a throwback to the adventure spectacles of the 1950s and '60s, and seems unaffected by current trends in mighty-morphin' children's fare, or by youth culture in general--which is mostly in its
favor. But the dinosaurs (even beloved Percy) are substandard, and the sequel is essentially a retread of the slightly superior first picture. Neither film, needless to say, has anything like the vigor and originality of the groundbreaking 1925 silent version. (Nudity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: RETURN TO THE LOST WORLD reunites the principals and recreates the rivalries of THE LOST WORLD (1992), a Canadian staging of the 1912 Conan Doyle classic. This comes as no surprise, since both original and sequel were shot simultaneously in 1991, on locati… (more)