Reviewed by: Dale Mason
Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? Answer
Have blood cells ever been found in dinosaur fossils? Answer
WHY did God create dinosaurs? Answer
NOAH’S ARK—Did Noah take dinosaurs on the Ark? Answer
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester, Peter Stormare, Harvey Jason, Richard Schiff, Thomas F. Duffy, Joseph Mazzello / Director: Steven Spielberg / Released by: Universal Pictures
“Something has survived”
It was after midnight, the first showing of the official opening day. Finally, the previews for several R-rated “coming attractions” ended, and the feature film was about to begin.
An excited, uninhibited conglomeration of mostly college-age viewers filled more than 400 plastic backed theater recliners. It was a room full of variety. Men with silk shirts and manicured beards and teen boys with wholly sweats and purple hair. Young women of modest attire and young women in skimpy vinyl body suits. A room of couples and singles and small groups. Our disparity was obvious, but we all held one thing in common. We had all come and paid to view the most-touted movie sequel of the year (possibly of the decade).
All lights dimmed. All talking and laughing and shuffling ceased. All eyes focused expectantly on the huge black screen before us. Before any image appeared, all ears strained to discern the sounds that rumbled beneath us and around us and above us …and Steven Spielberg smiled. He had us right where he wanted us—on the edge of our seats, in the palm of his hand!
“The Lost World” is the much hyped special effects sequel to Spielberg’s “other” dinosaur movie, “Jurassic Park”. Like its immensely popular predecessor, “The Lost World” is a film about a crazy scientific experiment gone awry, but with a politically-correct 1990’s twist. Capitalistic, big business greed is the villain and the whole reason why such an honorable experiment by animal-loving noblemen has such terrible consequences.
Dinosaurs of myriad types inhabit a tropical island some 70 miles from the one on which the original Jurassic Park experiment had taken place. Four years have passed and, somehow, these incredible creatures which should have been dead have flourished and multiplied, apart from man. Through almost nonstop action, tension and violence, four good guys (3 men and a woman who just want to study the dinosaurs) and dozens of bad guys (men who want to capture and even kill some of the dinosaurs) find themselves struggling together to survive. Against all odds, and I do mean ALL odds, the fittest do survive. But so does the love of money. And so the struggle is transferred to San Diego and the location of a new Jurassic theme park where the spineless “Mr. Greedy” plans to exhibit an adult and baby Tyrannosaurus Rex. Mommy Rex, however, isn’t happy, and throws a temper tantrum. It is a rather large tantrum. It seems that Mommy Rex is unhappy with her accommodations, the treatment of her only child, and just apparently the fact that they expect her to live in southern California!
The special effects are, of course, incredible. But from a Christian perspective, there is nothing of good repute here. Nothing motivated by a desire to please and honor the Creator. Nothing but actions motivated by selfishness and man-centered ideals. The film is nothing better than escapist entertainment, a work of total fiction. Remember that. It is based squarely on the religion of evolution—a religion with more substance in the minds of men than in the evidences of the fossil record.
For the record, please note that this movie contains nonstop edge-of-your-seat tension, an “average” amount of profanity (around 12-15 instances) and FREQUENT violence (including several men being trampled or eaten or torn in two, with “appropriate” sound effects).
Mr. Woodbridge; Your comments are representative of the feelings of many. Thank you for sharing them. …The entire “Creation/Evolution” Q&A section of ChristianAnswers.Net is replete with the type of facts and information that you state that you seek. Also, I would challenge you to read “The Illustrated Origins Answer Book.” In fact, you don’t even have to buy the book to read it. It is already digitized and available free to anyone truly interested in knowing the facts surrounding this foundational issue.
—Dale Mason (Editor/reviewer)
To Mr. Woodbridge: 1. Why even post an opinion on a CHRISTIAN WEB PAGE feeling the way you do? we’re God’s people… you don’t care what we think… or do you?! 2. St. John 10:10 (Jesus talking in that destructive Bible) “The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Destructive? I don’t think so. 3. Next time you dis us Christians, don’t forget to leave us your review of the movie… which is the whole point of this web page in the first place!!! (Excuse me for being so long, but we can’t let Satan’s little helpers dog us out and just sit there and take it! Didn’t God command us to stand?!)
—Chris Utley, age 24
To Mr. Woodbridge: Something must have happened in your life or another’s life to make you doubt God’s existence and His message in the Bible. As for being destructive, no other book in history has set more people free (from drugs and other sinful lifestyles), been sold and read more, and changed more peoples hearts and attitudes (to name a few), than God’s written Word to man. I just want all of those out there who hold Mr. Woodbridge’s view to know that your opinion really doesn’t change the Bible’s message that God loves you and has a plan for your life if you turn from your unbelief and turn to Jesus' sacrificial death to wash away your sins.
—Milo, age 22
Reply to Sarah: You made an excellent point. Yes, we are supposed to pray for non-believers. I missed the mark. I should have rephrased my comments to simply fire back at Satan and not to single out an individual. I remember now… “We wrestle not against flesh and blood…”
—Chris Utley, age 24