Craig posted a review at 2008-08-25 01:08:33.
Good premise, but the movie was better. I find it odd that the book is supposed to be about the dangers of genetic engineering but greed was really the only reason Jurassic Park failed rather than science run amok (as shown by the characters of Dennis Nedry and John Hammond).The character of Ian Malcolm was given way too much dialog about chaos theory and his views on everything from global warming to nuclear fallout and really seemed like a jerk in the book who sounded like he knew everything (which isn't surprising considering it's really Crichton expressing his own views through him). A lot of what Malcolm said didn't really make a whole lot of sense to me. Not once did he or any other character suggest that maybe the park failed because Nedry was trying to steal dinosaur embryos based on greed and intentionally shut off the security systems as well as making everything intentionally insecure to begin with as well as John Hammond just thinking about the money he could make and not safety. Also, some of what Malcolm said even seemed to be almost anti-science.It really felt like Crichton was pushing his views through Malcolm without any way to back them up. Considering what Crichton has said recently about global warming and SETI it isn't surprising I kept thinking it was him talking through Malcolm. For example, he called SETI a religion becuase it is based on faith. Which is absolutely wrong because we already have proof of intelligent beings using radio to communicate through space: us. There's no reason to think that there couldn't be others.Anyway, even that those examples are from 14 years after Jurassic Park was written, it felt like he was pushing his views even back then without being able to back them up as well has using plot devices (greed causing total failure of the park) that doesn't really fit in to his cautionary tale of genetic engineering.That was really my one major gripe with the book, everything else I can give a pass since those are minor details. All in all, the movie is way better since most of Malcolm's inane ramblings are taken out and it just takes the good premise of the book and makes it a straight-forward fun movie.