AFTER the excitement of the original Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park II proved to be a major disappointment.
It was a case of too many dinosaurs and not enough plot.
But with Jurassic Park III, producer Steven Spielberg and director Joe Johnston are back on track with a proper story and enough scary moments to keep the youngest kids happy.
Sam Neill is back as palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant who, as usual, is looking for someone to fund his scientific work.
Help comes in the shape of millionaire Paul Kirby (another fine performance from William H Macy) who is willing to pay Grant money to fly over the island of Isla Sorna.
Now that's an island where dinosaurs are said to roam so there is no question of an actual landing. Except, of course, that's just what happens.
With a few females along to do the screaming Leoni as Macy's wife among them - the scene is set for more scary appearances and a lot of running.
The special effects eight years on are even better than in the first movie and this time we get flying dinosaurs, pteradons who enjoy swooping on people for a bite of lunch.
The tension-filled moments are well handled as is some much-needed humour.
And there's also a twist in the tale which may not come as a total surprise but which adds to the fun.
Jurassic Park III may not win any Oscars but as a good old-fashioned adventure yarn it's about as good as it gets.