Ahead of his exciting return to the role of Alan Grant after more than 20 years on Jurassic World: Dominion, Sam Neill spoke to Den of Geek about Jurassic Park III. Despite years of reporting the Threequel’s difficult production, Neill can’t recall having a bad time on set himself. However, he agrees that the end product isn’t perfect, especially when it comes to the ending. “It ends abruptly. It didn’t have as satisfying an ending as I would have liked,” Neill said, adding that he doesn’t think it’s such a bad action film, although critics have put it through the wringer in the past.
Ultimately, Jurassic Park III is far from a standout part of the Jurassic saga, and it didn’t do much to keep fans interested. One would have to imagine that his hasty graduation had something to do with it. Thankfully, it didn’t dampen his love for the Alan Grant character, which is why Neill eventually returned for Dominion. In an interview with Gizmodo, he explained that this fan recognition – coupled with the chance to hang out again with Dern and Goldblum, who has Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Ian Malcolm played – made a huge contribution to his Dr. Make comeback a reality.
In Sam Neill’s eyes, the ending to Jurassic Park III didn’t really work. One can only hope that Jurassic World: Dominion doesn’t make him feel the same way and gives Alan Grant the send-off he deserves.