This sequel to The Lost World (1992) was shot at the same
time as its predecessor. The final credits are even a repeat
of the first film's, so that a few characters new to this film
Gold Pictures / Republic Pictures. 99 min.
George Challenger: John Rhys-Davies
Summerlee: David Warner
Malone: Eric McCormack
Malu: Nathania Stanford
Jim: Darren Peter Mercer
Jenny Nielson: Tamara Gorski
Producers: Frank Agrama, Norman Siderow, Daniele
Director: Timothy Bond
Screenplay: Peter Welbeck
Special Effects: Image Quest Ltd.
"A plateau in Africa--1914." A tribal chief and his
daughter come across a bi-wing plane in a clearing. The chief
is captured by thugs working for an oilman, Dr. Haymans, who has
Belgian authorization and Gomez in his employ too. Haymans sets
off a dynamite blast which blows up a dinosaur and its infant.
The dinosaur lives but Haymans repeatedly shoots it in the face.
They throw the chief off a cliff for now there are "no gods
. . . only death." The infant dinosaur lived too and the
daughter escorts it back to the tribe.
Malu brings the hurt chief to Kate Crenshaw,
who wires for Malone and the others to make good on their vow
to come back when needed. Malone receives word that the dinosaurs
are in danger because of oil drilling when he and Jenny Nielson
are on assignment in the Khyber Pass battles. We learn that Challenger
and Summerlee are feuding again over differing theories of the
origin of the Orinoco River. Malone and Jenny visit Summerlee
at his institute, a museum on a countess's estate. Summerlee
greets them warmly. "You two are, uh . . ."
says Malone. Summerlee agrees to go when the others tell him
Challenger won't. Challenger subsequently agrees to go thinking
Summerlee won't. The two convince him to stow away to avoid the
press. "He's right, of course. Everything I do is of international
interest." Jim has been working for Challenger and joins.
When Summerlee discovers Challenger aboard
and vice versa, the duel, but are mollified by Jim's reminder
of their vow to help in this matter of "the fate of the last
prehistoric animals on earth." On the plateau, a pipe explosion
wounds a worker, but Haymans insists the rest tend to the machinery.
After it is fixed, he bribes Gomez to make the wounded man
The Anglos arrive triumphantly and set out
on their canoes again with Malu. Jim is nearly eaten by a school
of prehistoric piranhas, Malu swims naked, and Malone and Jenny
are idiots as usual. Meanwhile, an apatosaur is shot at by the
drillers, but a T-rex wrecks the cooling system pipe. To the
workers it seems like they've struck oil, but actually volcanic
ash blows, setting fire to the plane and destroying all equipment.
To Haymans, they ask, "You got us into this mess; how you
gonna get us out of this hell hole?" Haymans decides he
and Gomez can convince the tribe to tell them a way off the plateau,
and they seize the opportunity to kidnap the chief's daughter,
leaving the baby dino, to barter with. The tribe notes that these
drillers bring death and must be in league with the evil ones,
the carnivorous dinosaurs; to help them would only bring more
death. As Gomez is about to kill the girl, Challenger shoots
him. Haymans is tied up.
The tribe has added to their mural, including
depictions of the six of them and their previous visit. They
have become part of the tribal mythology. Malu tells the rest
that they are more--gods--and are expected to restore peace and
tame the volcano.
Jim is captured temporarily by the thugs awaiting
Haymans, but the chief's daughter imitates a pterodactyl call
and they run away. Challenger reasons that if one caps oil fires,
so should one treat a volcano. He has brought an invention of
his, a powerful explosive dubbed "Challengite." Summerlee
believes all should evacuate the plateau but the tribe won't:
"They say they don't want to live if their world is dead."
No one agrees to acompany Challenger into the
cave to plant the explosives. When a bridge burns, Malone shows
up to rescue Challenger. Chaos ensues. Malu releases Haymans
supposedly to help. Jenny admits to Malu she loves Malone. The
thugs attack with gunfire while the detonation is scheduled.
Summerlee risks his life to set the explosives off, but a wire
has broken. Jim goes into the cave and Haymans follows. Realizing
it is a way out, Haymans tries to convince Jim that the two of
them could escape but Jim connects the wires. The blast succeeds,
and although assumed dead, Jim reemerges from the cave. Jenny
and Malone kiss, and a cry goes up when Percy, the baby pterodactyl
from the previous film seems finally to have made it back home.
Challenger and Summerlee are re-reconciled and discuss intuition's
role in science. Challenger will destroy the formula for Challengite:
"The world does not need a more powerful explosive."
At least we saved the lost world. "Yes, we saved it; but
for how long?"
Yes, the geology is suspicious (How close can one get to a river
of molten rock? Is capping a volcano a good idea?); dishrags
Malone and Jenny have been travelling around together for over
a year and a half reporting on and photographing wars but haven't
considered each other as romantic partners?; but this sequel offers
an enjoyable follow-up very much in the spirit of the first film.
The ruthlessness and pointless violence of the opening scenes
(blowing up dinosaurs, throwing the harmless chief off a cliff)
is particularly horrifying in an appropriately effective way.
Being on the verge of World War I is never alluded to, but our
awareness of this fact plays a part in our experience of this