Let’s Rank The 10 Best Films Based On Michael Crichton Novels, Shall We?

By: 04.05.13  •  39 Comments

With Jurassic Park 3D hitting theaters, let’s look back on all the Michael Crichton books that made their way to the big screen, shall we? It’s hard to believe that Crichton is mastermind behind so many films — films that cover a range of genres, no less: action-adventure, sci-fi, crime thriller and even medical dramas (if you consider E.R.). These are the 10 best.

10. The Carey Treatment

This ’70s flick based on A Case of Need was a dud. The film came out to mostly negative reviews and was bogged down by a nonsensical script. Though it’s better than at least two other disasters that didn’t make the list: Timeline and The 13th Warrior.

9. Sphere

What happens when you put Dustin Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Samuel L Jackson in a room 10,000 leagues under the sea? Well nothing in this case. The cast was shamefully underutilized in this sad interpretation of what was originally an interesting book. Though, the best part of the film is Queen Latifah’s death-by-jellyfish scene, helping the film earn its spot on the list.

8. Congo

The biggest disappointment in this film were the gray gorillas. While Jurassic Park dazzled with CGI dinosaurs, audiences were forced to suffer with cheesy looking animatronics. And you know Laura Linney was cursing her agent when she realized her costar was a boozehound, talking ape. Even though the film was the cliff notes version of the book it was surprisingly faithful to the source material.

7. The Terminal Man

Even though it was met with mediocre reviews, the film is often noted for Mike Hodges direction. Apparently Terrence Malick didn’t know what an image was until he saw this film. (Whatever that means.) The main issue with it is just how slow it is.

6. Disclosure

What is it about ‘90s Michael Douglas that makes women lust after him and then go crazy? It happened to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, then Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and finally Demi Moore in this flick. At the end of the day it’s just schmaltzy sex thriller but there’s no shame in enjoying that.

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