The Lost World: Jurassic Park
written by David Koepp, from the novel by Michael Crichton
Hammond: You were right -- and I was wrong. There! Did you ever think you'd hear me say that? Spectrally wrong. Instead of observing those animals, I tried to control them. I squandered an opportunity and we still know next to nothing about their lives. Thank God for Site B. Well? Didn't it all seem a trifle compact to you? Isla Nublar was just a showroom, Ian, something for the tourists, Site B was the factory floor. We built it first, on Isla Sorna, eight-some miles from Nublar. After the accident at the park, a hurricane wiped out our facility on Site B. We had to evacuate and leave the animals to fend for themselves. And they did. For four years I tried to keep them safe human meddling, now I want you to go there and document them. It will be the most extraordinary fossil record the world has ever seen. Ian, you are my last chance to give something of real value to the world. I can't walk so far and leave no footprints; die and leave nothing with my name on it. I will not be known only for my failures. And you will not allow yourself to go down in history as a lunatic. You're too smart. You're too proud. Dr. Malcolm. Please. This is a chance at redemption. For both of us. There's no time to equivocate, we must seize it now.
Kudos and much thanks go to David for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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