After the beautifully directed but rather ridiculous events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, humanity faces the terrifying prospect of finding ourselves fighting for the title as the dominant species on planet Earth. Or at least that is what is suggested in Colin Trevorrow’s new short film Battle at Big Rock (or Jurassic World 2.5).
A family camping trip in the mountains takes an unexpected turn as a baby and parent Nasutoceratops politely trample their way through the camp. The smiles are soon replaced by screams when an Allosaurus rocks up leading to the intense, titular battle taking place.
Despite its short 8 minute run-time, Battle at Big Rock is full of suspense and thrills befitting earlier entries of the franchise, you know, when the Jurassic films were good. It’s a scene reminiscent of the iconic cliff top scene in Spielberg’s The Lost World, only this time it’s a crying baby human rather than a crying baby T-Rex that is grabbing the attention of the nearby predator. This leads to a great few minutes of classic Jurassic action. It felt claustrophobic and suffocating. It felt familiar. It felt good.
It teases what is a tantalising prospect going forward for the next instalment. Jurassic Park is my favourite film of all time and I have long hoped for an instalment where humans and dinosaurs were having to co-exist alongside one another outside of the confines of a park or an island (the San Diego disaster doesn’t count). It’s a concept that the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy did so well. Imagine that but with DINOSAURS. The credit sequences acted as a great little window to show us just what that could look like.
How Owen Grady and Claire Dearing fit into this jigsaw is still to be determined, but this gives me hope that the franchise is at least heading in a new direction, something it desperately needed to do after JW and JW:FK. Whether that direction will prove to be the one to resurrect the series or condemn it to extinction remains to be seen.
My Rating: ★★★★
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Written by: Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow
Cast: André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd, Pierson Salvador
“The short takes place one year after the events of the last Jurassic World film in Big Rock National Park, where dinosaurs are now living in our world. The story follows a family of four whose encounter with these wild animals becomes a terrifying fight for survival.”