(This is Battle at Big Rock short film review, which is a short film sets in the world post Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom events)
The next instalment in the Jurassic World series is coming to the silver screen in 2 more years, but now a short that acts as a prologue to the film has been released just recently! Battle at Big Rock gives us a glimpse at how the world has adapted to the presence of the released cloned dinosaurs.
It is directed by the Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow himself with written help from Emily Carmichael, and with new casts such as André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador. Now, let’s get into Battle at Big Rock short film review real quick!
After the events from Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaurs have now officially been introduced to the wild. People start to get used to living with them, and this short focuses on a particular family who is out camping in a forest. Little did they expect that things would take a turn…for the worst. What will they do?
Battle at Big Rock Short Film Review
Nothing can much can be said here, except that this short film really acts as the prologue to the next untitled Jurassic World movie. Hell, if this is shown as the first 8 minutes of that film, it would not be a surprise too.
the world slowly adapting to the new phenomena
With that said, it does give us the idea of how people start to get used to the presence of the released dinosaurs. We can see how the family has a different reaction where it looks like such events are common occurrences. Here it is a strong sign that common sense has changed, with the world slowly adapting to the new phenomena.
However, the story is really simple with no particular interesting twist or stuff. So only watch this as a prologue to the next film, and not as a fully contained short film with its own important premise or characters.
only watch this as a prologue to the next film
Interestingly, the scenes in-between the credits are the most interesting one, where we see how the dinosaurs have impacted our everyday lives. Now these are what makes it more authentic.
Pacing is pretty alright with things happening fast and dinosaurs appear almost right before the second half of the film. The appearances of the dinosaurs help to make the pacing slower in introducing them, and then things to on a crescendo towards the climax near the end.
The characters are new, and no old-characters from the previous films have appeared. Hell, even the infamous T-Rex is not here. So, there is some disappointment from me when I don’t see anything new…or old.
the characters are not particularly memorable, nor are they special
We are introduced to a family that is out camping. I must say most of the characters are pretty cliché, with a calm dad and mom, then a boy who is easily scared, his sister that is badass and does the impossible( like drawing and reloading and shooting the crossbows, and then a young brother who cries just so to attract the dinosaur’s attention.
Nothing much to say here, as the characters are not particularly memorable, nor are they special. Even the dinosaurs are also of less memorable types.
The soundtrack uses similar melody as the previous films. It’s still pretty memorable, but that’s it. Nothing much to add here too.