Wednesday, September 18, 2019
A look at "Battle of Big Rock" A Jurassic Park short film
As much as I liked the first "Jurassic Park" all the way back in 1993, all the other movies in the franchise have been copies of the first. It's just excuse after excuse to get people on the island to slowly get killed by dinosaurs. Rinse, repeat. Interestingly enough, there was a concept for "Jurassic Park 4" that would have brought the franchise in a totally different direction. If you can imagine humanoid commando dinosaurs that could walk, talk and use guns, that was "Jurassic Park 4." I'm not lying. You can find concept art online.
The dinosaurs escaping to the mainland has been something that kinda been hinted at now and again in these movies. But not something that's ever really been seen full fledged. Until now that is. Colin Trevorrow, who directed "Jurassic World" has made a little short film called "Battle at Big Rock," it takes place after "The Fallen Kingdom" sometime.
It's not even ten minutes long, the biggest name in it is Andre Holland. A family is camping in the wilderness somewhere. It all feels rather genuine and authentic. We have a couple, and the man and the woman each have a child from a previous relationship. Plus, a child they made themselves. You can tell this family dynamic is rather new, since the two oldest children are still struggling to get along. That's before some Triceratops' come walking through camp.
At first there is a sense of wonder as the family watches the dinosaurs. But then, the Triceratops' are attacked, and things tip into life and death very quickly for the family. The movie is wonderfully shot and has more genuine tension then any of the actual movies. Check it out above!
I'd love to see more of these short films made!