I bring you good news and bad news. The good news is that the new Jurassic World film Battle at Big Rock is by far the best in the series, managing to be wholly original (unlike Jurassic World) without being aggressively, bonk-headedly stupid (unlike Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). It’s tight, it’s tense, it’s a perfect fat-free distillation of everything that’s good about the Jurassic World franchise. However – and now for the bad news – it’s only eight minutes long.
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Filmed in secret and released this weekend, Battle at Big Rock is an odd duck indeed. In Colin Trevorrow it has an authentically Jurassic World-appropriate director. In Andre Holland and Natalie Martinez it has a pair of convincingly big stars. It is staged, shot, lit and scored like a big budget feature. And yet – since it’s too short to be a film and too long to be a DVD extra – it is assuredly a short in its own right. It’s like a more confident, muscular, expensive version of the little One-Shot features that Marvel put out for a couple of years at the beginning of the decade.
And it’s pretty great. Following the end of the last film, dinosaurs live in the wild now. Holland and Martinez play a couple of campers out in a national park with their kids, and their visit is interrupted when a large herbivore trundles past. And then even more when an Allosaurus barges in and starts a fight. The campers watch, awestruck, from their window. And then the Allosaurus comes for them.
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That’s it. That’s the whole film. It’s essentially a Jurassic World set-piece that’s been sliced up and presented alone. But three things make it stand out. First, unlike any of the dummies...
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