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26 September 2019

Vacation from hell.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Battle at Big Rock” - 8 mins 40s

'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow offers a focused slice of dino-terror in this accomplished short film set in a caravan park. As parents Mariana (Natalie Martinez) and Dennis (André Holland) try to instil calm at the dinner table, something goes bump in the night outside. Surprise, surprise - it's not a bear.

The carnage that ensues is far more intimate than in recent instalments of the franchise, with ad-hoc weaponry such a fire extinguisher replacing military hardware. There is, however, a satisfying riff on Chekhov's gun as an unlikely hero comes to the fore.

A leaner, pacier beast than its big-screen counterparts, 'Battle at Big Rock' is a worthy spin-off that cuts pretty much straight to the action. To paraphrase John Hammond, no expense has been spared with the VFX, either.

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Executive Producer: Stefan Sonnenfeld / Colin Trevorrow / Emily Carmichael
Cinematographer: Larry Fong
Editor: Stephen M. Rickert Jr.

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