What Parents Need To Know About Jurassic World's 'Battle At Big Rock'

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Battle At Big Rock is a new short film directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael. The setting of the film takes place one year after the events of the last Jurassic World film in Big Rock National Park. In Battle at Big Rock, dinosaurs now live in our world. One night while camping by the fire, a family has a very close encounter with dinosaurs and survival is the only option. The film stars: Andre Holland (A Wrinkle In Time, Selma), Natalie Martinez (Ugly Dolls, The Crossing) Melody Hurd (Fatherhood), Pierson Salvador (Blindspot, Deception) as well as Ethan Cole and Nathan Cole.


Battle At Big Rock gets it right on many fronts. While the short film centers on a diverse family that includes children of young ages, it still includes suspense, thrill, dinosaurs and even some educational context about dinosaurs. Not only is the family in this film ethnically diverse, they are a blended family. The family includes an African-American dad play by Holland and Hurd as his extremely intelligent, precocious daughter. His wife or partner, played by Martinez is Latinx and has a son from a previous relationship that is Latino, and to round out the beautiful, blended family is a multiethnic baby that is result of their current union. It’s refreshing to see on screen families that look like real life.

There are elements of this film that may be scary for younger audiences. For example, there’s a scene where dinosaurs knock over the family camper while the family is still trapped inside and have to figure out a way to escape. There’s another intense moment when a baby dangles in mid-air while still locked into their feeding chair. I would recommend this film for ages 8 and up. However, it’s definitely not for the little ones.

In keeping with the Jurassic World franchise, the dinosaurs look extremely real. Dinosaur lovers will love this short film. Not to mention that one of the family members in the short appears to be a mini-expert on naming dinosaurs as well as understanding their characteristics and habits, which could serve as a great source of inspiration for younger dinosaur enthusiasts.


From Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist. Jurassic World is more than a film franchise. At every turn, this film series delivers a larger-than-life destination for exploration, discovery, and epic adventure. Dinosaurs live again and they live in Jurassic World.

Watch and share the all new-short film BATTLE AT BIG ROCK, directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael which premiered exclusively on FX September 15thand is available at JurassicWorld.com and on NBC.com

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