Battle of the Damned [Blu-ray]
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If you've seen all the good ones, this is a pretty good "bad" one.
- Robot: "We f--- them up."
In the dog-eat-dog world that is the direct-to-video market, your nightly B-flick selection rides on slim hope and morbid fascination and on withered cachet earned by faded stars. 2013's Battle of the Damned is zombie cinema done on the cheap but isn't as awful as you may assume. Doesn't mean it's a world beater of a movie, either. It stars Dolph Lundgren, fresh off his mumbling his way thru The Expendables franchise. The Expendables often takes place in exotic locales, and I've this mad image in my brain of Dolph finishing his scenes from the latest Expendables and then just parachuting down off Stallone's plane to start shooting this film. He doesn't bother to change wardrobe.
As Battle of the Damned opens, it's divulged thru title cards that Southeast Asia has become the hotbed for biotech corporations that want no part of complying with sanctions and regulations. These are the sort of skeevy places where doomsday scenarios originate. When a research lab accidentally unleashes a pathogen into the urban sprawl, a military blockade cuts off the city from the outside world.
Not that Major Max Gatling (Lundgren) is dissuaded. An ex-Green Beret who'd seen hot action in Mogadishu, Gatling has been contracted by a shady industrialist to sneak into the quarantined zone and sneak out again but with his daughter Jude in tow. What Gatling didn't expect was for the girl (Melanie Zanetti) to be ensconced with a band of survivors calling themselves "the Damned." And that she may not want to leave.Read more ›
Part of the problem with this movie is the beginning, where they get ahead of the story, merging past and present in a confusing fashion. Suddenly they're in the city, in a melee, "there is no backup!", and the camera is wobbling all over the place. The basic structure of the film is fight and run, repeat. When the plot slows down so they can chatter, you might as well get up and wander around. I did find two scenes worth noting, one involves a zombie taking a nap, the other is a fabulous shot of the team reflected in a pool of water. It also irritated me that they defensively said they weren't fighting `zombies.' If it looks and acts like a zombie..................
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A fun B flick movie that knows exactly what it is and doesn't try to be anything more. It's good solid fun!Published 8 days ago by M.
Another great movie for any Dolph Lundgren fan!! It has a lot of action and a great story.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Forty-ish years in the industry and Dolf still can't act. Now he can barely walk too. I needed more killer robots and less Dolf. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert E. Malone
Battle of the Damned(released July/13)stars,among others Dolph Lundgren,Melanie Zanetti,Matt Doran, and David Field. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Badgley
I had an internet lag and accidentally purchased this one. Dolph is just tired. poor guy can barely walk, watching him half jog for five steps at the end of a shot made me want to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stokely