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The Battery [Blu-ray]
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful
The Battery is about two guys trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. But wait! Before you shake your head and go back to looking a naughty pictures of people doing naughty things, let me stress that this film is damn fine. The film is essentially a road film/buddy flick that probably could have taken place sans zombies. The zombies are there and are definitely a threat but the film is much more about the relationship between the guys and their individual relationships with their surroundings. It's not scary per se, though there are definitely horrific moments sprinkled throughout. Gorehounds will be sorely disappointed here as well. The film doesn't have much of the red stuff. So, it's not scary and it's not gory which should mean it should be terrible right? On paper it sounds cliche and dull. But the film itself is very compelling. Their surroundings are captured beautifully giving the film a strong sense of place. It's not a generic suburb or faceless city but a beautiful countryside filled with forests, streams, and isolated homes. The soundtrack also helps build the sense of place with jangly guitars, soulfully played. The gorgeous compositions mixed with perfect music build this humble film into something truly worth seeing. The film honestly feels like "post-horror" if I may be so bold. It's arty without being pretentious, thoughtful without being too intellectual.

The zombies are slow moving with no wall climbing spider zombies being present. They're threatening but only in large numbers. The two main characters travel along the countryside, never staying in one place too long so that they never become surrounded by zombies. One of the men is totally acclimated to the wandering lifestyle, the other hungers for community. This is the conflict of the film, each fighting for dominance and direction. Should they look for others? Should they continue to stay away? Though the conflict here for the most part between the two involves jokes and mild arguments thankfully. I was afraid the film would devolve into both characters hating each other but they only bicker as best friends and siblings do. The camaraderie between the two made the film compelling, funny, and engaging. I felt like I knew both of them by the end and could understand each point of view.

The Battery is a sold film that lives in the place where indie art house and horror meet without being preachy or obnoxious. It's just plain good. The kicker is that the film only cost $6,000 was filmed on a Canon 5d and edited on a PC. It's inspiring that a smart group of people could make such an outstanding film for so little, using technology within easy grasp of many folks. It proves yet again that you don't need a lot of money to make a good movie, just a solid script and determination.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I've seen a lot of micro budget horror movies, many of them involving zombies (a trendy subject right now). Netflix has got countless of them on their streaming service, old and new. The vast majority of them are awful, nearly unwatchable to even a diehard horror lover like myself, but when you finally find one of these made on a shoestring, shot in their backyard indie movies that is good, it makes it all worthwhile. If you're looking for a lot of zombie mayhem, you won't find it here. This is a character driven movie, focusing on the relationship of a couple of guys who were just friendly acquaintances before the outbreak but now have to deal with being stuck with each other every day of their lives as well as with the flesh hungry living dead.

It's something most of those other indie horror movie makers probably don't have the writing chops to pull off, so they give us Romero imitations with weak special affects. When there is violence, it tends to happen off camera. I'm guessing Gardner and his crew would have liked to include a little more action, but just didn't have the special affects budget to show you zombies getting their skulls crushed in convincingly. Personally I didn't miss it too much. There are plenty of horror films in which you can get your fill of that kind of thing. It's much rarer to find one that is this smart and well made. It's not just the writing that's a cut above what I've come to expect from these kinds of movies, but the cinematography, the acting, the make up (keep in mind this thing obviously had a very low budget). A lot of it was shot with a handheld, but they wisely resist the temptation to try to impress us with a lot of those Saving Private Ryan-esque shaky cam shots.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
This movie blew me away. Not with its special effects, or its world with tons of backstory, because those details are light at best in this movie. No this movie is about two guys who could actually exist. Two guys that have been driven to two completely opposite ends of coping with a world that is no longer what they have grown up to expect. Mickey and Ben were like any of my friends, and all of them, I cared about them, and you will too if you invest in the time to watch this movie. For being made for 6 thousand dollars, this is by far the best zombie movie I have seen. Awesome stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
Even knowing going into this movie that it was not going to be an over-the-top zombie-fest, this buddy flick still didn't deliver as I was hoping for. I knew it was going to be a slower paced film, focused primarily on the relationship between the two main characters. I can totally dig a movie like that, have before and will again I'm sure. But The Battery just didn't deliver. Even though these two characters are totally different in every way that leads to conflict and arguments throughout the film, both were completely unlikeable. Neither of the characters were sympathetic, and I spent most of the film just wishing a zombie would finally show up and eat both of their brains classic Romero-style. I think this movie would have benefited big-time with some comedy. It did try to be funny at times, but it didn't suit my tastes, it was too subtle and tame. I will say The Battery did pick up towards the end of the film, which somewhat raised my spirits, but it took the first eighty-percent of the movie to get there. Obviously this movie is more a drama than a horror movie, and I can appreciate that, but to me The Battery was a drawn-out, boring, tour of the country-side by two jerks with an occasional zombie. That's it. 2/5.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
This movie is great. I believe it had a budget of $6,000 but you wouldn't guess it. This movie is complete proof that a good story and good acting make a movie, NOT hundreds of millions of dollars in CGI/marketing. I will recommend this movie to all of my friends. It does start out slow, DO NOT give up on it. It gets much much better as it goes along. The first third of the movie is introducing the characters and their personalities, the second third is about them continuing their survival, and the final third of the movie is just unbelievably amazing. I won't spoil it. I can see now why it received rave reviews at various movie festivals. If you are a fan of the zombie genre, you need to watch this movie PERIOD
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2014
Let me start by saying to all the people that gave this a 1-2 star rating WAKE UP! the zombie genre has been done to DEATH , so when an fresh new attempt at it comes across to others and they like it just means we have no blinders on our eyes .Take Pontypool.This movie about zombies on a language point of view was brilliant and intense , same goes for this movie low budget and just brilliant in its motivations of doing the hole zombie thing but making it their own take on it . Zombie genre / behind the camera genre they have been done to death but there are next levels of fun to these genres . thanks for reading ..Enjoy .😊
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A minor league pitcher and catcher (a battery) mosey across rural New England during a zombie apocalypse we know nothing about. Benjamin (Jeremy Gardner) is the dominate catcher and Mickey (Adam Cronheim) is the wimp pitcher. You would think they would get along better, but they don't. Mickey is hoping things will return to normal as he keeps his winning scratch-off ticket. Benjamin wants to move on and adapt.

The film is "The Road" boring. There is a scene 35 minutes into the film, I admit I haven't seen in a zombie film and hopefully won't see again. The film is more about character relations with zombies as a distraction. Yawn.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Nudity (Jeremy Gardner) Walmart $9.96
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2015
I have watched a lot of bad zombie movies over the years, and I heard lots of things about this one online and I was hoping this would be a diamond in the rough. Oh god was I in for a disappointment.

Right away as soon as you hit play on your remote, you know you made a mistake. We have a guy just sitting outside listening to music and changing the batteries in his CD player for like 3 minutes. Later throughout the movie we have this same guy, Mickey, listening to music over and over because it seems the writer was too lazy to write actual dialogue and instead just through some music in. Ben on the other hand was a character I kinda liked and is the only reason I'm giving this movie 2 stars instead of 1. This guy was telling Mickey that by sticking his headphones on, he was putting his life in danger because he can't hear the zombies sneaking up on him. Also he points out the obvious, that Mickey can't keep hiding from these zombies forever, eventually he has to fight.

Actually now that I sit and write this review, I realize what the problem of this movie is, it's Mickey himself. If Mickey wasn't there, Ben would have never been shot, Annie would have never been forced to shoot him, Annie also would never be in danger of being banished from her settlement, and this other guy who tried to carjack them probably would still be alive. Mickey just refuses to accept that the world has changed, that he has to kill in order to stay alive, that sleeping in a house with no clear escape route is dangerous.

So at one point Mickey is all sad and butthurt because Annie doesn't want to talk to him on the radio, so of course we get a frolicking montage where Mickey and Ben bro down in an apple orchard of all places. Also while I'm sitting here writing this, I realize that every place they go to seems to be either abandoned or in the middle of nowhere. Probably because they had no budget to shoot this film at any actual location where there were other people.

The worse part of the movie is where for like 10 minutes, Ben is sitting in a car doing nothing. He is in there farting around, tossing a ball against the wheel well of the car, rummaging through a bag, looking around, and just shifting in his seat. Yeah, that's what you wanted to see after you dropped 20 bucks for this Blu-ray isn't it? Some guy just sitting in a car killing time with no dialogue for 10 minutes, right?

If the makers of this movie could make a sequel where it's just Ben going around doing things, I would give that 5 stars because his character is actually interesting. However when you team him up with the whiny, wimpy, emo cry-baby that is Mickey, I could really care less about the movie.

If you want a good zombie, save your money and watch something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2014
My favorite. I first saw this movie a couple years ago, and I have watched it 5 times since. Awesome acting and story. The ending blows my mind every time.
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on May 6, 2015
Allegedly made for $6,000, this is a superior film than many movies made for $6,000,000 or even $60,000,000 for that matter. I'm not a huge fan of the zombie apocalypse genre, but I found this film captured the humor, humanity, and ennui of what a zombie post-apocalypse would be like. I also am not crazy about films that over-use music, but the music in this one is very well-chosen and well placed in the narrative. The juxtaposition of the wholesome simplicity of baseball with the harshness of a postapocalyptic world was clever, the acting was strong (especially the naturalness of Ben), and there is one sexual scene that is very memorable and hilarious. I would've liked a more ambiguous ending, but overall I really enjoyed this film. Rather than focus on special effects or a sci-fi postap backstory, this is a good, simple film about being human. It shows that true talent shines through regardless of budget (and this film didn't look or feel low budget for the most part), and that indy filmmaking is sometimes some of the most alive, vibrant, and moving storytelling there is. Thumbs up.
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