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The Battery 2013 NR CC

A true road movie set against a world ravaged by the living dead.

Starring:
Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Drama, Adventure, Horror
Director Jeremy Gardner
Starring Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim
Supporting actors Niels Bolle, Alana O'Brien, Jamie Pantanella, Larry Fessenden, Kelly McQuade, Eric Simon, Ben Pryzby, Sarah Allen, Nichole Kinnett, Lyles Williams IV, Olivia Bonilla, Elise Stella, Matt Bacco
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Jacob Gustafson on June 4, 2013
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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.
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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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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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I have to admit that the first time I watched The Battery I turned it off after twenty minutes or so; there seemed to be a cast of two and nothing going on. A few months later I tried it again and this time I liked it. The difference was understanding what it was trying to do. I had been conditioned to expect larger casts and many more zombies from the usual commercial films. This is an indie take on zombie films whose focus is on the relationship between the two principal characters and not on zombies or action. Once you are prepared for a small budget and a different focus the film works.

Ben and Mickey were teammates on a baseball team before the zombie thing happened. Ben was a catcher and Mickey was a pitcher and in baseball this pair is called "the battery" hence the title; I had originally thought perhaps the title was about electric batteries as you don't know about the baseball angle (even though Ben is holding a bat it could just be a weapon against zombies. These two are a pair of opposites, almost a Laurel and Hardy type pair. Ben is an alpha-male type, aggressive, loud and practically enjoying the rough life they're living. Mickey is an introvert who seems to want to spend most of his time listening to music on headphones and tuning the apocalyptic world out. Ben does all the hunting, planning and zombie killing while Mickey years to find a place to settle down and is too afraid of zombies to kill them. Ben needs Mickey for company; Mickey needs Ben to survive.

Together they roam the backwoods of Connecticut, looking for food, supplies and temporary shelter., Ben feels their survival chances are better if they keep moving. The rural setting is a natural for a small budget film as you don't have to create scenes of urban destruction.
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