The Battery (2014)
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Critic Reviews for The Battery
Taken as a two-person character study/reluctant buddy movie/legitimately novel slant on a very oft-told tale, there's certainly a lot to like here.
An engaging and thoughtful work of horror, one that admirably puts carnage in the back seat so that something more emotional/humane can do the driving.
Gardner puts the monsters in the background while he concentrates on the growing difficulties between the two friends.
Audience Reviews for The Battery
I'm not against low budget films, in fact some of my favourite films were made on little funding (Clerks, Blair Witch Project, Friday the 13th to name a few), and with a small budget Jeremy Gardner funded, wrote, directed and acted in this indie flick about two friends stuck together after the zombie apocalypse. The story has a quick introduction, two buddies on the same beer league baseball team, join together wandering the around in the New England wilderness, trying to avoid zombies, and generally moving around a lot. Mickey and Ben (pitcher and catcher respectively) banter and bicker a lot, and slowly but surely get on each others nerves. Both characters are together, but very separate at the same time and it's a nice dynamic that most of us can relate to. The film progresses nicely and events unfold through a rather predictable story line. Of course you can expect a lot of screen time from the baseball duo, but it's easy to listen to them talk back and forth with some pretty decent and relevant dialogue. The movie never loses its pace, and slowly builds up to a gut wrenching series of events by the end of the film. The story is well crafted, and simplistic in its way. I really enjoyed the soundtrack as well. It lends a lot to the kind of meandering pace of the film and is a smart little plot device as well, as Mickey rarely goes out without his headphones on. It's a technically sound film, with no silly effects, and really is a nice walk through the countryside... with zombies. There are a few scenes that were pretty difficult to watch, but overall it's a well acted movie with a very limited cast. I would recommend surely it, but don't expect a horror fest with bunch of bloody deaths. It's a character film after all, and some might find it a bit boring. 2.5/5
What makes this independent zombie flick stand out from any others. Firstly it features proper Romero zombies instead of the tedious sprinters that seem to be in the same category. Secondly they is little focus on constant violence and instead focuses on the development of Ben and Mickey. Both Gardner and Croheim superbly create very contrasting characters as the former loves the freedom in this new world whilst the latter wants life back the way it was. Occasionally intense and funny, The Battery has been one of the better zombie movies to come about in recent years.
This drama-horror-comedy is a directorial debut of Jeremy Gardner. The film stars Gardner and co-producer Adam Cronheim as two former baseball players trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. I can see faces griming but this was recommended to me by a RT friend who mentioned that the film has won audience awards at several international film festivals. The story was just a background for a friendship relationship exploration. Post-apocalyptic events are showing us a zombie takeover of the entire New England area, where two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), travel the back-roads of Connecticut with no destination in mind. We will find out later that they were trapped in a house in Massachusetts, along with Mickey's family, for three months. Mickey's father, mother and brother were killed before they figured out how to escape. Since then, Ben opposes sleeping indoors and the two have had many arguments regarding the matter. While Ben quickly adapts to the "hunter-gatherer" and constantly on the road lifestyle, Mickey is the opposite, and yearning for a "normal" life. He refuses to kill zombies and learn to fish, and finds a safe haven listening to his CD player with headphones on, wasting batteries and distracting himself from his surroundings... There were very interesting scenes in this movie, and Gardner is definitely a talented director, but the facts that the film costs were $6,000 to make and that was shot in 15 days in Connecticut, were obvious. The scenes were not planned in advance, and director Jeremy Gardner described it as "very seat-of-the pants", thinking that is probably "cool", but I do not think so. The movie gave me a feeling of a short film (about 30 minutes) extended to a feature film... I could not believe the scenes in the car at the end... same things going over and over and over... annoying and useless! If you like watching middle aged man masturbating looking at zombie tits, long annoying claustrophobic situations with a screenplay which obviously had only suggestions, not the actual text with lines packaged in a cheap box with ribbon, but with tasty directing, solid editing and average camera work, and some acting which could pass as adorable - check it out... or it is perfect for people who just want to see something different!
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