The Battery 2014

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(26) IMDb 6.5/10
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Labelled one of the greatest zombie films in years, The Battery follows two former baseball players as they navigate their way across the back streets of a zombie ravaged New England.

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

Available in HD on supported devices

The Battery

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Horror
Director Jeremy Gardner
Starring Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim
Supporting actors Niels Bolle
Studio METRODOME
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Dennett on 24 July 2014
Format: DVD
So, I just came across this on amazon instant video. When the first line of the description reads, "Labeled one of the greatest zombie films in years" you kinda get your hopes up.
I had a look at the reviews here to get an idea of general opinion and consequently decided to give it a go, and boy, am I glad I did.
Dawn of the Dead still occupies top ranking for me, as far as zombie films go. And whilst that film has plenty of thrills and (gut) spills, it was the humanity explored that made it stand out above the gore fests that followed. The Battery takes that and goes further, having the guts to dwell more on humanity, with a ridiculously small amount of characters. Even the zombie horde in this film is barely enough to surround a car.
Yes, it's low budget, though the end result defies quite how low budget (check the credits to see just how few people were involved and the basic gear used). Yes, it's short on action or violence, or even zombies for that matter, but it's this that gives it the originality missing from many films these days, but certainly zombie films.
Does this even qualify as a zombie film? It eschews so many devices typical of many zombie films. Does tagging it as such do it an injustice? Who knows? Who cares? This film is just good. Bloody good. And yet, not really bloody.
If you want an original story, told with style by people who obviously care about telling a good story well, then this is for sure worth a look. If your a zombie film fan, looking for an original take on the genre, then this is a must.
"Labelled one of the greatest zombie films in years"? You know, I think it might be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Haddow VINE VOICE on 14 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Great to see this getting a wider audience but walk in with the right expectations. This is a micro budget film that works because of the chemistry and dialogue between the two leads. They are two baseball players from the same team who have ended up together after a zombie apocalypse. They move from place to place looking for survivors and supplies. I really liked this - but I found it by accident and it was one of those movies I could easily have switched off in the first ten minutes, especially given the low budget feel. But once the two main characters established themselves I began to get interested and was able to overlook budget restraints - by the end genuinely impressed by how much they'd been able to make me care what happened. Had it been presented on amazon as a new release zombie movie, I might have been very disappointed and I'm sure there will be a good handful of one star 'don't waste your time' reviews. I have a feeling that Jeremy Gardner especially will go on to do something better soon. Great soundtrack too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Stacey on 21 July 2014
Format: DVD
The Battery is similar to Fight Club in it's view of the male as a victim of modern society. Two baseball players are the survivors of a zombie apocalypse, journeying across the country (not unlike On The Road), trying to escape from and justify their fate. Ben accepts his situation and revels in the bloody violence of a world destroyed, ticking off how many zombies he's dispatched. Meanwhile, Mickey clings to the past, seeking his ex-girlfriend and hiding in the solace of the music on his headphones.
Through their dialogue we discover that they have escaped a house in New England where they were trapped for three months. The undead lay siege whilst they resorted to eating dog food and, finally, (man's best friend) the dog.
Ben is determined and bitter, whilst Mickey refuses to kill the undead, trying to recapture the emotion and sexuality he has lost. The men start to become distant to the point were Ben goes as far as unleashing one of the monsters into Mickey's room in an attempt to make him face the situation. Everything changes when Mickey intercepts a CB message from a woman called Annie and becomes obsessed with finding her. When they finally start to make contact things don't go quite as Mickey had hoped...
The film is well produced for a low-budget project and engages the viewer in a realistic interpretation of the end of the world. It's story is typically apocalyptic but captures something stronger as a tale of masculinity and the strengths and weaknesses of being a man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChubbyGirl92 on 7 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!
This film is done beautifully and is one of my favourite low budget zombie films along side 'Colin'. The zombie genre is starting to get a little tiresom, it's always the same thing. This is a refreshing film about two friends trying to survive a zombie invasion, the relationship between the two of them, and the loneliness of being isolated. Yes, there aren't many zombie scenes in it but that's because it's focusing more on the survival. Such a brilliant film and not enough recognition! Highly recommend but just remember, it's not your typical 'zombie popping out of every corner' film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BetsyG on 5 Aug 2014
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A wonderful film that has everything but a big budget, and thank goodness for that. Every ounce of this film, its script, acting, production, every shot, every piece of dialogue, sings with imagination. Beautiful and subtle, a zombie film for the intelligent grown-up if you can believe such a thing could exist.
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