The Battery 2014

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(33) 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

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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)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Haddow VINE VOICE on 14 July 2014
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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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3 of 3 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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7 of 8 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Macdonald on 2 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
A very low-budget movie (only $6,000) filled with ingenious ideas and some really good laughs. If you hate low budget for whatever reason this might not be for you, but you'll be missing one of the best Zombie films in years.
Just don't expect high spectacle, and be aware that these are old-school style zombies that move slow and it's no gore-fest, then you should enjoy. Highly recommended.

If you want special features you'll have to buy either the German or the U.S Blu-ray. The U.S Blu will have a commentary and a 90 minute making-of when it's released in October.
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Format: DVD
Best original zombie film since Pontypool thanks to the film deviating from the tired and tedious path that this genre has lost itself in. Great character work and definition founded on the premise of this is what the zombie apocalypse would be like after the chaos has died down, a lot of common ground with the walking dead. Well... if the walking dead was more stripped back, darkly funny and its use of diegetic music is actually good rather than hyper maudlin.

A fantastically subdued film is the battery, while it has issues they don't really hurt the film. One is the budget which diminishes the true feeling that this is the end of the world - a little too pristine. Two is the cinematography. Often the camera refuses to show the other side of the fence and the use of lighting is a little over saturated. Could have done with being a few frames shorter too, that ending would have benefitted from ambiguity immensely. The exact same problem found in dawn of the dead 2004's over embellished credits sting.

Fantastic zombie drama and the best film from this over populated genre since the 1/2 punch of Pontypool and Juan of the Dead.
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