BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

By Brendan Lee Imperial Friday, February 16th, 2018 VANCOUVER – Reaching peak velocity on the end of their first Canadian…

,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Dan Starlings experimental film The Chorus provides a fresh takehellip
  • BeatRoute has a weekly podcast on saveonradio every Monday fromhellip
  • Noble Oak is taking the Rhodes less travelled Check outhellip
  • Already backed by a considerable YouTube following for her ukelelehellip
  • Welsh pop punk outfit Neck Deep are playing at voguetheatrehellip
  • ExOzzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wyldehellip
  • devhynes is one of the many incredible headliners set tohellip
  • Rise  Shine Music Seminar is an event to showcasehellip
  • entershikari are bona fide masters of versatility with a genreblendinghellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

The Bad Batch A deflated, Almost-Interesting Stab At The Post-Apocalypse

Monday 10th, July 2017 / 18:01
By Maxwell Asper

VANCOUVER – The Bad Batch is nascent director Ana Lily Amirpour’s second attempt at directing a full-length feature film, building on 2014’s critically praised, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. In Amirpour’s second outing, she successfully creates intrigue around an interesting dystopian plot, but The Bad Batch ultimately fails to follow through with delivering anything more tangible or substantial. The drama-thriller follows Arlen, a twenty-something wandering though a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Throughout her journey, our protagonist battles with cannibals, cults and her own ideals of what makes someone ‘bad.’ Hollywood up-and-comer Suki Waterhouse leads as Arlen, with Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, and Jim Carrey turning in interesting performances of their own.

At the outset of the film, there is brief dialogue exchanged that suggests Arlen is a criminal, and as punishment, has become part of “the Bad Batch.” Members of the Bad Batch are tattooed with the letters ‘BB,’ followed by a unique number before being banished to the wastelands that exist outside some sort of more organized society. As the story illustrates, certain factions have manifested themselves within the wastelands—of them, audiences are introduced to an organized colony of cannibals and a drug-fueled rave cult. Arlen encounters the former at the outset of the movie in what is quite a gory, brutal moment, escaping only after losing a couple limbs. With this scene, the film sets up to be quite the thriller but, unfortunately, fails to ever really reach the same level of intensity again. This seems to be a symptom of the movie’s overall issue of straddling too many genres, failing to delve into any of them in a substantial way. There is some decent action and some decent emotional beats, but overall the movie makes for a pretty anticlimactic story.

Waterhouse turns in an inspired performance, hobbling through the movie on a mechanical leg, looking eternally lost in a real life hell. The young actress meshes well with Jason Momoa on screen, who also turns in a solid performance playing a forever-shirtless ex-gangster-turned-cannibal with a heart of gold attempting to rescue his daughter.

Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey seem to have been miscast in their roles, but neither are the biggest problems on screen. The former sports an interesting look and Elvis-like demeanor, but bores with lifeless diction confused for intensity, and the latter is a mostly failed attempt to inject humor into an otherwise somber film. Reeves and Carrey both seem like unnecessary casting decisions.

Perhaps the film’s best aspect is its trippy post-apocalyptic visuals, wardrobe and set pieces, which all blend nicely to create an electro-punk wasteland. Although definitely borrowing some style tips from Mad Max, the movie succeeds in creating an original atmosphere. Using music from electronic duo Darkside to score such a landscape is a decision that pays offs for Amirpour.

The Bad Batch delivers when it comes to providing an original take on the trendy post-apocalyptic genre, but the film’s plot is bland and the movie opens with its greatest trick. It might have been a better viewing experience had it not climaxed in the first scene, leaving the rest of the movie to try and fail to live up to the its own expectations, and while Momoa and Waterhouse turn in decent performances, the film’s acting isn’t anything to get too excited for. The movie has some action, and some emotional depth, but don’t be too disappointed if you miss this batch of film.

The Bad Batch is in theaters now.

, , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Ad

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Cartel Madras is playing the first ever hiphop set tohellip
  • February 2018 issue out now  This month features Amythysthellip
  • What we want to create is the notion that yourehellip
  • Sup? Feel like going to a party? Heard there willhellip
  • Record review On songs like the opener Doghead brittle guitarhellip
  • NorthernCree are the worlds premier powwow round dance drum andhellip
  • I Am The Mountain are set to release something soulfulhellip
  • This is just the first wave people Over 200 morehellip
  • Video premiere alert! Erin Kay debuts Holding You Tonight exclusivelyhellip
Ad
Ad