Director: Jeremy Gardner
Writer: Jeremy Gardner
Starring: Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Bolle
Review By: Griff
What’s this? Yet another zombie flick? Haven’t we had a enough already? It’s probably true but don’t dismiss The Battery before you give it a try. This is an interesting character driven movie that is surprisingly impressive in a see of sameness.
Lets just start right off by saying that if you are expecting a run of the mill intense gore fest with guts all over the place, you are going to be disappointed. The Battery is a buddy road movie with zombies as a background element.
The story revolves around two minor league baseball players who find themselves drawn together after a zombie outbreak. The two men travel around New England scourging for food and shelter and trying to stay out of the way of the biters. Both men have very different personalities. Ben (Jeremey Gardner) is a former catcher and seems to have acclimated to his new environment well. He is a survivor and is willing to do whatever it takes to get by. Mickey (Adam Cronheim) however, is still clinging to his old way of life. He refuses to kill zombies, pines after his ex-girlfriends and mopes around listening to his headphones.
Despite their differences the two men mange to get along pretty well and hiding out in the woods of New England seems to be working out pretty well. One day Adam locates a couple of walkie talkies and while testing them, he hears a conversation between two people on the radio. This is the first human contact they have had and Adam becomes convinced they have to find these people. He is tired of his life on the road and wants to try and regain some normalcy. Ben is resistant, he is content with the way things are going doesn’t trust the motives of the people on the other end of the line.
This is not a zombie flick for everyone. The pacing can be slow and tedious at times and there are the usual gaps of logic but it was an enjoyable watch. Picture a zombie movie for the art house crowd and you get the idea.
The two leads are great especially Jeremy Gardner who also wrote and directed the film. There are only a few other characters that they even interact with over the course of the 101 minute runtime and the two of them do a nice job of keeping things interesting.
I can see this movie frustrating some viewers with it’s slow pace and character driven plot. This is pretty far from the usual zombie fare but if you are in the mood for something a little different I recommend giving The Battery a try. It gets 2 guys from me.