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he Bad Batch is a 2016 American romantic black comedy horror-thriller film directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour.

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For around 45 minutes to an hour, this is a sensational post-apocalyptic film. It propels its heroine, and by extension the audience, headfirst into a desert wasteland George Miller and Rob Zombie might conceive if placed in the same room for a day. Long portions of the first act feature minimal or no dialogue, and dynamic visual storytelling is used to establish this world of cannibals and outlaws in excruciating, exhilarating, excrement-coated, sun-scorched detail. It hurts, and it is a blast, and it feels bold and creative even if one recognizes other properties from which it borrows. Suki Waterhouse is a fetching lead; Jason Momoa is instantly imposing and striking as a heavily tattooed muscleman (a grandeur slightly reduced once he opens his mouth and unleashes a peculiar, arbitrary "Cuban" accent); and a nearly unrecognizable Jim Carrey has a brief-but-fascinating role as a mute, benevolent recluse. The film unfortunately loses considerable steam in its overlong second hour. It does not become bad in any way, but it is clear more imagination and craft was devoted to imagining this perverse scrapyard milieu than writing a particularly gripping story to set within its cruel, sandy confines. There is the antagonistic presence of Keanu Reeves as a mustachioed Lothario who woos adherents with drugs, music, and functional plumbing, but, despite the A-list casting, he never registers as particularly menacing or enigmatic...just super sleazy. And the film ends with a bit of a shrug, particularly compared to the bang with which it begins.

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Two more observations:

1. Awesome soundtrack. Loved hearing the underrated British band White Lies at the end.

2. Since I am fond of him, I wish Diego Luna had an extra minute or two of screen time. Every other recognizable player, even Giovanni Ribisi, is at least given a bit of a scenery to devour. The role of the DJ is truly...just there, barely.

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So I just wrote a whole review, then lost it because the thread was just deleted. Bugger.


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That sucks and sorry about that...it was some sucky timing...as it was still empty when I deleted it, because this one already existed...


Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:17 am
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'The Bad Batch' and 'Bad Batch' didn't come up in a search for some reason. Nevermind the apology, hardly like it was anyone's fault, lol. I'll write something again when I can be bothered.


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In a nutshell, it's fucking awesome.


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I remember really disliking this film. I can't even specifically remember why because it was such a long time ago that I watched it, but I kind of remember most of it being really boring.


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And here I was thinking Dill was a fellow aficionado. There is no fucking way this film is boring, whichever way you try to scratch it. Certainly not without the specifics of why: the spaced-out desolation it begins with is fundamental to the post-apocalyptic Grindhouse style, so either you don't recognise the parallels or just don't like the genre---but when the genre nails and exceeds each and every filmmaking element, the issue's more likely in your own personal taste. You're usually more insightful than, "I can't remember it but it was really boring", haha. Why would you even post that?

This has hands down one of the best cameos ever put to film, only it was potentially ruined by its own marketing. If you can manage to watch it without seeing the full cast list, highly recommend doing so, because the cameo's done so well you're laughing before you realise who you're looking at. The whole cast is surprisingly deep: Mamao is unusually - and thankfully - grounded, and Giovani Ribisi manages a more convincing crazy guy than Brad Pitt did in 12 Monkeys. Only one slight problem in Suki Waterhouse, how distractingly hot she is.

The plot begins in a similar vein to The Hills Have Eyes and House of 1000 Corpses - more so the former - and gradually genre bends into a black satire by working against audience intuitions wherever possible. It's too clean and well-made to just be a straight Grindhouse homage, and there's genuine dramatic intrigue to Mamoa and Waterhouse's character arcs. What's refreshing is the complicated nature of its players in a genre that's classically one-dimensional: practically everyone goes against their own grain, in one way or another. Is Mamoa a psychopathic cannibal...or just a protective dad with a diabolical protein source?

Avoided watching this for ages because from the poster it looked like Netflix was aiming for the Tobe Hooper/fem survival crowd, but it's classier and weirder and much funnier than you might expect. Probably closer to Mad Max's tone sans the violence, only it's slower-paced and more playful, with just enough cleverness and romanticism to elevate it above the bleakness of setting. Overall, excellent movie. Ana Lily Amirpour is a director to watch out for.

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I really need to watch this. I've come to like Suki Waterhouse lately after Assassination Nation and New Year, New You.

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She's fantastic in this, especially given how few limbs she has left after the opening act.


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It's a pretty cool movie, from Waterhouse's stunning looks, Ribisi and Momoa's eccentric characters, and dystopian plot of a free for all prison in the desert. I wish the story was more interesting though, we're given hardly any backstory and little point is made about what life means for anyone "on the inside". And characters played by Keanu and Jim Carrey are underutilized, more there for their name than a place in the story. But there's plenty of good stuff, the world building is pretty great, a desolated desert, means of how people move around and what they eat are results of a impressive art direction. The film has a great sound track too, definitely one of the best scores of 2017 and Waterhouse is just fascinating to watch in dealing with her situation. It could have been more purposeful but it's very enjoyable to watch nonetheless.

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