THE BAD BATCH follows Arlen (Waterhouse) after she's left in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilization. While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals led by the mysterious Miami Man (Momoa). With her life on the line, she makes her way to The Dream (Reeves). As she adjusts to life in 'the bad batch' Arlen discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who's standing next to you.
Most of the extras hired were from Slab City, the same California community Chris McCandless visits in Into The Wild (2007). Most of the "Slabbers" came as is, not needing costumes or make-up. See more »
In the dump scene, just after Arlen approaches Honey and Maria, Honey's gloves vanish between shots, and then reappear. On a close up of Maria, Honey can be seen in the background with her gloves off (where she previously had gloves on), and in the next shot she is wearing them again. See more »
What are you doing right now? Do you wanna hang out or something?
You are very confused, no?
What you think I am, gringa?
What if all these things that happened to us happened to us so the next things that gonna happen to us can happen to us?
You brought back my kid. You done now. You can go. Go back to Comfort.
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Writer-Director Ana Lily Amirpour's 'The Bad Batch' is quite a ride! Trippy & Original, this romantic black comedy horror-thriller flick, is intentionally slow-paced & has very less dialogue to speak of, and while its never compelling enough to be called a must see, it still has its own strange mood that is appealing for the most part.
'The Bad Batch' Synopsis: A love story set in a community of cannibals in a Future Dystopia. In a desert wasteland in Texas, a muscled cannibal breaks one important rule: don't play with your food.
'The Bad Batch' is a story on survival at the end of nowhere. The world here is shown as broken, deserted & horrifically violent. Its a world where cannibalism rules, its a world where people are near danger at all times & survival is their first priority. Its all dry, dusted & dirty!
Ana Lily Amirpour's Screenplay is comfortably slow-paced & delivers a story that will only cater to a niche audience. The mood & the atmosphere of this story, is certainly not meant for all. I, however, found myself interested in this story for a good part of it. And while the film is overlong at nearly 2 hours, the narrative never gets unbearable. Its thoroughly watchable & extremely well-shot. Ana Lily Amirpour's Direction deserves brownie points. She has Directed the film with a vision of her own & remains true to the subject matter all through.
Lyle Vincent's Cinematography is excellent & captures the cannibalistic world, most effectively. Alex O'Flinn's Editing needed to be sharper. Though crisp in parts, the film needed to be trimmed by at least 15-minutes. Art & Costume Design are brilliantly done. And 'The Bad Batch' features a killer soundtrack, featuring some smashing tracks from the yesteryear's.
Performance-Wise: Suki Waterhouse is superb in a star-making performance. As the protagonist with a lost hand, Waterhouse is sexy & arresting in her portrayal. Jason Momoa uses his buffed up body to do most of the talking. Keanu Reeves as the Dream, a manipulative cult-leader, is at his relaxed best. Jim Carrey as the mute & lanky Hermit is outstanding. Giovanni Ribisi as the mentally damaged Bobby, leaves a strong impression.
On the whole, 'The Bad Batch' isn't bad nor is it great. Its somewhere between good to above-average.
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