What makes the horror genre so great, is the creativeness that comes when a fan makes the jump into filmmaking.
Low budget greats like George Romero and Sam Raimi are a couple individuals who come to mind when I think “low budget success story.” Now, with The Battery, I would say without any uncertainty, writer/ director and co-star of the film Jeremy Garder is well on his way to being another one of the greats!
It is unimaginable in today’s massive production budget age that a film with a mere $6,000 budget would even remotely grasp any attention at all, let alone be a stand-out in today’s world. I would have to say this is now one of my favorite zombie films of all time. Not so much because of the blood and guts but because it is an overall great movie.
The dialogue between the two main characters – Mickey, played by Adam Cronheim and Ben played by Jeremy Garder – is fantastic and is really the key to the success of the entire story. The story itself isn’t really that much of a stand-out as it is a typical post-apocalyptic scenario, in which two former minor league baseball players are on the constant run to avoid being affected by the change in the new world.
Most of the first half of the movie is focused on the day to day life of a couple of people on the run and trying to cope with the ever-boring change in the new world. Some of the shots could be considered mundane, but they are deliberate to show the viewer a glimpse of what we take for granted on a daily basis.
The two couldn’t be more different from each other, as they were only acquainted through the baseball team. Ben has embraced the zombie laden world, where as Mickey is in almost denial, even refusing to call the walking dead zombies.
Mickey keeps himself over occupied by trying to maintain a life in a society that no longer exists. He still puts gel in his hair, maintains a goatee and consistently uses a Discman and headphones as his escape.
Ben on the other hand, bears a strong resemblance to Grizzly Adams. He is about as unkempt as can be and spends most of his time eradicating every zombie that they encounter.
Growing increasingly frustrated that Mickey always has the headphones on, Ben tells him that they are going to get them both killed and he better wake up to the new world. After they find a couple walkie talkies, Ben and Mickey start playing around with them and pick up a conversation between two people on the same channel. Mickey jumps at the chance to communicate, seeing as the two haven’t been in contact with anyone outside themselves for 3 months.
The two are soon warned by the people on the radio to not try to find them, or else. Confused by this, Mickey tries to convince them that he and Ben are good people but they reaffirm the warning to not try to find them and switch to another frequency. As the two continue on, Mickey cannot let go his conversation and both ends up in quite a sticky situation as a result.
This movie is a must see! I am still amazed at the quality of film this is considering it only cost a measly $6,000 to make. Jeremy Garder must have a masterful mind to be able to pull of such a feat! I wish him well in the film business and expect more to come from him!
I wish there were more movies like this out there and I hope The Battery should be an inspiration to any film maker that you don’t need a Hollywood mega budget to make a good movie. I found The Battery whimsically on iTunes and I also read that it is on demand through Comcast. I highly recommend this movie and urge everyone to support this talented up and coming writer/director!
It is rated R due to some zombie violence and language content.
I give it 9 out of 10