The Battery

The Battery

Two young men are wandering aimlessly through New England’s empty wasteland, none of them particularly satisfied with life – partly because their involuntary wilderness trip is triggered by some sort of ongoing zombie apocalypse, but also because they are stuck in each other’s company. The bearded and bat-armed Ben is perhaps slightly more content than his companion, as their new The Road-styled existence has given him an outlet for his inner caveman, while Mickey shuts the new world out with the headphones of the Discman that gives the film its lovely indie soundtrack.

With beautiful cinematography, witty humor and a unique art-house approach, The Battery stands out from the horde of zombie films. Despite the undeniable presence of the undead, the focus is always on the living in Jeremy Gardner’s excellent low-budget debut film, where zombies are mainly used as a catalyst to examine a relationship born out of necessity rather than friendship between a pitcher and catcher, a duo which baseball-lingo calls – The Battery.

Text: Jakob Åsell

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