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 Ever since I’ve watched “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)” this movie has been on my radar. Ana Lily Amirpour is clearly one of the most interesting new directors out there and her next projects should be anticipated. I’m glad to see big name actors like Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey in her movie, they play their parts brilliantly and will pull a bigger audience. Suki Waterhouse and Jason Mamoa are the main characters and keep you interested the whole way through, but the star of the show is director Ana Lily Amirpour. Her visuals and world creating are definitely the biggest pull of the movie.
This movie will probably be watched by the wrong audiences, because of famous actors in it. It’s a visual art movie which can be enjoyed by anyone, but is definitely not mainstream. A lot of reviews I see about the movie being to slow are clearly that mainstream voice. It’s kind of funny that the people who love “slow” artsy movies have to get through the gory cannibalism and murder scenes. You can see how that can split audiences.
The style reminds me of Quentin Tarantino in the sense that the art-house and exploitation genre are combined a little. The big difference between Ana Lily Amirpour and Tarantino is that Tarantino can catch that mainstream audience as well. If I knew more about why movies are successful I could tell you why, but I can’t help but feel that it has something to do with the fact that this movie has a female director. At least fans of good movies will make this a cult movie, but I really think it deserves more.who’s standing next to you.