There are so many different ways to tackle a film, and when it is one that is as tired as the zombie film you need every tool in your box to freshen up the genre. The Battery is an indie darling that stays true to its genre brain-munching roots for a great look at the dynamic between two guys trying to survive the end of the world.
Two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the back roads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other’s personalities. Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted.
A film with a very indie feel and shot for a paltry $6000, The Battery takes a subtle twist on the zombie tale and makes for an excellent character drama. It’s less about the undead and much more about the experiences of these men. Shot in upstate Connecticut, writer/director Jeremy Gardner keeps us on edge by keeping us isolated following these guys as they continue on without any real direction.
The Battery is a stunning and tension filled story that relies on quality writing and storytelling more so than blood and guts to make it an effective film.
Rating: ****1/2 (out of 5 stars)