The zombie genre has exploded over the past few years. That may have started as far back as 2002 with 28 Days Later or 2004 with the excellent remake of Dawn of the Dead. But it really took off in 2010 with the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Since that record breaking show hit the television airwaves zombies have been the coolest thing since vampires and you can almost find a new zombie movie every week on store shelves. But once in a while we get a unique take on the genre that should be held up and noticed. One such film is The Battery.
Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim) were baseball players. That is before the zombies took over. Now they travel together across a deserted New England and just try to survive the day to day monotony of life in the apocalypse. Ben approached the end times in an animalistic, primitive way while Mickey has trouble coping with what the world has become. But when they come across a transmission that there may be a safe haven with other survivors, they must put everything on the line to get there and find a chance at a stable life again.
The Battery is a very unique zombie film in that it totally focusses on the relationship between the two men as they struggle to survive the harsh realities of life in a new and less appealing world. Gardner and Cronheim are both excellent in the roles of Ben and Mickey bringing an honest and gritty realism to their performances that is often absent in many genre films. Gardner is also the man behind the camera and crafts a film that really gives the viewer the sensation of being a witness to the proceedings, actually being there with the two men as a silent partner. The resulting effect is engrossing and fascinating.
For a fresh twist on the genre and a great buddy movie to boot, The Battery is definitely worth checking out, a well-made and unique little gem.
Available now on DVD.