Movie Review: The Bad Batch (2016)

Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa and Keanu Reeves

Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour

Arlen is labelled as one of the Bad Batch and sent out into a fenced off derelict wasteland to fend for herself. Trying to navigate through the treacherous desert conditions she is captured by a savage group of cannibals who cut one of her arms and legs off. After escaping the cannibals she ends up in a community called the Comfort where she wants revenge for what has happened to her.

Today’s review is going to be quite a short one as this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The story didn’t really make a great deal of sense and the plot, or lack of, was very hard to follow. The only thing I can say for sure is that America’s delinquents and illegal immigrants end up as part of the Bad Batch and left to essentially fend for themselves against the elements and the cannibal group known as the bridge.

The lead actress Suki Waterhouse is extremely dull and possibly mumbles about a hundred words or so throughout the entirety of the movie. With a lack of script the movie tried relying on it’s soundtrack to fill in the gaping holes in the story but to no avail. I feel Jason Momoa was only cast as the cannibal known as Miami Man due to his success and notoriety gained from Game of Thrones and being cast as Aquaman in the DC Universe. I didn’t see the logic in him being cast as a Cuban immigrant as his Spanish sounded very sketchy and before realising he was speaking with an accent I thought his character was a little slow. Keanu Reeves featured in this movie as a character known as The Dream, who was kind of like the kingpin of Comfort. His performance was extremely wooden and completely unbelievable and his boring monotone voice just added to The Bad Batch’s woes.

Maybe not as short as I was expecting but I guess Netflix doesn’t get it right all the time. Also, it’s such a shame Giovanni Ribisi attached himself to this car wreck of a movie as I’m a big fan of his work but not even his cameo could salvage any redeeming qualities from this movie.

I don’t really think I need to add a final conclusion to this blog but I have a pattern to my posts and will not allow an atrocious movie ruin it for me. So, with that being said and to wrap things up here, please avoid The Bad Batch at all costs it’s not worth the close to 2 hours of life. Take a nap instead.


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