I thought that "The Bad Batch" looked interesting. So I rented it. Interesting is... one adjective that can be used to describe it.
The plot of this film is very threadbare. I guess the best way to describe it would be "Mad Max" meets "The Neon Demon", but not as good as either. It seems almost as if nothing happened. The character development is very thin, too. It was hard to understand a lot of what was happening. A lot of scenes seem like they didn't need to be there, such as a scene showcasing a society of bodybuilding cannibals that never really came back into play. The dialogue can be clunky and random at times, like a conversation about sewage systems. Still, there are a lot of metaphors going on in the film. There are some profound thoughts presented regarding the idea of punishment. There is also a God figure (I think) played by Jim Carrey and another God figure (I think) played by Keanu Reeves. Sometimes it was hard to figure out what the filmmakers were trying to get across. The tone is very intriguing, though, jumping from intense to comedic and back.
Despite its narrative inconsistencies, the film is actually very well-made. The cinematography and production design are great, creating this world of "The Bad Batch". The way in which it did this was very reminiscent of the latter "Purge" films. The mise-en-scene is really direct, though, which created a confusing feeling. The acting is solid by all except for Suki Waterhouse, who is okay, but sometimes a little forced. The effects for her leg were great, though, as were the effects for the gore.
I'm not entirely sure of my opinion on "The Bad Batch". It's scattershot writing keeps it from being a truly great film, and even though I kept feeling like I should hate it because almost nothing was happening, I actually liked it.
The Bad Batch
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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