Sunday, December 17, 2017
WHAT WE BECOME is a competently made film. It looks good and the acting is passable, but the story is nothing! We've seen this same type of slow-burn invasion story dozens of times before in everything from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS to DISTURBING BEHAVIOR and WHAT WE BECOME brings nothing new to the table. At least MULBERRY STREET helped invent the word "ratpire"!
The best thing WWB has going for it is the short running time and the teenage son who was amusing to laugh at. That kid was a dork! It was fun trying to list all of his hobbies...smoking, gaming, girls, bowling, toy collecting, beginner level skateboarding (no tricks, just slowly rolling down the street), urban exploration, baseball, peeping tom, basketball, The Simpsons, reading, guitars, monster trucks, fireworks, etc.
Zero nudity, very little violence, forgettable characters, boring zombies, slow pace, predictable ending that sucked. Watch it if you want, but I think you can find something better to do with your time.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Set in some kind of low-budget dystopian future, THE BAD BATCH opens with a pretty chick with a killer body, Arlen (Suki Waterhouse), being locked behind a huge fence in the desert. She turns and wanders off into the wasteland. Within a day, she's kidnapped by cannibals and sections of her right arm and right leg eaten. Soon, the real horror starts when the cannibals start listening to Ace of Base! Arlen can't take it anymore and escapes. She eventually shows up in a town full of tweakers and dorks called Comfort. From there on, more things happen, but honestly...I didn't give a shit. The story was dumb as fuck, slow-moving and illogical.
The only thing I knew about TBB going into it was it was about cannibals and it starred Keanu Reeves. That sounds awesome! In my handsome brain, I was visualizing BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE versus CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. That didn't happen.
Style over substance storytelling, very little dialogue, lots of music video-style photography, Jim Carrey showing up from some unknown reason, snail's pace, multiple things that brought to mind EL TOPO, zero nudity, very little violence, promising opening act, weak middle act and a lame as fuck ending.
If you need me, I'll be in my room playing Borderlands.