Ana Lily Amirpour follows up her debut film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night with a post-apocalyptic western that comes across like a mix between Mad Max and Escape from New York. At an unspecified time in the future, a desert in Texas has become a lawless prison, where criminals have to fend for themselves. At the centre of all this are Arlen and Miami Man, who are forced to put their differences aside to save Miami Man's daughter, who has been taken by The Dream.
The Bad Batch is an exquisitely shot film with endless desert landscapes and features a great soundtrack ranging from Ace of Base to Culture Club, with these catchy pop songs often playing during quite violent moments. The film is also incredibly stylistic and features scene-stealing performances by both Keanu Reeves as The Dream and Jim Carrey as a mute hermit. Altogether, while somewhat more glossy than her previous film, The Bad Batch continues to show that Ana Lily Amirpour is a young director to watch.
- Wednesday, September 14, 3:15 PM - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
- Sunday, September 18, 8:45 PM - Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema