Updated: May 17, 2020
A NETFLIX WATCH PARTY
‘What if this was the bad batch of the edits?’ This may not be a crowd favourite but it wasn’t all distasteful - upsetting in parts yes, but Ana Lily Amirpour creates a feast for the eyes and ears in this dystopian thriller where instinct prevails.
Yet again we entered another Netflix Watch Party grossly unprepared for the gruesome undertones of this week’s pick but, again, it created a most lively chat. Directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch explores freedom, hunger and legacy with a rather honest, bloody and sometimes hallucinatory lens.
With names like Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and apparently JIM CAREY (who even was he????) on the cast list, you can feel it in your bones that the ride will at the very least be interesting.
And that it was. No, really.
But let’s rewind a bit and set the scene: Left in a desert shaped cage with other people society has classed as unwanted, Arlen attempts to fend for herself in a lawless place where luxury, prosperity and joy all but sucked out of it. With food and trust at an all-time low, the meaning of community, joy and family takes a dark and twisted turn.
If you do end up watching it, do let us know. The NWP crew this week rated it somewhere between 2 & 5… out of 10 but don’t let that sway you. Although, ‘this is 2020 in a nutshell’ may or may not have been posted in the chat as a potential elevator pitch…