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The Bad Batch


Rated R · 118 minutes · 2017

Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, SciFi/Fantasy, Suspense/Thriller
In the bleak near future, a Texas bad girl, played by Suki Waterhouse, is herded with others of her ilk past the Mexican border into a desert hellscape polarized by a grubby encampment of heartless cannibals and a Dionysian disco cult. This gaudy postapocalyptic adventure from writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) never stops moving, its heroine bouncing back and forth between the revelers and the flesh eaters, but it never really gets anywhere either. Jason Momoa is a brooding presence as "Miami Man," the cut and tattooed leader of the cannibals, whom the plucky heroine desires sexually even though he ate her right forearm and left calf; on the other side, Keanu Reeves struts around in big shades and a cop mustache as the charismatic cult leader "the Dream." Amirpour has cited El Topo and The Road Warrior as references, and follows through with sun-baked weirdo roles for Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi.

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