An odd, sun-drenched first trailer has been released for Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch, starring Suki Waterhouse, a perpetually shirtless Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, and Keanu Reeves' moustache.
The Bad Batch is a dystopian western about a girl who wanders out into a semi-apocalyptic wasteland, having been ostracised from regular society. There, she finds communities of outsiders, cannibals, and a perpetual drug-fueled rave hosted by a man who calls himself "The Dream."
This looks weird in all the best ways, or at least the ways that get this writer excited. Telling you that The Dream is played by Keanu Reeves, and that Jason Momoa's character is called "Miami Man" wouldn't even scratch the surface of this weirdness. Did I mention that Jim Carrey is in here somewhere?
Ana Lily Amirpour is fast becoming a must-watch director for this writer, especially considering that she wrote and directed one of my absolute favourite vampire movies of the past couple years in her 2014 debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, whose lyrical, meandering, odd, and achingly beautiful film-making still leaves me breathless. She effortlessly synthesises a glossy pop sensibility with deep, old-school cinema. I'd urge anybody and everybody to check it out - among other things, it'll give you a taste of just how off-kilter and intriguing Amirpour's style is. I mean, just watch this slice of abject mastery:
So, I think it's safe to say we're in for something special with The Bad Batch. Look out for it this summer. No solid UK release date yet, so watch this space.