Battle of the Damned (2013)

Director: Christopher Hatton

Writer: Christopher Hatton (Screenplay)

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Marr Doran, David Field, Jen Sung, Lydia Look


Plot: Following a deadly viral outbreak, private military soldier Max Gatling leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected.

Tagline – He didn’t come here to be a hero, but things change.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Escape From New York with Zombies


Story: Battle of the Damned starts as the pathogen has take over the city, the dead have risen and now the city is in complete locked down, no entry or exit. Military soldier Max Gatling (Lundgren) is assigned to take a team into the infected zone to save Jude (Zanetti), but when he loses his team, he must go it alone.

Once he locates Jude, he learns she is part of a group of survivors led by Duke (Field) who have been planning their own way to escape. Max however makes friends with robots who are fighting the infected.


Thoughts on Battle of the Damned


Characters – Major Max Gatling is an elite soldier sent to extract the daughter of a businessman who is trapped in the infected zone. He can fight through enemies, brilliant marksman, your general great fighter. Jude is the young woman that Max is set to save, she is a feisty one that will do anything to keep herself independent in this world, while her secret could be her undoing. Reese is the boyfriend of Jude that will stay loyal to her through the undead attacks. Duke is the leader of a group of survivors that has been controlling them to keep himself safe, getting rid of outsiders if they pose a threat in his eyes.

PerformancesDolph Lundgren is the type of actor who is perfect for this movie, we know he can handle combat and is always a bad ass which is what is required. Melanie Zanetti is good in her role, even though it is hard to figure out how old the character is meant to be. David Field makes for a good villainous and selfish character which is needed through the film, the rest of the cast are good enough working for the film.

StoryThe story here takes on the Escape From New York formula as we follow a lone warrior/soldier that must go into a blocked off city, this time infected to save someone, before long he must lead a group of survivors against the enemies within in an all out action fest. The story doesn’t need to be the deepest, we are here for the action and the formulaic idea works perfectly to make this the entertaining experience.

Action/Adventure/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is all-out and does keep us entertained throughout, the horror is the zombie experience we know and enjoy.

SettingsThe film takes place in a nameless city which shows us just where we will be going through the streets filled with zombies.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are the standard zombie ones, they work for the film without being the best part of the film.

Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too similar to Escape From New York.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good, simple and enjoyed zombie movie which has the action needed to keep things flowing nicely.


Overall: Easy to watch zombie movie.




ABC Film Challenge – Animation – V – Valiant (2005)

Director: Gary Chapman

Writer: Jordan Katz, George Webster, George Melrod (Screenplay) George Webster (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt


Plot: Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly but friendly pigeon named Bugsy, who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war.

Tagline –  Some pigeons eat crumbs, others make history.

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Family Film


Story: Valiant starts as small young pigeon Valiant wants to help out during World War II by joining the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, taking his chance a heading to London he meets hustler pigeon Bugsy as the pair con their way into the recruitment process.

Going through the recruitment process the pigeons are sent on their first mission with the danger of the falcons with the evil Von Talon waiting for any pigeons that try to cross the ocean.


Thoughts on Valiant


Characters – Valiant is a plucky young pigeon that wants to be a hero of war by becoming a carrier pigeon for the royal homing pigeon service, he has the guts even if he doesn’t have the build for it, he will risk his life to save his country. Bugsy is a cowardly con artist pigeon that uses joining the service to escape magpies, only to try to get out of it on a constant basis. Von Talon is the evil falcon that has been hunting the pigeons trying to return home, he is the typical foreign villain for this film.

StoryThe story follows an unlikely group of homing pigeons that must deliver secrets back to the soldiers in England during World War II. This gives you everything you want to enjoy in an animated story, the idea of a character overcoming his weaknesses to become the strongest part of a team, even if this does make light of the war itself, even when it is trying to tell the importance of the animals in the war.

Adventure/Comedy/FamilyThe adventure out pigeons go on is life or death and a real one pigeons would have gone on during the war, the comedy does hit well for the British audience which is nice to see with a string of British comedies offering the laughs. This will be one the whole family could enjoy too, having moments that all ages will understand.

SettingsThe settings play into the idea that the animals will be involved in the war and just how they will be seeing the biggest moments too, while also decreasing the scale of everything.

AnimationThe animation looks great in the foreground, while the backgrounds have been scaled down, which is fine, but doesn’t show the busyness around the big cities.

Scene of the Movie –
The crossing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I personally didn’t like how small London seemed to be.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun animation that can be enjoyed by everyone, though it does have a very British core, certain jokes might miss for a more international audience.


Overall: Enjoyable and fun.