Hey gang, Valkor here. After the last couple of flicks to come across my desk – Riddle and The Black Bat Rises - left me wanting for something decent. Out pops the latest Dolph Lundgren flick, appearing like a ray of sunshine to take away my cloudy day of bad films. Good or bad, I didn't really care, I just wanted simple, mindless and fun. And oh boy does Battle of the Damn delivers – in spades!
In Battle of the Damned, South East Asia has become a hotbed for biotech research due to the lack of restrictions. In one instance a virus was unleashed infecting the populace, turning them into bloodthirsty zombies. And not your regular slow moving zombies either, these beasts have speed, plus they react to loud noises. Fortunately they go down easy, but unfortunately there are a lot of them. Enter Max Gatling (Dolph Lundgren – The Package) and his team of mercs. They're being sent into the hot zone of the infected by some rich guy to retrieve his daughter Jude (Melanie Zanetti). Though only one of his men make it out alive, Max stays behind and finds Jude… along with another group of survivors known as the damned – Reese (Matt Doran), Lynn (Lydia Look), Anna (Oda Maria), Elvis (Jen Sung) and their leader Duke (David Field). Max's only mission is to retrieve Jude, but she's not leaving without her peeps, especially Reese who is the father of her unborn child. Things get even more complicated as Duke doesn't feel anyone should leave the compound and that it would be safer where they are. But Max reveals that the place is going to be firebombed and they need to get out stat pronto.
And did I mention there are killer robots in the mix? I'm not fucking kidding, they come from out of nowhere and you think they're there to hunt down survivors, but no. These things are zombie bustin robots – made in Japan. Now it's up to Max, along with the bots, to lead the damned to safety… or die trying.
If Deep Silver ever wanted to make sort of a side story to Dead Island or even to Dead Island: Riptide, they should look at this film for inspiration; it has everything DI related such as a handful of survivors each with their own abilities, fast moving zombies, loads of weapons and weapons modifications, and killer fucking robots. Did I mention this film has robots? Oh and to Dolph Lundgren, listen my friend, you've made a lot of these direct to vid flicks and I appreciate them for the most part. But how about tossing out some fan service and doing a sequel to "I Come in Peace" aka "Dark Angel". Yea I said it.
Battle of the Damned is a Saturday afternoon delight for action fans; the plot isn't anything spectacular and there's little character development, but for this type of film you don't enter it wanting something that's thought-provoking. You wanna give your brain a rest and let all that on screen violence take you away. Battle of the Damned is loads of fun, plenty of explosions, bullets flying, and zombies getting beat to shit. And I loved every minute of it – and I hate zombie movies. And did I mention there are killer robots in this film? I don't know where they came from and frankly I don't care. The story moves at a nice pace and just when things start to slow down a bit – BAM! A bunch of zombies are tossed at you, kicking the action up a notch. I love a good Dolph Lundgren film and this is one of his best works (I know that isn't saying much). In this film his action speaks louder than his words, so Dolph is delegated to doing what he does best – kicking a lot of ass and taking no names. All around performances were well done, but I gotta give uber-ham credit to David Fielding as Duke; he's creepy, calculating, maniacal, and manipulative – he's perfect for this type of film. In the end, I didn't expect to enjoy Battle of the Damned as much as I did… but I enjoyed the hell out of it!
Sure the film has its flaws – plot holes, cheesy acting, even cheesier CG, and poor character development. But those are the issues and as an action fan, they're pretty minor.
Zombies. Why did it have to be zombies?
Battle of the Damned is pretty bad ass, way more fun than expected and highly entertaining. If you're looking for the perfect action flick for a lazy afternoon/evening then this is the one. Though not perfect, I still give Battle of the Damned 4 stars out of TOV 5.
"Robots? Who the hell finds fucking robots?"