Out of all the movies that I bought recently from The Asylum, this is one that I had heard the most from on some of the B-movie fan pages that I am a part of. Now normally, I don’t always put much stock into other people’s opinions on movies because you can have so many different opinions and different people have different tastes as far as movies go. But in this case, since these are people that have a very similar taste in movies to myself, I decided that this would be on the list of movies to buy. So now I will see if today’s movie lives up to it’s hype as I watch Battledogs.
The plot: At JFK Airport, a wildlife photographer named Donna Voohees has just returned from her trip to Canada but as she is waiting to pass through customs, she begins to feel sick and heads into the bathroom. Checking on a bite wound that she had received, she suddenly starts seizing and collapses to the ground, where she changes into a werewolf and begins attacking the passengers at the airport. Police are called in but as they try to kill the werewolf, they witness the other victims are beginning to change and and attack other people as well, spreading the virus. The president is alerted to what is going on and calls in Lt. General Morning to handle the situation and he has his men use gas to knock out the werewolves. 24 hours later, a quarantine is set up at Wards Island and all of the infected people are taken there. As Donna is being checked in, she tries explaining to the head doctor, Dr. Ellen Gordon, that she was bitten before the attack but is interrupted when a man tries to escape the check-in line and is tranquilized after he changes again. Donna is given a pill to keep her heart rate down and tagged with a microchip, then shown into the main holding area, where cots have been set up for the infected people. When she begins to feel drowzy from the pill, Brian helps her to an empty cot and speaks with her a bit about trying to find a cure before she falls asleep. Brian goes to see Morning, who has a history with Brian, and Morning tells Brian that while he feels bad for stepping on the victim’s civil liberties, he will do whatever it takes to keep the contagion from spreading. Brian tells Morning that he wants to head to the airport to see if the security cameras can show them anything but before he can leave, there is an incident when a man named Carl Hammond transforms and kills 4 people before he is tranquilized. Hammond is placed into a interrogation room, where Morning talks to him briefly before having the man that changed earlier brought into the room. Both men are given a serum that triggers a change and Morning watches as the werewolves attack each other. Hammond kills the other werewolf then tries attacking morning but Captain Falcons tranquilizes Hammond, then kills him under Morning’s orders. Later, Brian speaks to Morning about what happened and is suspicious but puts it aside as he heads to JFK, with Ellen telling him what to loof for in Patient Zero. When he leaves, Falcons questions whether Morning wants a cure to be discovered and if he should have Brian killed but Morning says that he plans to use Brian’s excursion for another test on the creatures’ abilities. Brian arrives at JFK and meets with Max Stevens, Director of Border Security at Customs, who tells him that the security feeds were destroyed but shows him a new feature the airport has, where a 3D image of the airport is shown. Seeing the camera that Donna has, Brian asks Max if it is still there and Max takes him to the secure room, where they find the camera. Meanwhile, Falcons is hovering over the airport in a helicopter and shows a picture of Brian to an infected man, promising that his family will be relocated if he kills Brian. Brian looks through the pictures on the camera and sees a rare black wolf that Donna had shot, as well as a picture of a bite she received, and realizes she was trying to tell him she was Patient Zero. When Brian reports in to Morning about it, Falcons receives a signal and injects the man with the serum before kicking him out of the helicopter. The man changes and breaks through the glass ceiling and attacks Brian. Brian attempts to calm the creature down and it appears to be working but when a sudden noise spooks it, Brian is forced to shoot it before it can kill him. Brian asks Max to find out more about what Donna did before she boarded the plane and then heads back to Wards Island, speaking with Ellen and Morning on the way. Meanwhile, Morning has Falcons look for Donna, then has another soldier contact Defense Secretary Woods, and Morning outlines his plan to use the werewolves for military purposes but wants Brian to be taken off the project. Donna writes a note to Brian but when she notices the soldiers looking for her, she tries to run and ends up transforming. She escapes the building and tries to leave the island but she is stopped by an electric fence and Morning and his men use a net and tranquilizer darts in order to capture her. Ellen tests her blood to see if she carries the antibodies for the virus but she doesn’t have them, Morning orders her to be put down. Brian and Ellen both argue against it and Brian says he will call the President but Morning tells him that he informed the President that Brian was infected at the airport. Max arrives at Ward Island and shows them the full body scan that Donna had done in Toronto, which shows that a tooth from the wolf that bit her is still in her arm. When Donna’s heart stops, Morning doesn’t want to save her and Brian realizes that he wants to use the werewolves as weapons but Ellen convinces Morning that they need to try and save her in case they are wrong about the tooth. Ellen and Brian manage to revive Donna and Morning orders Ellen to get the tooth but before she can do so, Donna’s heart rate goes over 150 and she transforms. Brian stops Falcons from trying to shoot Donna but Max is killed instead. Donna howls out, which causes the other infected people to transform and attack the soldiers guarding them. Morning and Falcons escape and Brian manages to get Donna calmed down so that she changes back to human, but all of the other infected people have escaped the island using the subway tracks. In Manhattan, the werewolves emerge from the subway and begins attacking the people in the city. Brian tries talking with the President but when the President doesn’t believe him, he tries getting Ellen and Donna off the island but they come under fire from Morning and his men. Managing to get out of the building, they use a power cable to get pass the electric fence and grab a boat to take them off the island. They manage to evade Falcons briefly but Morning is tracking them via the chip in Donna’s arm. Meanwhile, the National Guard is trying to kill the infected people when they gather in Central Park but they are overwhelmed. Brian commandeers a car and they head to the University to remove the tooth but Morning’s men catch up to them and after their car is T-boned, Brian is shot and Ellen and Donna are taken captive and Morning orders them taken back to Wards. In Washington, Secretary Woods tells the President that the virus is going to break through their containment and that they need to destroy Manhattan and the President reluctantly orders the attack. Meanwhile, Brian comes too, having only been shot in the shoulder, and makes his way back to Wards Island to rescue Donna and Ellen. At Wards Island, Morning has Ellen remove the tooth from Donna’s arm and, after confirming that it does have the antibodies, fashion a cure but is then knocked out by Falcons. Brian fashions a diversion and uses it to sneak into the room that Donna and Ellen. When they try to leave, they are confronted by Morning and his men but Brian uses a grenade to kill Falcons and some of the men, then shoots the others. When he tries to shoot Morning, his gun is empty but before Morning can shoot him, he is attacked by a werewolf that was still on the island. Morning kills the werewolf but not before he is bitten and as Brian and the others leave the building, he begins to change. Brian attempts to fly them off the island in a cargo plane but Morning, now a werewolf, attacks the plane and knocks out one of the engines and damages a second one. They manage to get off the island but crash onto on of the bridges. Morning grabs Donna and drags her out of the plane and Brian is trapped but seeing a vial of lupine blood nearby, he injects himself with the blood in order to combat Morning. Brian and Morning fight and Morning overpowers Brian and slashes him across the chest but before he can finish him off, Donna manages to use Brian’s M203 to fire it’s grenade at Morning, killing him. Donna dies from her wounds and as the military begins destroying the bridges in order to keep the contagion contained before the island is destroyed, Brian contacts the President and tells them they have a cure. The President orders the mission aborted but one of the bombs has already been released, and Brian and Ellen are forced to dive into the ocean to escape the blast. As the military congratulates themselves on keeping the contagion from spreading, the President asks how bad the damage was to Manhattan and if Brian and Ellen survived. Brian and Ellen manage to swim ashore and after Ellen shows that she still has the tooth, they embrace and wait for help to arrive.
This lived up to the hype and more. In fact, this is probably one of the best movies Asylum has ever done. And by that, I don’t necessarily mean my favorite movie (though this did leap into one of my top picks from them) but I mean the best as in an overall complete movie. The acting was really good although I will admit that it was a little weird seeing Dennis Haysbert (Morning) as the bad guy because he will always be President Palmer from 24 to me. The plot was really good and they did a great job in keeping things relatively simple and easy to follow without making it over-the-top or stupid. Now this is a B-movie so the special effects were not on par with Industrial Light & Magic but they were still very well done and some of the best out of all the B-movies I have seen (and that is a lot). There were one or two silly bits, such as the look and whine Werewolf Morning gave after swallowing the grenade, but over all, this was a great sci-fi/horror movie and well worth watching.
Rating: 4 out of 5