Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) finds herself labelled “bad batch” and forced into a fenced off area of Texas desert wasteland, essentially removed from being a member of American society. Within the fenced wasteland are different groups of outcasts, including a group of cannibals. Kidnapped by the cannibals almost immediately after entering this wasteland, Arlen has a leg and an arm removed to feed the others. Kept alive, presumably to continue providing food for the cannibals, Arlen manages to escape and is rescued by Hermit (Jim Carrey), a mute who brings her to Comfort, a community that thrives on nightly parties and the closest thing the wasteland has to proper society. Comfort is lorded over by The Dream (Keanu Reeves), a man who is admired by the community and lives inside a huge mansion with a harem of pregnant women. Longing for a little revenge, and not finding her place in Comfort, Arlen heads back into the desert where she murders the wife of cannibal Miami Man (Jason Momoa) before taking his young daughter Honey (Jayda Fink) with her to Comfort. Their lives are now on a collision course, but when faced with two different worlds that both seem wrong to her, what will Arlen do when Miami Man finally finds her?

The second full length feature from writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch offers much of the same style of her previous film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. That’s great if you enjoyed Amirpour’s first film, but if not, you’ll find nothing new in The Bad Batch. Once again, it looks fantastic and has a visual style that you’ll find yourself getting lost in. It’s also a relatively quiet film, featuring plenty of scenes without any dialogue and only the action to keep your attention. The problem is that it’s all just style over substance. It looks great, but seems to do very little. That’s only more apparent when you realize the film comes in at just under 2 hours. It’s easily 30 minutes too long, and even that might not be enough to pull everything together.

Amirpour certainly has a style that has quickly become associated with her name, but it never feels like her writing can match it. Even when characters finally speak, they’re not really saying anything, and the ideas that The Bad Batch is trying to sell just don’t work. Miami Man is a cannibal, but he’s not really that bad a guy, which is really hard to accept. The fact that there’s an entire community that seems to be handling things rather well, including people actually purchasing food and items from each other, accepting that Miami Man is just doing what he can to survive doesn’t work. The fact that he could also be a person that Arlen could align herself with is even more unbelievable.

That’s ultimately not the point really. In fact, it seems like there really isn’t a point at all here. I felt the same way about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It was entertaining visually, but the lacklustre story could never really draw me in. Even though it may look good, The Bad Batch can’t survive a 2 hour running time on looks alone. Things get a little more interesting as we see more about The Dream and the strange world he lives in, but by the time that finally happens, you’ll probably have lost interest anyway.