Sometimes, when a movie decides to release to DVD around the same week as a more well-known film, they change the name of the film to deceive the general public and maximize on their profits. I believe that is the case for “Battleground”. Most aren’t aware of this film’s existence, but do know of “Battleship”, which comes out the same exact day as the former. So be warned before watching this film, it may not be what you intended to watch, it isn’t even close.
“Battleground” is about a team of bank robbers trying to leave the country after a heist that left them with $3.2 million dollars. Their plan hits a speed bump, and they must lay low for a while. They find a cottage in the woods that has been abandoned since the 70’s. Though when they wake up the following morning, their van goes missing mysteriously. They soon find out they are being hunted by a Vietnam veteran with an extreme case of post-traumatic stress disorder. This man will kill anything that moves within his forest.
Have we ever seen a movie where someone was stranded in the forest and was being hunted like an animal? Yes, in fact just last year a movie entitled “A Lonely Place to Die” had a similar plot. Most of these films have a common feature, the hunter in question is a psychopath that just loves killing people, and thinks its a fun game. In “Battleground”, the hunter seems crazy, but it might be more attributed to his history with war, and how that messed with his head. Slightly different, but overall, very similar to discount.
The film was originally released under the name “Skeleton Lake” in Canada, which truly fits the film better than “Battleground“. The truth of the matter that can’t be ignored is they most likely changed it to appeal and confuse those looking to purchase “Battleship.” That being said, I believe the film company will be getting a handful of complaints from people.
However, as a movie on it’s own, is it any good? No, it only had the potential to be better than it was. We have a non-original story, bad acting, bad lighting, and characters that you just can’t come around to liking. Both sides of this story are bad guys, so the audience is left indifferent to how it concludes. Yes, it could have ended a few different ways, the film was actually pretty good at being unpredictable, but it makes no difference when none of the characters are even remotely likable.
Try to stay away from this one, folks. There are worse movies out there, sure, but there are so many more better films at the same time. “Battleground” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray Aug. 28.