Mute Review

A somewhat return to form for visionary filmmaker Duncan Jones.

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"Mute" is the latest film from Duncan Jones and Netflix. It takes place in a cyberpunk Berlin and centers around a mute bartender and also sort of an American surgeon trying to get home.  Herein lies the films biggest problem. Not the performances from the leads, Skarsgard is great as the incredibly kind and easy love mute bartender. Rudd is also quite good as the asshole American surgeon who actually wants to provide for his daughter and get them back to America (even if it means using extreme measure). The problem lies in the story and how it plays out.

While I found a ton to enjoy in this movie, it ultimately never coalesces into anything greater. It's less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are very astounding. Like the aforementioned performances, the visuals and world are completely sublime and engrossing. Jones creates a world that is tinged with neon, violence, and a healthy dose of the absurd it is a marvel to experience and dive into (much like his previous film "Moon" look out for some easter eggs). But as much as I like what Jones does I can't get past the two separate stories that just kind of happen to collide with each other very randomly. It doesn't feel right or satisfying in any way. Another problem is that the movie overstays its welcome (it clocks in at just over 2 hours). The movie could have done without 15-20 minutes of its footage and been a much more succinct and enjoyable experience.

Still, I think there is enough good/great stuff in here that it deserves a watch. If anything this film shows that Jones still has what makes him special as a filmmaker and I hope this is only a small step towards his next great outing (please come soon). [C-]

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