When it comes to films, I don’t necessarily rely on a critic’s opinion to enjoy a film or not. Even if the critic’s opinion isn’t a popular one, a cult classic can be born.
I feel this is the case with Mute. Rated only 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as, ratings on IMDb holding steady at a little over 5 stars out of ten. I beg differ than the majority vote so far for this film.
Maybe, I am biased since I rather watch ‘independent’ films in general, or I’m biased due to my preference as a Skarsgard fan; regardless, my following opinion stands.
An original story line, add a bit of Blade Runner nostalgic glitter, exceptional acting beyond dialogue, and the abnormal role choosing between Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd. Mute has become one of the most original films released in 2018.
It may not have been Duncan Jones best work according to other critics, but the originality of the story stands out itself, as well as, the A listed cast provided additional spark for the anticipation of the film.
As a writer, I felt the story was refreshing as it unravels a mystery in a corrupt underground society in a futuristic Germany. A realistic future, where an Amish mute attempts to play a hero in Germany to try to search for his loved one, who ends up missing. In order to keep you on your toes, new mysteries unravel throughout the underground society the closer he gets to his closure to figure out what happened to his companion.
The characters reveal their place in the film the further you get into the story. That’s where the film succeeded. It remained a mystery, while only giving very little away until the climax was revealed. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say, there’s a purpose for every side story within the universe of Mute.
I love actors who go above and beyond their previous roles and have a continuation to choose characters that would challenge their jobs and, yet, still deliver successfully on the big screen. Both Alexander and Paul did that with this Netflix original.
You will love some characters, but also grow to hate others in this film, thanks to the continuous talent this cast provides and delivers. What I like most about the cast chosen is that no one out performed the other. The talent was in sync throughout the entire film.
So if you are into science fiction films and want to lose yourself in a mystery/active film that doesn’t make any sense to most critics, Mute is definitely a watch until the very end.
Check out the trailer here: