Film Recommendation: MUTE

Mute_posterWhen 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:

Film Recommendation: Last Rampage

p14123155_p_v8_abFilm is just one of the best creations in the art and entertainment industry in my eyes. As a writer and a reader, the strength of the film has to be within the script in itself. The more I educate myself or learn from my mentors about the production side of film making, the more I honestly appreciate the individuals behind the magic.

As I grow older, I appreciate independent films a whole lot more. There is just a lot more out there than the multi-million crusade called Hollywood. For me, the independent world bases it’s craft on the story telling rather than focusing on the entertainment value, such as the A-list names, the action volume, or how much money is thrown at the project regardless how shitty the screen writing is. With that being said, I can guarantee majority of my film recommendations won’t necessarily be from the weekend box office list.

Let’s get with the punches shall we? Last Rampage is a film based off the true story about the infamous Gary Tison prison breakout fin the 1970s. The actors involved in this project were Robert Patrick (“Scorpion”), Bruce Davison (“Willard”, “X-Men”, “Coffin”), & William Shockley (“Dr. Quinn”).

I was drawn to the story itself, as well as, it didn’t hurt to know Bruce Davison and William Shockley were in this film together. The props and costumes used for this film, as well as the coloring editing on the video editor’s part, made me feel that this film was actually shot in the 70’s. Granted, Arizona citizens didn’t speak with a Southern accent back then, but what film really hits all the details pin point when creating the time of the actual story? Considering how many goofs there could have been, this film was put together amazingly. As for the cinematography work, the scenes and the transitions themselves seemed smooth as butter. The shots were just beautifully done.

So if you are into crime, drama, and a bit of action, please take a minute and check out Last Rampage, which is currently on Netflix or rent it off of Amazon Instant Video for $4.99. The IMDb reviewers may have the film at 5.5/10, but I can guarantee I give it at least an 8/10 for a rating, the minimum.