TV. Well, the future is, again and again, Blade Runnerish, men are still naturally heterosexual and safely homophobic, gays still a thematic minority and a punk-cybernetic variation of the transvestite, women continue to be beaten up and the most uninteresting and shaggy banalities remain in the narrative code of fiction, as dense as derisory. The future was yesterday, but more kitsch.
Somewhere within the wreckage of its glossy cyberpunk excess there's a mean & gritty contemporary-set London-based noir film struggling to get out. The germ of the initial narrative, its haunted world of nightclubs & hotel rooms, its spiralling mystery & brutal supporting players are each compelling, but the delivery feels more like a first draft. All the themes & ideas are here but expressed without nuance or depth.
I get all the hate towards MUTE but this is exactly the kind of film that Netflix should (and I hope will) always embrace: films that will pissed every major studio head with it's total weirdness and slowness.
în timp ce vedeam "Mute," m-am găsit că gîndesc "Ce e o parodie de "Blade Runner 2049?"" "Ce naiba Paul Radd face?" "Ce dracu' se îmtîmpra cu Dancan Jones?" "De ce eu văd așa de inegal, teribil și afurisita de plictisitor film?" DE CE?????// この"Mute"を観ている間中"何故こんな映画が作られた？" "この「ブレードランナー2049」のパクリみたいな映画は何だ？" "ポール・ラッドは一体何やってるんだ？" "一体ダンカン・ジョーンズに何が起こったんだ？" "何でこんなバランス悪くて酷くて、クソつまんない映画を観てるんだ？"という疑問が頭に思い浮かぶばかりだった。何でなんだ？
Paul Rudd's Cactus Bill is a great character with a potentially fascinating story: loyalties divided between the mob, the army, his daughter, his friend and his own selfishness. This particular film collapses spectacularly around him, with boring dialogue, characters and copycat cityscapes, plus an astonishingly misjudged subplot. An unwatchable turkey.
A solid 3 stars. I enjoyed the visual homages to Bladerunner as well as the winks to Jones' prior film Moon, but the story is a bit confusing and convoluted at times. Paul Rudd is great playing a creepy character, which he should do more often, and Alexander Skarsgard is also exceptional as a character who doesn't speak for the majority of the film.
There is a lot of HATE for this film, huh? For what it’s worth, I can understand why people reacted negatively to this, but I think that’s been amplified in a really bizarre way that Mute isn’t really deserving of. For the most part it seems Jones et al. bit off more than they could chew, because there’s a lot of interesting ideas floating about here.
There is a decent film underneath this meandering, non-dynamic mess. I'm sure there is. The world here feels like an European take on dystopian future made 15 years ago. Decent ideas here and there get bogged down with cliches, stereotypes and sheer boredom. The misogynist & pedophiley vibes here are weird and unnecessary. Paul Rudd with his bubblegumplay and 'stache pull it from "a horrible mess" to "just meh".