Mutant Chronicles (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Bad acting, poor CGI and clunky script mean this sci-fi thriller is lacking in all departments including the thrills.


Movie Info

Steampunk aesthetics inform this story of a dystopic future in which humankind wages an explosive last stand against the demonic NecroMutants, who would see the entire human race brutally annihilated. Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, and John Malkovich star in this effects-heavy sci-fi action thriller from director Simon Hunter (Dead of Night).

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and language throughout)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Eisner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 2009
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Mitch Hunter

as Constantine

as Severian

as Corporal Jesus 'El J...

as Nathan Rooker

as Juba

as Captain Michaels
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Critic Reviews for Mutant Chronicles

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (4)

It's photogenic people killing mutants before green screens; what more could you ask?

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

I dearly hope John Malkovich got paid handsomely for his two days of embarrassment on-set.

Full Review… | April 22, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Definitely isn't setting any precedence, but it's serviceable and fun.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
Cinema Crazed

It's a murky film, in terms of both plot (overcooked) and visuals (underlit), proudly artificial and yet burdened with a severe pulp deficiency.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Cinematical

This movie is lost from the start and never finds its way. Plays like a video game with repetitive special effects and wooden dialogue.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
CNNRadio

The computer-generated imagery falls short when it comes to supplying the gore for the fight scenes: the bright splashes of red look almost literally Photoshopped onto the settings.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinefantastique

Audience Reviews for Mutant Chronicles

½

A b movie with a higher production value. An interesting premise and a very neat look. The cast was pretty good and I had fun with it.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

If you are trying to imagine The Dirty Dozen going in a suicide mission against mutants set in a future that somehow resembles steampunk around the time of WW1, you already get a pretty good idea about this film. The look of it is very stylized, similar to Sin City there is hardly a frame in which anything but the actors actually exists. But while that worked great in SC it looks very artificial here, simply fort the fact that there probably was not as much money for special effects. The production design looks cool, maybe except for the rather silly mutants, but the cheesy effects just can't keep up with it. One has to wonder how the film then managed to gather such great names like Jane, Perlman or Malkovich. The premise and story is a bit silly but once our unlikely heroes go on their mission you can't help but be engaged in this. There is also plenty of action and a couple of exciting fights. The bumpy editing and camera work also remind you that this is not an A-league film sometimes. Overall, I'd call it dumb but still very entertaining. With more money to spend this could actually have been really awesome.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The darkest age is yet to come. Have faith.

It was good but felt like it could have been done way better, still good story. I think the main characters should have been explain better in the history, where they come from especially. The special effects weren't that great either but decent."The Mutant Chronicles" is a stylish adventure with a dark cinematography that recalls "Dark City" and "Metropolis" and interesting concepts of war in the trenches (like in World War I) and riveted flying machines (burning coal, like the ships in the beginning of the Twentieth Century). In the end, "The Mutant Chronicles" is neither a masterpiece nor a bad movie.

It's the year 2707. Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind. Battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: the Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima and Imperial.

Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane) and Nathan Rooker (Sean Pertwee), battle hardened Capitol soldiers, fight a desperate battle against a Bauhaus advance. When an errant shell destroys an ancient stone seal, they find themselves facing a new enemy: hideous necromutants, with boneblades that grow from their arms. Mitch barely manages to escape. Nathan does not.

The mutants multiply by millions and they destroy all before them. The Corporations' leader, Constantine (John Malkovich), is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate, when he is approached by Brother Samuel (Ron Perlman), leader of the Brotherhood, an ancient monastic order.

Samuel is the keeper of the Chronicles, a book that prophesies both the rise of the Mutants, and of the 'Deliverer' that will destroy them. Samuel believes he is that Deliverer destined to journey deep into the earth and destroy the source of the mutant scourge. He manages to recruit Mitch, along with a handful of like-minded soldiers: Maximillian von Steiner (Benno Fürmann), honor bound Bauhaus officer; sword wielding Severian (Anna Walton); street fighter Cpl. Jesus 'El Jesus' de Barrera (Luis Echegaray); fearless beauty Valerie Duval (Devon Aoki); and stoic warrior Cpl. Juba Kim Wu (Tom Wu) . "Mutant Chronicle" follows Mitch and Samuel's mission to venture into the very heart of the darkness in an attempt to save the planet from marauding hordes of deathless mutants.

They all will be dying as they plundge themselves into the "Hidden City", now crammed with mutants. Mitch Hunter will be the final hero: he will succeed in closing the seal forever more, but not without getting himself infected and having to use Brother Samuel's mutant-transformed body as a kind of tool.

MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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