Its the year 2707, Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind and battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: the Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima and Imperial.
Mitch Hunter and Nathan Rooker, 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 bone blades 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, is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate, when he is approached by Brother Samuel, leader of the Brotherhood, an ancient monastic order.
Samuel is keeper of the Chronicles, a book that prophesies both the rise of the Mutants, and 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: Steiner, honor bound Bauhaus officer; sword wielding Severian; street fighter El Jesus; fearless beauty Duval; and stoic warrior Juba.
"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.
A steampunk zombie flick with a great cast. Familiar and predictable as far as apocalyptic monster films go, but steampunk films are so rare it makes for an interesting hybrid.
The CG effects will give some useless whiners fodder but I found them more than acceptable and the visuals have their own style, echoing the desaturated Frank Miller adaptations with spot colour (guess which colour gets the most attention).
The plot has an interesting premise but ultimately it's a bit scatty, the characters never quite get established, and the dialogue would've benefited from a venture into the realms of wit. But, hell, it's a zombie flick so parking the expectations will go a long way towards enjoying it. The main thing is that there's a charismatic cast, big guns, lots of carnage, and a very cool steampunk backdrop.
It's not a defining moment in Hollywood, but it is makes for a good popcorn-and- pizza no- brainer action flick.