Critic Consensus: Visually polished but narratively derivative and overall muddled, Mute is a would-be sci-fi epic whose title serves as an unfortunate guide to how it might be best enjoyed.
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But it's never a great sign when your lead is upstaged by the supporting players, and for all its good looks, "Mute" ultimately doesn't have a whole lot to say.
[Paul] Rudd and [Justin] Theroux do their best to have fun, but the movie's miserable tone is actively competing against them at every turn.
Jones is clearly striving to develop something fresh out of well-trodden material, and Mute at least exhumes Jones' stature as a notable auteur.
Mute is more interesting as a bullet-point list of absurdities than as a two-hour film. Yet, Jones continues to have my attention.
Audience Reviews for Mute
Jones' attempt at a futuristic Film Noir set in Berlin is a depressing, unfocused mess. While there is probably a reason for the focus switching between seemingly unconnected characters, none of which are particularly likable even if the actors usually are, it does a great disservice to the plot, which feels basically non-existent for two thirds of the film. Sure, the world building in a Blade Runneresque version of Berlin, but much more colorful and shallow, has a few highlights. And there is a fantastic Easter Egg to Jones' debut Moon. The ending works too. But the path there is so weird, uneven and sometimes uninteresting, it's a pity. I really wanted to like this, but it worked on basically no level.
I enjoyed this. I thought it was interesting and had a good cast. The running time is a little too long but Duncan Jones has done a good enough job to keep you entertained, but it's nothing compared to the sci-fi greats it wants to emulate.
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