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Mute (2018)



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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Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) - unable to speak from a childhood accident - searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones ( Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.

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Paul Rudd
as Cactus Bill
Justin Theroux
as Duck Teddington
Seyneb Saleh
as Naadirah
Sam Rockwell
as Sam Bell

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Critic Reviews for Mute

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

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.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[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.

February 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Jones is clearly striving to develop something fresh out of well-trodden material, and Mute at least exhumes Jones' stature as a notable auteur.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Mute is more interesting as a bullet-point list of absurdities than as a two-hour film. Yet, Jones continues to have my attention.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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A mishmash of ideas in search of a movie.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Early trailers made it look like a neon-noir cross between Blade Runner and The Fifth Element. Sadly, it's just another airless dud in red packaging.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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