Mute: Netflix might have finally made a good movie
Since the streaming behemoth has begun it’s weekly barrage of original content, it’s hard to argue that they haven’t contributed to the uptick in quality TV over the last two years. I’m not a House Of Cards fan, but the first season was nails. Glow, Orange Is The New Black, Mindhunter, Ozark, all can easily be placeholders in a larger conversation for the best shows of last year. The same can’t be said for the feature film side. Yes, Bright was allegedly a massive hit for them, but it wasn’t a good movie overall. Other than last years fun (and underrated) I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore and the equally disturbing as it was touching Beast Of No Nation, Netflix seems to have missed the mark despite the blank check approach they’ve taken with very talented filmmakers.
It’s important that Duncan Jones’ Mute is as good as it looks. When Jones released his Sci-Fi masterpiece, Moon, in 2009, he was easily one of the hottest up and coming filmmakers. Achieving a visually impressive aesthetic with a mind fuck of a plot on a five million dollar budget. Jones would go on to make the mediocre yet competent film, Source Code, in 2011. Unfortunately, his most recent work, Warcraft, came out and almost unwound all of the goodwill Jones had built up since his rookie picture. This leads us to the trailer drop for Mute…
Mute stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, and has been described as both an homage to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and a “spiritual sequel” to Jones’ film, Moon. Here’s the synopsis:
“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.”
The trailer shows a ton of promise, and Netflix might have finally found a way to crack the “good movie” code that has mostly eluded them thus far. Mute premieres on Netflix February 23, 2018.