Netflix has been going all-in on original content over the last few years, but until recently that was primarily through long-form narrative shows (one story told over multiple episodes) and disposable Adam Sandler movies. The last six months has seen the streaming service giant make a big push into A-grade feature length work (Mudbound, Bright, Cloverfield Paradox, to name just a few), and this sprawling sci-fi is arguably their most intriguing prospect yet. With ambitious auteur Duncan Jones given free rein on what he has expressed as his passion project, having concocted the story with childhood friend and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson, there's zero chance of it being dull. And dull it most definitely isn't, the propulsive story-a man scours the grimy underbelly of a futuristic Berlin when his girlfriend goes missing-keeps the viewer on their toes whilst the gorgeous realisation of a Blade Runner-esque tech-future is a pure feast for thine eyes. But here's the catch: with a reluctance to explain almost anything about this world, or provide character motivation for anyone other than Alexander Skarsg?rd's silent bartender Leo, the plot can be complicated to the point of pretentious. There are a lot of little flourishes and subtle touches that colour this universe, although they would have meant so much more if the overall context was clearer. As it stands these unexplained moments become increasingly frustrating, threatening to derail the whole movie. His acting skills well and truly put to the test, Skarsg?rd is likable enough as the gentle giant on a mission; however, Paul Rudd is horribly miscast as a scumbag AWOL soldier, his persistent mean-spirited goading of others regularly veering into pantomime. There is clearly a lot of passion and ambition on display with Mute, but while for some it will be evocative and demanding, for others it will simply be pompous and impenetrable. For me it's somewhere in the middle with the scales tipping ever so slightly towards the latter.
Mute (2018) 720p YIFY Movie
A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.
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The Synopsis for Mute (2018) 720p
Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she's disappeared. But when Leo's search takes him deeper into the city's underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can't tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.
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The Reviews for Mute (2018) 720p
Ambitious and evocative, but also pretentious and impenetrable.Reviewed byTroy_CampbellVote: 5/10
I've been waiting all 2017 for this movie with a picture of Paul Rudd with mustache expecting for a great movie, and I'm completely disappointed, everything in this movie is bad, the story, the script, the characters, the ambient, and the movie is extremely slow and tedious.
The history is weak and repeated, the woman dramatically says "You don't know who I am" and we have our movie, I'm tired of this poor resource about the mystery of the poor girl.
The script is weak, the characters are poorly written with silly and exaggerated dialogues, many useless scenes lengthen the film that supposed to have 1 hour and 10 minutes, the fact that the character is mute don't complement anything in the history of the film, and his motivations are too exaggerated for such events.
The Acting was supposed to save the movie but the characters are so poorly written that it even harms the acting, they sell the movie as the face of Paul Rudd but it's Alexander Skarsg?rd who is the protagonist here, and he don't do anything new, I've seen this character so many times and he is that hero character who will do everything to rescue the maiden, used in the most linear way possible.Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux (Leftovers) are great actors, but their characters who are the best in the movie are still very poor, especially the character of Justin Theroux who starts well and gets worse every second without stopping.
And neither does the look of the movie save, enough of this Blade Runner copying, they don't know how to do different as if the city was forced to be wet every day, there is no future other than the wet one, and guess what, just not even rained in that place. The big city is always night there is no morning in that place, and when they leave the city it's that as if the future had only arrived in one place in particular and in the rest of the world is banned to ride a flying car.
I didn't hate this movie. In fact there are scenes that are downright great, a few excellent performances, solid music and cool (if inconsistent) cinematography. Unfortunately, the plot is a complete mess.
The story is, forty years in the future a mute, technologically-averse bartender searches the crime-ridden underworld of Berlin to find his missing girlfriend. Meanwhile, two criminals who perform illegal surgeries for the mob (played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) wander around doing odd jobs and having meandering conversations. The film cuts back and forth from these plotlines over the course of two overlong hours and doesn't find a way to make them intersect in an interesting way until far too late.
The bartender storyline is relatively straightforward, but the lead character is bland and uninteresting. You only get a few scenes between him and his girlfriend before she goes missing which aren't enough to make you care for the next 120 minutes and the rest of his screentime is spent going from location to location gathering increasingly convoluted clues. Alexander Skarsgaard, who plays the lead, isn't a bad actor but I feel like if he was replaced with someone more naturally expressive he would have been more relatable and less of a cipher. As it stands he's a generic quiet tough-guy with big puppy dog eyes who goes nuts if you disrespect someone he cares about. I've seen this character done so many times before.
The second storyline has the opposite problem: Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux are fantastic playing two distinct and interesting characters, their chemistry is wonderful and their relationship nuonced, but for most of their screentime they serve no function in the story and only one of them has a real objective (Paul Rudd). He wants to get out of the city, which he is planning to do, but the movie focuses more on him talking about this than actually doing it. This subplot, while occasionally delivering a great scene or two, has no momentum and again, doesn't go anywhere until the last 20 minutes.
Most of the film was just confusing. Towards the end character motivations and actions come out of nowhere and are inconsistent from scene to scene. There are a handful of twists in the last hour that are interesting but don't go anywhere or thematically add to anything. Skarsgaard can't speak so unless there's a close-up of his face scrunched in concentration or quivering in shock or sadness, I never know what he's thinking. We need a character who can help us navigate this futuristic world and we don't have it, and really, there's no need for this story to take place in the future at all. The story regularly changes what it's supposed to be about, from the meaning of love to the impact of technology, to crime, to changing gender dynamics, to family, and never really says anything interesting about any of it.
It's a shame because there are moments that are genuinely beautiful and atmospheric, and I noticed myself wanting to see more of the world and the characters than what we got. If the plot came together better and the themes were more fleshed out, this could have been something really special. I like Duncan Jones as a director (Moon was awesome), but unfortunately I feel as though this could've used a few more script polishes.