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MARCH, 2018
Film

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Mute is a detective story set in a dystopian Berlin.
Disclaimer: There are no biases or exigent circumstances that affect the review for this movie.

Mute is another passion project from Duncan Jones, the acclaimed director of “Moon”. Unfortunately, his vision for the project is marred by a lacklustre script.

The scriptwriting for this movie was filled with cliches as both Duncan Jones and Michael Robert Johnson try to hard to provide a clever script, at the expense of character and intrigue.

There is an overabundance of characters in this film. At times it feels like the script was written with a quantity over quality mentality in regards to characters. This leaves the majority of characters written more like caricatures as opposed to genuine human beings.

Alexander Skarsgard as Leo
Photograph courtesy of  Liberty Films
The cast manages to play their roles, or at least make the most of the lack of material that is provided.

Alexander Skarsgard attempts to portray Leo, but the wooden character that he is provided leaves little room for him to flex his muscles as an actor.

The only saving graces in terms of the cast were Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. The pair managed to build a camaraderie that seems believable.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the cast. For example, the appearances by Noel Clarke and Rob Kazinsky, come across as wooden and uninspired.

Mute is another passion project from Duncan Jones, the acclaimed director of “Moon”. Unfortunately, his vision for the project is marred by a lacklustre script.
Duncan Jones vision for this universe appears uninspired. The setting for the world is akin to many other worlds set in a dystopian future.

The only saving grace for the film is that it is set in the same universe as Jones’ greatest achievement in film. However, this is only alluded to in a random easter egg.

Jones fails to deliver regarding compelling shots, which leads to elements of the film appearing bland and boring.

Justin Theroux as Duck Teddington
Photograph courtesy of  Liberty Films
Mute is a film that is far less engaging than it attempts to be. The action is uninspiring, the setting is played out, and the characters are stereotypical to the point of being bland.

Mute was not worth the watch.

Number of times I looked at my watch: Six

Recommendation: Watch this movie on Netflix, if you have exhausted all other options.