Not screened before release, Duncan Jones’ long in the works sci-fi thriller “Mute” was just released worldwide on Netflix. If you thought the reviews for “The Cloverfield Paradox”, the streaming giant’s other big sci-fi original film this month, were bad then you ain’t seen nothing yet.
“Mute” currently stands at just 6% with a 3.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. As a comparison the recent ‘Cloverfield’ scored 17% and a 4.5/10, while Jones’ maligned previous film “Warcraft” was a relatively stellar 28% with a 4.2/10 in comparison. On Metacritic the report isn’t much better with a 35/100, though that beats “Warcraft” (32) but comes in behind “Cloverfield Paradox” (37).
The film is set in the near future with a mute bartender trying to find his kidnapped girlfriend. Most of the reviews have the same complaints which speak to the opposite problem to that of studio interference – namely one of too much creative freedom.
The result is an over-congested and muddled jumble of at least two if not three different and disjointed narratives all shoved into a wannabe-“Blade Runner” aesthetic that never comes together. There are apparent hints of something greater, but they’ve been lost in the jumble of a film that, unlike many others, has had plenty of time and creative latitude which should’ve allowed for the kinks to be worked out.
“Mute” is now streaming worldwide.