It's not looking too good...
Anticipated sci-fi movie Mute has received a string of negative reviews after making its debut on Netflix.
Directed by Moon helmer Duncan Jones, Mute is set in a futuristic imagining of Berlin where a mute bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) is forced to take on the city’s gangsters as he tries to unravel what happened to his missing partner.
But while it also boasts an impressive supporting cast featuring Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, it would seem that the final product is significantly less than the sum of its parts.
In a damning one-star review for The Guardian, Charles Bramesco described the film as a “Netflix disaster”.
“While Jones has never been lacking in ambition, here that quality seems more like a willingness to “go for it”. The depth of his creative commitment hasn’t turned shallow, but it has been applied to a collection of perilously bad impulses”, he wrote.
Similar criticism came from The Telegraph’s Ed Cumming.
He wrote: “The plot hangs on relationships which simply don’t ring true. Rudd, in particular, is poorly cast, lacking the menace his role demands. Jones conjured intimacy on the surface of the moon, but in the crowded streets of futuristic Berlin, there’s no real feeling.”
But despite the lukewarm critical reception, there was an altogether more positive reaction online.
“Just finished Mute, @ManMadeMoon it was so good great job man really. Everybody did great. I’ll be watching it again real soon”, one viewer wrote.
Another offered: “Mute is a pretty great film. The characters are interesting, the visuals are amazing, and the music was super cool. Duncan Jones has done a fantastic job! I only wish I could have seen it in the theater. “
Mute is available to watch on Netflix now.