Moon director Duncan Jones says that his sci-fi movie Mute has a February premiere date on Netflix. News that Netflix would pick up the Blade Runner-esque movie was first revealed by star Alexander Skarsgård back in 2016. The public then got their first look at Mute via a set of images released back in January 2017.
Mute stars Skarsgård as Leo, a bartender living in a near-future Berlin. Leo became a mute in a childhood accident, and now the only good thing in his life is his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When Naadirah vanishes, Leo tries to track her down through the city’s noirish back alleys. A pair of “wise-cracking American surgeons” (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) may hold the only clues to Naadirah’s whereabouts.
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In a tweet, Duncan Jones let it drop that the long-awaited Mute will arrive on Netflix in February. Apparently Jones was supposed to keep the news under his hat but he just couldn’t help himself. See the tweet below:
Shhh! I’m not supposed to know yet!
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 8, 2018
The Blade Runner aesthetic will feature prominently on Netflix in coming months, with both Mute and Altered Carbon set to grace the streaming service. Altered Carbon goes far into the future to explore big changes in the very nature of humanity. By contrast, Mute sticks closer to the present day and promises a story that’s more about character than big ideas. The storyline of a lone man plunging into the seedy underbelly of the city sounds like classic noir. The images we’ve seen so far are true to the neon-colored look and ominous feel familiar from Blade Runner (and umpteen other sci-fi noirs over the years).
After breaking through with his relatively low-budget Moon, Duncan Jones went bigger with Source Code and then even bigger with Warcraft. Arguably, the quality of Jones’ work has gone down as his budgets have gone up. With Mute, Jones goes back down somewhat in terms of money, and that apparently means a return to the character-driven sci-fi he showed such a talent for on Moon. Jones’ ability to wring tension out of a relatively simple premise made Moon effective as a suspense film. Sam Rockwell’s lead performance also made Moon into an interesting study of a lone character dealing with a mysterious situation.
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With a strong cast and assured director, Mute could give Netflix another sci-fi hit. The streaming service just succeeded beyond expectations with their sci-fi fantasy Bright, much to the consternation of critics.
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