“Mute” – Movie Review

This blog has always been about a little bit of everything – just like me.

Today got changed all because I checked out something added to Netflix for me.  I didn’t watch the show they previewed for me, but that led me to “Mute”, a movie already on my list, but not getting watched because I wasn’t really certain I would like it.

The movie, in the previews, looked to me like a mobster movie.  I’m not usually much for those.  And, indeed, it sorta was, in a “West Side Story” – “Romeo and Juliet” way.  No, not a musical.  However, the teaser listed it as a tag in “”Sci-fi”, so there you are.  I had to watch it.

Now, what follows may be just a bit of some spoilers, warning you so that, if you like complete surprises, you can leave now, go to Netflix, and watch it.  Yes, I will rate it about a 4-4,25 of 10, about a B to B+.

Okay, all of that out of the way, the movie is about a couple Naadi and her guy, the mute.  He is the main character.  Both work at a bar.  She is a waitress; he is a bar tender – yep, sci-fi strip bar.  Medicine is a very high technological marvel here, but there are still those, the Amish, like our mute, who oppose surgical solutions.  Naadi and he are deeply in love, but she tells him she has a secret.  Before she tells him what it is, she disappears.  Most of the rest of the movie deals with showing you who she is (slowly), the others in the film (explained throughout), and the “wham” last 16 minutes which are really fantastic.

Blood, gore ranks about a C+ to B-; action is slow, but there; plot is stretched through the entire movie.  Really slow for the first while, then it begins to crescendo, moving like a slow freight train – always going forward and nothing is going to stop it.

It surprised me several times.  There were moments when I thought, “What the heck is going on?” – but, by the end, all things fell together.

Bottom line: if you can handle some blood, violence, and stuff you usually find in “R” rated movies – you will be okay.  Not for the very faint-hearted, but good story and ending, though not so much a fairy tale thing.

Namaste,

Scott

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