Ah, Duncan Jones. It's anyone's guess at this stage what a retrospective of Jones' career will look like. For the record, we had no issues with Warcraft, a workmanlike fantasy adventure that for us probably benefitted from absolutely no prior experience of the Warcraft universe. This one? Well, we suspect Jones' work will always land in the 'worth checking out' category and Mute is no different.
A mash of sci-fi dystopia, gumshoe noir detective work and Alexander Skarsgård looking vulnerable and confused, this is a curious beast. Skarsgård is Leo, a mute since a mysterious boating accident as a kid, trying desperately to find out what happened to his girlfriend the day after she said mysterious things to him. Paul Rudd shows up as an army surgeon on the run for some reason and now reduced to fixing up gangsters in his basement.
Various threads do kind of come together in a not entirely satisfying ending but the real puzzler here is why the script is so clunky and what all this amounts to. Very much aping the Blade Runner aesthetic but without any of the real mystery, this is worth a look but probably won't linger in the mind.