6 January 2009 @ 16:41The Mutant Chronicles (2008) Review
I doubt that I was the only person who thought that the combination of a mutants-vs-humans theme with actors Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Devon Aoki, and Sean Pertwee would turn out to be a fantastic movie. Unfortunately, the first word that comes to mind after seeing The Mutant Chronicles is “peculiar”.
The Mutant Chronicles has all the ingredients to be a fantastic action battle between humans and mutants. Somehow, it manages to disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, I was entertained by The Mutant Chronicles, but not nearly as much as I would have liked.
The Mutant Chronicles tells of The Machine which came to earth many years ago with the sole purpose of turning humans into mutants, however it was defeated and sealed underground in the hope that it would never again be uncovered. Now, the year is 2707, and during a battle between two mega-corporations, Capitol and Bauhaus, The Machine is unintentionally unearthed and begins transforming the soldiers into hordes of mutants. Some people escape the planet, but many others are left behind. The leader of an ancient brotherhood, Brother Samuel, organizes a small team of soldiers to infiltrate The Machine and plant a bomb in the hope of annihilating The Machine once and for all.
One of the most striking features of film is the set, or lack of. The Mutant Chronicles feels like the entire set is digital and at some points reminded me of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, only not nearly as pretty. Color saturation is very subdued with the exception of reds, most notably, blood splatters. The set style is what some might call “steampunk” — futuristic with very industrial and somewhat retro design. This might have worked better on a bigger budget, but in The Mutant Chronicles, a lot of scenes have a very cheap look. Honestly, the opening battle scenes that take place in the trenches are probably some of the best, and not surprisingly, probably are the least computer generated.
The acting was just okay. I’ve seen better acting from Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, and John Malkovich, but I don’t think their acting was the weakest part of the movie.
If you don’t take The Mutant Chronicles too seriously, and go into it planning laugh at the occasional silliness, then you just might enjoy it. Don’t expect from it anything near the quality of Doomsday or 300, and you will be fine.