Some patches of red do come across as noisy and unstable, and perhaps that's a side effect of the filmlike texture that's been infused after the fact into this digital production. If Mutant Chronicles is a video game, it's a pretty damned brutal one. When an alien force of undead Necromutants known as the Dark Legion prepares to attack the inhabited Mars, the Megacorporations assemble a band of warriors to destroy the warlord Alakhai. We never get any answers, and so the mutants come in mindless waves, a variation on zombies but lacking the pointed social commentary offered by the best Romero-esque films. So I am really happy to see a movie that is not like the others. Even in one of the extras, superfan Thomas Jane -- in between fawning over the flick -- says something after an early screening about how he thinks the blood is going to be fixed, but. Using a stack of passes offworld as bait, Samuel selects a handful of soldiers across the four corporations to mount a suicide mission: one last ditch effort to salvage the smoldering remains of the planet.
With a cast that includes Ron Perlman, John Malkovich, Thomas Jane, and Sin City's Devon Aoki, you'd expect Mutant Chronicles to be a mix of B-movie magic and modern, kick-ass cinematic grit. A warrior united various tribes to ditch the machine underground. The whole production just has that medium range budgeted, independently-produced, B-movie vibe emanating from it that so many Christopher Lambert movies possessed in spades. The documentary ends with a thoroughly relieved Hunter delivering the finished product literally hours before the deadline to catch some tax breaks from the British government. Malkovich's cameo finds him as the sickly leader of one of the mega-corporations, and he balks through his dialogue with more halts and pregnant pauses than a William Shatner monologue. Reviewed by Starring Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Anna Walton, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Pras, John Malkovich Directed by Simon Hunter Distributed by Derivative, disappointing, and often dull, I strongly suspect fans of The Mutant Chronicles role-playing game on which this film is loosely based are going to be sorely disappointed. The trouble is, we don't care about any of it.
Director Simon Hunter gives his film a distinct and ambitious visual style with tons of matte paintings and green screen — some painfully obvious in their one-dimensionality. A second montage features excerpts from three sequences that are shown in storyboard form, a second time with the cast acting against a huge green backdrop, and the final composited footage. Their only obstacle is the legion of mutants ready to tear them apart. However, a hero defeated the device and a great seal was laid over The Machine. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, Steam Punk, or Horror then I would say definitely worth checking it out. The first is a set of fifty pieces of conceptual art: the transformation of man into mutant as well as several different takes on the fully-formed creatures, battlegrounds, steampunk hardware, weaponry, and even different versions of the logo. These creatures flood out of the crater, hacking apart everyone and everything in their path.
Amid heavy combat, an ancient buried seal shatters, releasing a horrific mutant army from its eternal prison deep within the Earth. Despite the sheer volume of action, the pace really drags, even in this director's cut that's somewhere around ten minutes slimmer than the theatrical release. Mutant Chronicles film Steam powered war machines is an original idea for this type of film. Bullets whiz by, body parts are blown to bits, and grizzled men make grizzled conversation while swilling hooch. I was constantly reminded that I'm watching a movie and was never given a chance to fully escape into its story. Well, so is director Simon Hunter, who gives the visual scheme of the picture everything he's got, crafting a handsome gorefest only to be undermined by budget constraints and a laughably crude screenplay the actors seemed embarrassed to recite. There's also some infrequent banding but hardly enough to distract.
I personally loved the movie. An item that is used but still in very good condition. The cover art and liner notes are included. As they wage war on each other, a great seal is destroyed, opening up a vast hole in the Earth containing an alien machine capable of turning the living into vicious, body piercing mutants. The teeth of disk holder are undamaged. Fans will enjoy this track, and even those overly critical of the final product may muster some minor respect for the film after listening. Survivors in the cities seek out some sort of sanctuary offworld, but these steam-powered spacecraft can only carry so many, and those with the means are begging, borrowing, and stealing to score the treasured boarding passes think the letters of transit from.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy at the same time. It really is an exceptional effort: as startlingly thorough as its runtime would suggest yet so candid and playful that its pacing just breezes along; it's a two hour documentary but feels as if it's maybe half that. Fast-forward three minutes and the world is suddenly overrun by the hideous beasties, prompting mass-evacuations to other planets. Aoki basically reprises her Sin City role here, and her prowess with a sword is her character's only real contribution to the plot. After purchasing the movie and sitting down to watch it, I was stunned to encounter a production whose only relation to the games is similarly-named characters and a general level of technology although the reasons behind it are never explored in the movie. Video Mutant Chronicles looks about as flawless as it realistically can on Blu-ray.
Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind and battles rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations, The Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima, and Imperial. The film fails to give significant motivation for the suicide mission undertaken by the main characters. A machine from outer space landed on earth after the ice age intent on transforming mankind into mutants. A skirmish between the opposing forces of Capitol and Bauhaus inadvertently opens the seal to the pit wherein rests the infernal machine. The video game instructions and box are included.
Mitch, being the last survivor, is ultimately successful in activating the ancient device, causing the machine which was actually part of a spacecraft to blast off into space. Despite its short length, this featurette is still rather thorough, following the sketching of storyboards, peeking in on pre-production meetings, showing off the makeup and prosthetic effects, and offering a look at the shoot itself as well as the many months of effort afterwards. He recruits the tough Major '. The only thing the film really has going for it is the steam-punk aesthetic of its alternate universe. The video game instructions and box are included. As much as I want to like Mutant Chronicles, it's so badly botched that I'd have to say Skip It. There's no indication on the packaging that there's anything in particular waiting in the wings.