Fifth about The Seventh

Mute (2018)

Mute: quite a few of the choices made by Duncan Jones are gratuitous, adding nothing to the proceedings and distracting from an otherwise fine noir-like story: setting it in the future, making the main character both a mute and an Amish. The plot unfurls as one would expect, as a journey through the underbelly of the city, and as the sci-fi aspects never come in play, this could be any place, any time. The same could be said about the main antagonists, straight out of post-WWII stories. Alexander Skarsgård looks right for the role, but his emoting leaves a bit to be desired; Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux are out-of-the-box choices for their roles, but they are effective.Production design, as well as costumes and make-up, don’t escape the usual tropes of sci-fi, but it’s well-done; cinematographer Gary Shaw makes use of the many-colored lights to good effect.

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