Synopsis: Mitch Hunter, a soldier from the 28th century, leads a fight against an army of mutants from the underworld.
Tagline: Welcome to the 23rd century. The new dark ages.
Release Date: 2009-4-24 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
Trailer: Mutant Chronicles
Mutant Chronicles Review
John Malkovitch, Ron Perlman, and Thomas Jane make for an interesting assortment of cast. In fact, I’m quite curious as to how they managed to hook that particular group of actors for this particular movie. None of them are exactly A-list, but I was still a bit surprised. Simon Hunter , with few directing credits to his name, brings the film a shooting style that is vaguely Sin City-ish, though not as extreme. Mutant Chronicles started life as a pen-and-paper game, and was popular enough to have several spin-off items, including its own set of comic books. However good the game might have been, though, it doesn’t translate at all to the film.
Mutant Chronicles is a prettily shot bit of fluff that tries to masquerade as a half-arsed war movie. Honestly, I think I’d like it better if it wasn’t so well-shot. Then I could just indulge myself with the belief that it’s so bad it’s good instead of wondering why they wasted nice cinematography on a script better suited to d-level actors and a budget of under a million bucks.
Overall, plenty of action and plenty of great cinematography should have created a visually appealing piece, especially for those that only need a bare bones plot to enjoy their action, but it fell ridiculously flat. I can’t even say that I truly dislike the film. It couldn’t conjure up enough energy in me to make me actively dislike it. Give this one a pass, folks, there’s much better films that all three of these actors have played in. But, hey, maybe I’m a plebian and just can’t get this fine art thing. See if I’m right by renting the Mutant Chronicles now on Amazon.