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Mute (2018)

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A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Leo
Rosie Shaw ... Young Sybille
... Young Man
... Young Woman #1
... Young Woman #2
Caroline Peters ... Leo's Mother
Laura de Boer ... Doctor
Grégoire Gros ... Doctor's Assistant
... Leo
... Naadirah
... Luba
... Cactus Bill
... Sgt. Robert Kloskowski
... Rhonna
... Stu
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Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she's disappeared. But when Leo's search takes him deeper into the city's underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can't tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.

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He doesn't need words.


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Mudo  »

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It was almost made into an animated film using motion captured CGI. See more »

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Symphony No. 4 (Heroes)
Written by Philip Glass from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by Sinfonieorchester Basel
Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies
Courtesy of Orange Mountain Music
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Promising Storyline, Messy Screenplay, Uninteresting Character
25 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

In the near future, in Berlin, the Amish bartender Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) works in a bar with his beloved girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh) and her gay friend Luba (Robert Sheehan). Leo is mute since he was a boy and had an accident in a lake. His mother, averse to technology, did not let Leo to be submitted to a corrective surgery since she believed God would heal him. Meanwhile, the American surgeons Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux) work for the local gangsters. Cactus Bill has a daughter and dreams on returning to the United States, but he does not have documentation since he deserted the army. His hope is to get fake documents with the mobsters so that he can go back home. His partner Duck has documents but is a pedophile and likes to live in Berlin. When Naadirah vanishes without a trace, Leo seeks her out and goes to the underworld of Berlin, where his life entwines with Cactus Bill and Duck. Will he find his beloved Naadirah?

"Mute" is a disappointing film by the cult-director Duncan Jones. Despite the good acting and great music score and cinematography that recalls "Altered Carbon", the promising storyline fails mainly because of the messy screenplay and the uninteresting lead character. Most of the viewers certainly wants to like "Mute", but Leo does not help since it is an unattractive and annoying character. In the end credits, Duncan Jones dedicates this film to his father David "Bowie" Jones and to his beloved nanny Marion Skene, an incredible woman for caring for him as a toddler when his parents split. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Mudo" ("Mute")


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