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Mutants (2009)

In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a resourceful couple hides out in an isolated abandoned building. The woman is pregnant and the man is infected, slowly transforming into the kind of inhuman monster they are trying to escape.

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David Morlet (as David Morley)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Sonia
Francis Renaud ... Marco
Dida Diafat Dida Diafat ... Virgile (as Dida)
Marie-Sohna Condé Marie-Sohna Condé ... Perez
Nicolas Briançon ... Franck
Luz Mandon Luz Mandon ... Dany (as Luz Mando)
Driss Ramdi Driss Ramdi ... Abel
Grégory Givernaud Grégory Givernaud ... Paul
Justine Bruneau Justine Bruneau ... Jeune fille
Jérémy Loth Jérémy Loth ... Mutant
Sébastien Rouquette Sébastien Rouquette ... Mutant
Frédéric Troussier Frédéric Troussier ... Mutant
Cyril Hipaux Cyril Hipaux ... Mutant
Nicolas Leprêtre Nicolas Leprêtre ... Mutant
Cécile Corsalan Cécile Corsalan ... Mutante
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In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a resourceful couple hides out in an isolated abandoned building. The woman is pregnant and the man is infected, slowly transforming into the kind of inhuman monster they are trying to escape.

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

CTV International [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutanti See more »

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(European Film Market)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After being shot, Marcus is placed in the ambulance, Sonia goes to start the ambulance the fuel gauge is showing almost full. Thirty seconds down the road the light comes on. See more »

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Zombie Contagion Film That Offers its Characters the Cruelty of Hope
15 July 2009 | by LlakorSee all my reviews

In its very first minute, Mutants reminds us that in order to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse, it is best not to get too attached to anyone or anything.

And of course, the problem is that it is very easy to say that, but much harder to put theory into practice. The difficulty with zombies, besides the fact that they are the tireless, ravenous living dead is that they are monsters with the faces of our loved ones. Random zombies are a problem, but one that can be solved with ruthless application of violence. From Romero's Night of the Living Dead to Robert Kirkland's Walking Dead the most difficult zombies haven't been the faceless hordes, but the zombies that we knew when they were human, our sons, daughters, parents and lovers.

The zombies being offered in Mutants are viral mutants similar to the ones in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, but where Boyle's film gave us a transformation that was almost simultaneous with infection, Mutants offers a much crueler plight. It imagines a delay between infection to full viral mutation of about four days. The cruelty of a long and painful transformation (in this case strongly reminiscent of Cronenberg's The Fly) is that it offers the illusion that a cure is possible. In this case, the main character, Sonia, is a medical professional. (It is unclear if she is a doctor or a nurse.) Sonia's identity is vested in her belief that any disease can be cured, that her infected lover Marco can be saved and she has secrets that help convince her that a cure is possible, even likely.

This is heresy for zombie affliction afficionados, where the only true cure for infection is immediate amputation, but by flirting with heresy, Mutants asks some compelling questions. In the process, it offers an eloquent elegy to the moral quandary of euthanasia.

At what point is medical treatment crueler than death? At what point has your loved one become so consumed by disease that all that they were and all that they could be have been replaced by the disease? Where does humanity end and death begin? Bad enough to be faced with those impossible questions, but Morlet ups the ante on Sonia by reminding us that the inevitable zombie apocalypse is not just about the zombies, it is also about the apocalypse - the end of everything. The end of easy transportation, the end of gas, the end of warmth, the end of light, the end of communication, the end of parts, the end of bullets, the end of civility, the end of love and the end of trust.

The film is not perfect. It uses a but too much of the shock-cam technique currently in vogue. There are also a couple of steps in the mutation that make little sense. Mutant zombies losing their hair makes sense, but losing their teeth? Really? The reason that the zombie apocalypse is inevitable has everything to do with our voracious and insatiable appetite that will eventually overcome and overwhelm our ability to feed it. The zombie apocalypse is the contrast between the death of our ability to feed the hunger and the dark monstrous face of that hunger lying just behind the mask of civility.

David Morel reminds us in Mutants not just of that inevitability, but also that when the end comes it will be both painful and beautiful, and that the barrier between life and death, love and hate, civilization and chaos is not a barrier that is crossed in an instant. It is one that is crossed so slowly and the hair, the blood, the fluids and all the mess of life and living shed in the crossing are so distracting that by the time you know that you have passed the tipping point, it is too late to turn back.


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