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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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Duncan Jones

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Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay by), Duncan Jones (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Levi Eisenblätter ... Young Leo
Rosie Shaw Rosie Shaw ... Young Sybille
Eugen Bauder ... Young Man
Livia Matthes ... Young Woman #1
Jarah Maria Anders ... Young Woman #2
Caroline Peters Caroline Peters ... Leo's Mother
Laura de Boer Laura de Boer ... Doctor
Grégoire Gros Grégoire Gros ... Doctor's Assistant
Alexander Skarsgård ... Leo
Seyneb Saleh ... Naadirah
Robert Sheehan ... Luba
Paul Rudd ... Cactus Bill
Daniel Fathers ... Sgt. Robert Kloskowski
Nikki Lamborn ... Rhonna
Noel Clarke ... 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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UK | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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2.00 : 1
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The knife that Paul Rudd's character uses is called a Bowie knife. Named after the 19th-century American pioneer James "Jim" Bowie for whom it was created, the director, Duncan Jones' famous singer father, David Bowie actually took his stage name from him/it. See more »

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[last lines]
Josie: You sound funny.
Leo: So do you. I'll take you to your grandmother. She misses you.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpoint)
Arranged by Lucas Cordalis, Kai Soffel and Peter Ries
Performed by Daniela Katzenberger and Lucas Cordalis
Courtesy of El Cartel Music
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Promising Storyline, Messy Screenplay, Uninteresting Character
25 February 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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