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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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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

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English | German

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mudo See more »

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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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Title Card: In order to mold his people, God often has to melt them. Amish proverb
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Bright (2018) See more »

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Jim Jam
Written by Jim Schwall
Performed by The Siegel-Schwall Band
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Ambitious and evocative, but also pretentious and impenetrable.
26 February 2018 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Netflix has been going all-in on original content over the last few years, but until recently that was primarily through long-form narrative shows (one story told over multiple episodes) and disposable Adam Sandler movies. The last six months has seen the streaming service giant make a big push into A-grade feature length work (Mudbound, Bright, Cloverfield Paradox, to name just a few), and this sprawling sci-fi is arguably their most intriguing prospect yet. With ambitious auteur Duncan Jones given free rein on what he has expressed as his passion project, having concocted the story with childhood friend and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson, there's zero chance of it being dull. And dull it most definitely isn't, the propulsive story-a man scours the grimy underbelly of a futuristic Berlin when his girlfriend goes missing-keeps the viewer on their toes whilst the gorgeous realisation of a Blade Runner-esque tech-future is a pure feast for thine eyes. But here's the catch: with a reluctance to explain almost anything about this world, or provide character motivation for anyone other than Alexander Skarsgård's silent bartender Leo, the plot can be complicated to the point of pretentious. There are a lot of little flourishes and subtle touches that colour this universe, although they would have meant so much more if the overall context was clearer. As it stands these unexplained moments become increasingly frustrating, threatening to derail the whole movie. His acting skills well and truly put to the test, Skarsgård is likable enough as the gentle giant on a mission; however, Paul Rudd is horribly miscast as a scumbag AWOL soldier, his persistent mean-spirited goading of others regularly veering into pantomime. There is clearly a lot of passion and ambition on display with Mute, but while for some it will be evocative and demanding, for others it will simply be pompous and impenetrable. For me it's somewhere in the middle with the scales tipping ever so slightly towards the latter.


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