Set in a near-future Berlin, Mute is a neo-noir detective thriller about a speechless man who hits the dirty streets in search of his missing girlfriend and in that quest, is forced to engage with the city’s criminal underbelly. Although the film has an interesting backdrop and is visually brilliant, it is marred by strictly amateurish writing. Our main protagonist is not just visually but also technically challenged, and it is interesting to see how he ironically must rely on technology to solve the underlying mystery. However, such moments are limited and sadly the rest of the film is just not compelling enough. It is a shame that director Duncan Jones, who masterfully helmed one of my all time favourite sci-fi films – Moon, comes up with a half-baked script and chooses style over substance. Alexander Skarsgard is a decent actor and gives an earnest performance as the main lead. But the best part of the film by far is Paul Rudd , who in an uncharacteristic role outshines the rest of the cast and proves how multi-faceted an actor he is.
In the end, Mute is a strictly average fare and like its name has nothing much to say.
Rating – 2/5