Duncan Jones' latest movie Mute has arrived on Netflix and, unfortunately for the streaming service, it looks like this is another critical disaster. Netflix has been investing heavily in premium content and big-budget movies from established directors. Mute is the latest example, but these projects haven't been panning out how Netflix and the filmmakers have hoped, as many of them have been ripped to shreds by critics upon arrival. Despite a gorgeous marketing campaign that started just a few weeks ago, Mute is now the latest movie to suffer such a fate.
Mute is currently sitting at a very poor 11 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with just three "fresh" reviews counted. The audience rating doesn't paint a much better picture, as it currently sits at just 52 percent. Needless to say, that's not what Duncan Jones or Netflix were hoping for. Here's what Entertainment Weekly had to say about Mute in their review.
"Early trailers made it look like a neon-noir cross between Blade Runner and The Fifth Element. Sadly, it's just another airless dud in red packaging."
Mute takes place In a Berlin of the future and centers on a mute bartender's search for his missing lady-love that takes him deeper and deeper into the city's criminal underbelly. It serves as the culmination of Duncan Jones' trilogy that also includes Moon and Source Code, which were both movies that are generally well-liked, so it's a bummer that this new movie doesn't seem to be on par with his past efforts. Jones is a filmmaker that many are rooting for, despite Warcraft and now Mute not meeting expectations, and much of the negativity seems to stem from a frustration with the final product not meeting its potential. Here's what Paste Magazine had to say about it.
"Mute, unlike its title character, seems to have no shortage of things to say. If only its voices would stop talking over one another, it might be something special."
Not everyone is so quick to tear Mute a new one. IndieWire says, "Jones is clearly striving to develop something fresh out of well-trodden material, and Mute at least exhumes Jones' stature as a notable auteur." While that's not glowing, it certainly gives the movie some credit. CinemaBlend also had a lukewarm, positive take on Mute. Here's what they had to say about it.
"Blade Runner's kinky cousin. ... What Mute lacks in originality, it makes up for in risky storytelling and unpredictably grimy plot decisions."
Netflix's recent, big-budget efforts have not managed to land with critics. Even though Bright, which carried a $90 million price tag, is getting a sequel, the movie was thrashed critically upon arrival. They also missed the mark with The Cloverfield Paradox. Though, that was an already finished movie they scooped up from Paramount at the last minute, but it still may not be worth the more than $50 million they spent on it. Sadly for sci-fi fans who were hoping for something special, it looks like Mute just isn't going to do the trick. If you want to judge for yourself, Mute is now streaming on Netflix.