Duncan Jones is crafting a wildly ecclectic and diverse body of work, and Mute appears to be the latest example of his extraordinary writing and directing skills. His first film, Moon (2009), was a meditation on science fiction, a throwback movie that emphasized silence and character over visual effects and spectacle — if you haven’t seen Moon, you’re missing a sci-fi classic.
His follow-ups — Source Code and Warcraft — were more traditional Hollywood films. The former was well-received and the latter not so much, but both were financially successful (and that’s the name of the game in this industry). Mute falls somewhere in the middle, in terms of character, action, effects, and spectacle… and it’s actually set in the same universe as Moon.
We’re pretty jaded regarding sci-fi films these days, but the recent trailer for Mute promises something completely different. The atmosphere bleeds Blade Runner, the action screams Bourne Identity, and the sound… the sound is something else altogether… a direct bridge to Jones own Moon. You’d expect nothing less from the son of David Bowie.
Jones just released a new poster for Mute via Twitter, which pays homage to the forgotten Hollywood of the 1940s. It’s the kind of imagery that you’ll only see in vintage shops and art books — a hand-painted love letter to the kind of films nobody makes anymore.
As you know, theatrical screenings of @mute set to be incredibly limited, as the film is a Netflix release, but…
one very, VERY special screening of MUTE coming up in LA on the evening of the 22nd.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 14, 2018
If Mute is the kind of original film we can expect out of Netflix, the future of streaming is very exciting indeed.
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Mute hits Netflix on February 23, 2018.