Duration: 2h 6min
Director: Duncan Jones
Screenplay: Duncan Jones & Michael Robert Johnson
My must watch movie recommendation for to day is Mute (2018) starring Alexander Skarsgård! Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish treasure! So when The Boyfriend suggested we watch this movie, I nodded my approval. Of course, Paul Rudd is in it as well, and who can say no to anything Paul Rudd is in?
At the beginning of the movie, you see young Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) injured and bleeding, floating in the water after what appears to be a gruesome boating accident, where he got hit by the propellers and almost killed. Because they are devout Amish, his mother refuses to allow the doctor to operate on him to save his voice. This leaves Leo mute. Not that Alexander Skarsgård needs to talk anyway – he has been blessed by the gods of “Damn, you look FINE.”
The movie is set in 2052 Berlin, Germany. It is extremely futuristic, but because Leo is Amish he looks somewhat out of place among all the modern people, flying cars, and neon lights. He doesn’t even have a cell phone!
Leo works as a bartender at a strip club. His girlfriend, Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh) works as a waitress at the same club. A few minutes into the movie his girlfriend, Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh), disappears and he then goes on a mission to find her.
His path crosses with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux) in his search for Naadirah. Cactus Bill and Duck are best friends who also happen to be black market doctors. They work for Maksim (Gilbert Owuor), the owner of the strip club where Leo and Naadirah work. Cactus Bill is trying his best to make money to get him and his daughter out of Berlin and back to America, but things just keep going wrong. You kind of feel sorry for Cactus Bill because it seems he is doing all these bad and illegal surgeries just to get money for his daughter. As the movie progresses you realize the horrible truth…
It was refreshing to see Paul Rudd play the antagonist.