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Mute (2018)

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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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Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay by), Duncan Jones (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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 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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The opening music to the film is an orchestral arrangement (by Philip Glass) of the song 'Heroes', originally written and performed by David Bowie as part of his "Berlin trilogy" of albums. David Bowie is director Duncan Jones' father. 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 »

Soundtracks

Ihr Kinderlein Kommet
Written by Christoph von Schmid and Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
Performed by Santa Claus & The Snowmen
Courtesy of Seyffert Production
By arrangement with The Orchard and Fine Gold Music
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Great Story, not half bad
26 February 2018 | by lojohn-77131See all my reviews

When I saw the initial reviews, I immediately prepared for disappointment. Turns out, the movie was great. Easily 7 to 7.5 and maybe a narrow 8/10 for me. It is technically above average, 3/10 is plain ridiculous.

I have to say this film is more drama than thriller. And yes, it can use a bit of refinement on pacing, and does lack a bit of punch. However, it did tug on my heartstrings on certain spots, and showcased a range of complex relationships and emotions between the characters. It's great fun because in the end, its hard to tell who the villain is. I say this as a person who appreciates Drama and slow tempo Art films.

This film is not meant to be: 1) a blockbuster thriller 2) a hard Sci Fi that pushes philosophical questions

Rather, it is more of a drama / tragedy that effectively uses the Sci Fi backdrop to highlight the contrasting character of the protagonist Leo. Who is a sensitive soul and a man pure at heart who is unaffected by all the neon signs and the madness that surrounds him.


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