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on April 6, 2009
This movie was a fun Steampunk Sci-Fi Adventure. Predictable but much better than most of the cookie cutter Hollywood garbage that has been in the theaters lately. All in all it was a very good war movie and worth while.
Loved the fact that I was able to watch a pre-theatrical release at home. for those of you who thought it was overpriced, 9.99 is what you pay to see a movie in the theater and I watched it with my sons, saving an addition $30.00, so this movie was a bargain. I'd highly recommend this movie to people who like the genre. Special effects were good and I really enjoyed the steampunk aspect of the weapons and vehicles. COAL POWERED SPACECRAFT AWESOME!
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on August 3, 2009
There are movies that are released that you think will be good, movies you hope will be good and movies you want to be good. On occasion it happens. But for the most part, as with MUTANT CHRONICLES, it never quite makes the mark.

Based on a role playing game, the basic outline was there. Fans of the game though have complained at the changes made. In any event, we are presented with a world of the future ruled by four warring corporations constantly in battle. During the latest conflict, a seal set in the ground is broken and an army of zombie like mutants, each with one single spear-like arm, is unleashed.

History reveals that this seal was put in place by a religious order when an alien spacecraft descended to Earth and began changing men into these mutants. Nearly defeated, man conquered this invasion and sealed the machine in the ground. The order maintained a book telling the tale as well as preparing for the day the seal might be broken. That day is now.

As mankind heads off planet to Mars, Brother Samuel (Ron Perlman) puts together a rag tag group of misfits who man be the planet's last hope. Former combatants are now untied to save the world as instructed by the chronicles. Armed with a secret bomb they don't even know how to use, they head deep underground towards the machine with the hopes of destroying it.

Among this group are the lesser characters, those that you know are just fodder for the mutant horde to follow. But the natural leader of the group is Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane) who seems cynical to the extreme but whose humanity shines through at the oddest moments. Along the way he saves a group of survivors and later attempts to rescue his old commander from the mutants.

The mission is much like those seen in team flicks like THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and THE DIRTY DOZEN. It's a suicide mission at worst and a chance for redemption and salvation at the end at best. Each team member has a reason to be here since each was given 2 tickets to get someone off world. Now it's up to them to save this one.

The movie itself is well made, the special effects extremely well done for being made on a shoestring budget. The look and feel of this world is both threatening and interesting at the same time. And the gore, while CGI created, flows when slashes and explosions come forth. But at the same time it feels kind of hollow.

The actors involved were enthusiastic about the project as seen in the special feature where they appeared on a panel at last year's Comic Con to promote the film. And their performances are pretty good. Yet something is missing.

This is not to say you won't enjoy the film. It does offer and action-adventure flick that will keep fans watching. It offers science fiction fans a look at a steam-punk world of coal driven spaceships and blast cannons. And it does entertain. And yet...

I may be in the minority. I recall a world in the sixties where the outlook of science fiction was one of hope. We watched STAR TREK which showed us a world of possibilities and co-operation and equality, where there were no bounds that we couldn't overcome. And yet in the late 70s and early 80s that changed and suddenly we were shown a future where cities had fallen, people wore rags and the heroes were few and far between.

This movie falls into that latter category. Perhaps that's why I can't say it's great. Perhaps that's why I can't say I loved it. Yes, I enjoyed it and yes it was entertaining. I would recommend this as one to watch but as for adding to your collection? Perhaps not.

As for the blu-ray aspects of this film they come into play with the sharpness and clarity offered. Every item on screen is crystal clear from the drops of rain that overflow in the films opening sequence to the drops of blood that fly when during the final battle with the mutants. Does it enhance anything from the movie itself? Probably not. But then for me at least, the clearer the picture the better.
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on November 9, 2009
I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this litte film.

I loved the look of the movie--it had a sort of retro-future feel to it. I absolutely loved the look of the technology, the coal-powered flying machines were just about as awesome as anything I have ever seen in any movie.

The characters were well-played by all of the actors (including a small part by John Malkovich, and a favorite of mine--Ron Perlman). Thomas Jane did a terrific job as the lead character. His scene at the end of the movie was perfect.

I am impressed with what the director (Simon Hunter) did with a small budget and will definitely be watching for any other films directed by him.

What more can I say--it was great fun for me!
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Mutant Chronicles finally makes its way to DVD, and despite some negative press surrounding it, the film as a whole isn't so bad at all. Taking place in the distant future where Earth is run by four warring corporations, a race of mutants is awakened and begins laying waste to everything and everyone in sight. Spiritual elder Brother Samuel (Ron "Hellboy" Perlman) thinks he knows how to lead humanity to salvation, so he gathers a crew of soldiers for a suicide mission. Most notably among them are Thomas Jane (The Mist, Hung) as rugged soldier Mitch Hunter, and Sin City's Devon Aoki; and they all make their descent to save the world. While Mutant Chronicles is capably directed and features CGI effects that range from halfway decent to Sci-Fi Channel (or is it ScyFy Channel now?) quality, the film's biggest flaw lies in its pacing. The first half of the film is sadly boring, but it does manage to pick itself up for the second half, and doesn't let go as the film races towards its conclusion. Jane and Perlman are good, and despite the dim lighting, there are some fairly decent action scenes to be found here. All in all, Mutant Chronicles isn't anything special in the least, but it is definitely worth a look for sci-fi/action fans at the very least.
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Mutant Chronicles finally makes its way to DVD, and despite some negative press surrounding it, the film as a whole isn't so bad at all. Taking place in the distant future where Earth is run by four warring corporations, a race of mutants is awakened and begins laying waste to everything and everyone in sight. Spiritual elder Brother Samuel (Ron "Hellboy" Perlman) thinks he knows how to lead humanity to salvation, so he gathers a crew of soldiers for a suicide mission. Most notably among them are Thomas Jane (The Mist, Hung) as rugged soldier Mitch Hunter, and Sin City's Devon Aoki; and they all make their descent to save the world. While Mutant Chronicles is capably directed and features CGI effects that range from halfway decent to Sci-Fi Channel (or is it ScyFy Channel now?) quality, the film's biggest flaw lies in its pacing. The first half of the film is sadly boring, but it does manage to pick itself up for the second half, and doesn't let go as the film races towards its conclusion. Jane and Perlman are good, and despite the dim lighting, there are some fairly decent action scenes to be found here. All in all, Mutant Chronicles isn't anything special in the least, but it is definitely worth a look for sci-fi/action fans at the very least.
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on May 24, 2015
The Mutant Chronicles

This movie had no success at all on the big screen, which is a pity. The producers spent plenty to make an atmospheric, dark, bloody and quite effective film. It came to only two theaters in the US for a one week run. It deserved better.
Veteran actor Thomas Jane, a solder, joins Ron Perlman, a priest of an ancient order, and a band of warriors to attack the alien machinery that turns people into undead killing machines. The action takes place 10,000 years after the first alien attack that nearly succeeded in wiping out humanity. The alien artifact, a gigantic underground city filled with the mother of all steam and flame factories, had been sealed by the founder of Perlman’s religious order. Humans, fighting against one another, blow the sealed city open, releasing hordes of fast moving undead creatures manufactured from humans.
While humans that can get passage flee to other planets, the intrepid band treks across a planet under attack by the mutants. Lots of very gory fighting ensues. As part of the mutation process, one arm of the former humans is changed into a large cutting blade. This adaptation proves quite effective in dispatching opponents.
This is British director Simon Hunter’s third outing. We think that his showing here will recommend him to future producers. Along with Jane and Perlman, who have leading roles, quirky actor John Malkovich has as small role as the leader of one of the four human corporations that rule the world. In every respect this film is a cut above the normal low budget films that typically make up the general run of the genre. We have the sense of a genuine world, different and strange, for the characters to inhabit.
Even though the film brought in a scant $1.6 million world wide at the theaters, I recommend with a strong three brains. The film runs for one hour and 51 minutes.
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Mutant Chronicles is an entertaining and well produced movie that has Sci-Fi, Steam-Punk, Zombie, horror, and Post-Apocalyptic elements. This was a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be.

No plot spoilers from me; the movie's back story is a little weak, but it doesn't really detract much from the movie as there are hints (both verbal and visual) that help to fill in some of the questions. Once the action starts, it is fairly easy to get into the story. The world of the 2700s is divided into four corporate blocks, each fighting to control the few remaining resources of the planet. This is literal fighting with armies battling the old fashioned way, which leads to a very surrealistic opening scene. The story follows a band of soldiers who attempt a last ditch effort to save the earth from zombie like mutants that the fighting has inadvertently unleashed. There really isn't any subplot and there is minimal character development beyond what's needed to build some viewer rapport with the main heroes.

The fighting action is very good and the special effects are decent enough to sell the futuristic steam-punk technology. The outstanding cinematography uses effective camera angles, lighting, and desaturated colors (except on the blood and certain uniform colors) to enhance the mood and feel of the very gritty environment.

This was a very watchable movie that crosses quite a few genres, but if you like zombie\monster movies, then you will likely like this one as well. There is also a possible hook for a sequel.

Recommended!
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VINE VOICEon September 10, 2009
The Mutant Chronicles is everything an action / adventure movie should be. In fact, it is exactly the same as all the action / adventure movies that you know. A machine makes humans into mutants (the bad guy) and threatens the world (the problem) so a rag-tag group of survivors come together (the heroes) to stand against the machine with the universe at stake. What makes this movie special is how this story is done.

Too many of these types of movies come out. Some with over the top special effects (Wanted), over the top characters (Hell Boy), or over the hill characters (Indiana Jones). What makes some of these movies better than others is not that the story is better but that the concept or characters are interesting. The Mutant Chronicles is interesting because of the setting.

The earth in this film is futuristic and ancient at the same time. The cool effects (reminiscent of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) brings together World War I looking soldiers with futuristic energy weapons, modern weapons like grenades and machine guns and mixes them with the mutants (with long spear-like appendages) who are susceptible to swords rather than bullets (unless they are really big bullets).

You know what you are gonna get with a movie like this. The Mutant Chronicles takes that same old formula and keeps it interesting. I enjoyed this movie more than I enjoyed the movies above for exactly these reasons. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun action filled movie.
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on August 30, 2009
Only the most cynical viewers could dislike this movie. If you're a fan of classic melodramatic sci-fi with 80s style characters, abundant special effects and unique sets / weapons / props then you will most likely LOVE this movie! This is one of those very satisfying movies that plays like a great adaptation of an early 80s comic serial from 'Heavy Metal' magazine (the adult comic fantasy / sci-fi magazine)! I wish I could have seen it in the theater! There are moments and spots of dialog that make the cynics cringe but it's a fun movie that is refreshingly unpredictable with stunning scenes of violence suddenly erupting and crucial characters getting ripped apart with stunning ferocity! Only those who are spoiled by Hollywood FX and hip dialog will dislike this movie. Those who prize imagination and a fun viewing experience overall will love it! This belongs on any true sci-fi lover's shelf next to Enki Bilal's 'Immortal' and Danny Boyle's 'Sunshine' as one of the better examples of highly imaginative modern sci-fi.
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Mutant Chronicles finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray, and despite some negative press surrounding it, the film as a whole isn't so bad at all. Taking place in the distant future where Earth is run by four warring corporations, a race of mutants is awakened and begins laying waste to everything and everyone in sight. Spiritual elder Brother Samuel (Ron "Hellboy" Perlman) thinks he knows how to lead humanity to salvation, so he gathers a crew of soldiers for a suicide mission. Most notably among them are Thomas Jane (The Mist, Hung) as rugged soldier Mitch Hunter, and Sin City's Devon Aoki; and they all make their descent to save the world. While Mutant Chronicles is capably directed and features CGI effects that range from halfway decent to Sci-Fi Channel (or is it ScyFy Channel now?) quality, the film's biggest flaw lies in its pacing. The first half of the film is sadly boring, but it does manage to pick itself up for the second half, and doesn't let go as the film races towards its conclusion. Jane and Perlman are good, and despite the dim lighting, there are some fairly decent action scenes to be found here. All in all, Mutant Chronicles isn't anything special in the least, but it is definitely worth a look for sci-fi/action fans at the very least.
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