In a tale set forty years into the future, a mute bartender searches for his missing girlfriend.
Director Duncan Jones has long been on my film interest radar. Son of the musician David Bowie, his first directorial debut was the 2009 film Moon, starring Sam Rockwell.
Moon is the tale of a man who has spent three years on the moon supervising a fully automated mining process. His contract has come to an end and he is waiting to go home. I won’t say anymore except to say you should catch this film if you can.
Duncan’s next film was Source Code Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, another sci-fi themed film that dealt with the complexities of time travel.
Finally, his last film was Warcraft, an adaptation of the long-running online multiplayer game. Whilst not a big box office hit, it was visually incredible in places with amazing CGI work used to bring the Orcs to life.
Now Duncan’s latest film is being released straight to Netflix with a limited theatrical run and is considered a spiritual sequel to Moon.
Mute is the story of a bartender, Leo Beiler (Alexander Skarsgård), who is searching for his girlfriend, Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh), in the city of Berlin forty years into the future. The only clue to her whereabouts is the recurring clues of two American surgeons, “Cactus” Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck Teddington (Justin Theroux).
Mute will debut on Netflix on the 23rd of February.
Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.