Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Mutant Chronicles - DVD Review


Starring Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Beno Furmann and John Malkovich.
Directed by Simon Hunter.

This low-budget sci-fi flick has a few guilty pleasures buried in it. For one thing, it's not worse than The Chronicles of Riddick, but I can't say it's better, and that is the movie it most reminded me of. For another, when John Malkovich is feeling really lazy, he can give hilariously self-parodic performances, and his extended cameo here is a prime example of that. Unfortunately it's only an extended cameo.

Former action-star-wannabe Thomas Jane leads the tough-guy charge in this new 28th-century Earth. Mankind was destroyed and then rebuilt and now we're in a world where four corporations control everything. A machine buried in the Earth has been loosed during one of the wars, and it's unleashed zombie-like guys with a giant pincher prod where their right arm should be. Makes it easy to kill people. Something like that.

The second half gets boring, as Jane and company just keeping shooting mutants, like watching someone else play a videogame.

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