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Review: Mutants

Jul. 23, 2009by: Chris Bumbray
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Plot: After a plague turns most of France into a zombie (or, in this film mutant) wasteland, emergency room doctor, Sonia (Hlne de Fougerolles), and her paramedic lover, Marco (Francis Renaud), hole up in Sonias former hospital. Tragically, a scuffle with some infected mutants , leaves Marco infected- and Sonia, who appears to be immune from the virus that causes transformation, begins treating him in vain, hoping to somehow reverse the virus.

Review: Im somewhat torn on this one. While I was thoroughly entertained by MUTANTS, I could not shake the fact that this whole serious, dont call them zombies, thing has been done to death recently. Basically, this movie is 28 DAYS LATER en francais, and when all is said and done, does not really offer anything new to the genre.


Still, the fact remains that the film IS entertaining, and well made. Director David Morlet has made a good looking, slick film, and the opening sequence, set in a speeding ambulance, is amazing, and immediately drew me into the film. Really, the whole first half of the film is excellent, with stars Fougerolles, and Renaud, making an immediately likable, and convincing couple. Once hes infected with the mutant virus, Renaud gets a couple of bravura sequences depicting his slow and agonizing transformation that really shook me up.

Sadly, the film really goes off the rails once other, more sinister survivors (including all the clichd stock characters- from the psycho leader, and his horny girlfriend, to the stoic, bald badass- who, of course, turns out to have a heart of gold) show up at the hospital.. I couldnt believe how blatantly a few sequences were stolen from the climax of 28 DAYS LATER, and the ending of the film was as predictable as can be.


Overall though, MUTANTS is not a bad film at all, just an incredibly derivative one. I was reasonably entertained by it, and the Fantasia audience seemed to enjoy it. If youre a fan of the whole zombie apocalypse genre (and really- who isnt?), you should check it out once the film hits DVD. It doesnt reinvent the genre, but it entertains, which is more than can be said for a lot of recent zombie films.

Grade: 6.5/10

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12:05AM on 11/25/2010
This was actually pretty good, it didn't break any new grounds and it has a tired theme but the action, gore, pace, performances and atmoshere make up for that. This movie is like a cross between The Road, The Crazies, 28 Days Later and Carriers, to me that's not a bad combo but unfortunately it's not as good as most of them. What I liked the most about it was the emotion and the bond between the lead actress and her infected husband and the fight for survival until the somewhat satisfying
This was actually pretty good, it didn't break any new grounds and it has a tired theme but the action, gore, pace, performances and atmoshere make up for that. This movie is like a cross between The Road, The Crazies, 28 Days Later and Carriers, to me that's not a bad combo but unfortunately it's not as good as most of them. What I liked the most about it was the emotion and the bond between the lead actress and her infected husband and the fight for survival until the somewhat satisfying ending that was kind of anti climatic. Overall not completely original and it was pretty predictable for the most part but the way they delivered it was a good effort to me and I have to give them props for that but definitely not a must see or repeat viewing but if you are not sick of these type of movies it's very watchable. 3 stars out of 5.
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