Mutant Chronicles is a very atmospheric movie, that didn’t manage to deliver the final blow to the audience. I want to stay style over substance, but since this is a movie based on the role-playing game of the same name, that’s pointless. That being said, I really liked the whole corporate thing, I know it’s a bit overused, but the threat is not only real, but almost certain. The story is set in the future, where four powerful corporations rule the world. They are waging war (looks like World War I battles), and during these battles, an ancient machine buried deep in the earth, awoke and started producing and transforming humans into vicious mutants with a one arm as a powerful blade. And now a few chosen fighters must go to the machine, deep underground and destroy it.
A nice setup, don’t you think? As a fan of noir, Thomas Jane spearheaded this project with help from another face that’s easy to remember: Ron Perlman’s. If you haven’t checked out his movie Dark Country, it would be a nice watching after Mutant Chronicles. Movies like this require a huge amount of time dedicated to writing the setting and characters. Since this is such a strange world, there were endless possibilities to tie together some of the elements that, on their own, were not so interesting. The whole concept of steam-powered machines, unconventional firearms and mutants is immensely exciting, but all these things were only brushed upon. In the end, Mutant Chronicles is B-movie gem based on a role-playing game with distinctly noir cinematography, post-apocalyptic setting and an interesting story.
Director: Simon Hunter
Cast: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, John Malkovich, Anna Walton, Steve Toussaint, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Fun Facts: John Malkovich shot his role in two days.