Mutant Chronicles

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
Mutant Chronicles Movie Poster Image
Stylized, slapdash sci-fi bloodbath is gory and grim.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While much of the film's action is depicted as being toward a greater good, the film is so violent and hard-bitten that it makes it hard to sift the good out from the bloody background. There's extensive discussion of corporate control, as the four multinational companies who run the world wage and fight wars.

Violence

Constant, blood-spurting, sci-fi war violence, much of it perpetrated by hideous monsters. Explosions from artillery kill people; there are images of bloody field surgery, as well as dead and wounded bodies (including people shot in the head). The monsters use their clawed hands to kill, impale, and slash human beings, with the effects shown in blood-spurting, slow-mo close-up. Eviscerated human beings are seen dropping their guts to the ground. Limbs are lopped off.

Sex

Crude discussion of sexual conduct. Soldiers imply that they'll take sexual advantage of a woman they're rescuing from certain death.

Language

Constant strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "bastards," "ass," "faggot," "motherf---er," "short hairs," "Christ," "pendejo," and more.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent smoking; characters drink hard liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie in theaters and not the Director's Cut that's available on DVD. This violent sci-fi action movie is bloody, gory, and grim. A man kills a wounded comrade in arms at point-blank range; skulls are penetrated by monsters' inhuman claws; extensive swordplay means limbs and heads are lopped off with remarkable frequency -- and so on. Plus, the film's overall tone is bleak, with a resigned cynicism that both evokes the old-school war films and makes the film a bit of chore to watch. You can also expect constant strong language, some crude sex talk, smoking, and drinking.

User Reviews

Written byAnonymous August 14, 2009

We didn't finish the movie, it's that bad

The movie is ultra violent, shot in sepia tone (not a plus here), with shallow, predictable characters and an even shallower plot line. The only interesting pa... Continue reading
Adult Written byYldnole May 3, 2009

Good but very violent

Rented this On Demand and it surprised the heck out of me. Yery dark and ULTRA violent ..but also very cool...Thomas Jane did a good job as the brooding hero...... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGAMER117 August 8, 2009

GOOD FOR TEENS

LIKE IT BUT BLOODY

What's the story?

In a far-flung future, the remnants of humanity toil -- and fight -- under the control of four major corporations. A battle unearths the hidden catacombs where, centuries ago, flesh-hungry mutants were successfully entombed after their rampage to destroy humanity was defeated. With the mutants now loose, a holy man assembles a rag-tag team of soldiers and experts to journey into the bowels of the Earth and destroy the infernal machine that turns men into blood-hungry monsters before the world is destroyed.

Is it any good?

Shot with a computer-aided technique that evokes the stylish look of films like Sin City and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, MUTANT CHRONICLES has a high-tech look and style to spare. But the film's gory, tedious action makes it a bore. The melding of sci-fi ideas and retro-tough sensibility in the script (the team of soldiers is made up of cynics, survivors, and nihilists) also makes it tough to root for the suicide mission.

Director Simon Hunter's over-the-top violence and gore is also so excessive that it would almost be laughable if it weren't so grisly; the violence feels like a substitute for screenwriting and character development. Full of cliches and wholly unsurprising "surprises," Mutant Chronicles is dreary, dull, and shallow despite -- or perhaps because of -- its unrelenting gore.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether sci-fi/fantasy violence has more or less impact than other kinds of media violence. Why? What kinds of consequences do different types of violence have in movies and TV shows?

  • Families can also discuss how faith is portrayed in the movie, from its tagline ("Have faith") to the fact that the heroes are dispatched by a holy order of priests. Do you think the filmmakers are trying to send specific messages?

Movie details

For kids who love Sci-Fi and scares

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