What do Thomas Jane, Ron Pearlman, John Malkovich, Devon Aoki, and Sean Pertwee all have in common? Answer: they were all in a criminally overlooked film called...
I vaguely remember seeing a trailer or two for this, and then some ads on the back of some comics, and being that I must see all things with Thomas Jane, Sean Pertwee, Ron Pearlman, and of course Devoin Aoki, it was pretty much a given that I was interested in a movie that had all four. But then it just never came out, and I had no idea why.
So the dvd finally came out recently, and thanks to Netflix, I finally got a chance to sit down and watch it last night. Honestly, Mutant Chronicles doesn't break any new ground in storytelling, or any other aspect for that matter, but what it does do is entertain the hell out of you for almost 2 hours. The dialog is a bit hokey at times, sure...but what are we to expect from a movie based on a pen and paper tabletop rpg?
Your basic story is nothing you haven't seen a million times before, warring factions eventually cause the emergence of mutants from beneath the Earth's surface who seem determined to wipe out mankind. A secret brotherhood, who all believe in a book which foretold of the mutant uprising, send their chosen one (Pearlman) who is accompanied by a group of soldiers, into the heart of Mutant central to activate a bomb that will wipe them out.
Like I said, it's nothing original, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good movie. It's got some decent gore, a couple of laughs, and did I mention Devon Aoki? Definitely worth a rent, and I'm planning on eventually buying a copy. Check it out!