Mutants (2009)

The world has been ravaged by a mysterious virus that has destroyed society and transformed the majority of human’s on the planet into blood lusting, flesh eating savage mutants.

Survivors and lovers Sonia and Marco (played brilliantly by Hélène de Fougerolles and Francis Renaud) are two of the few left struggling against the elements, the chaos and a horde of hungry zombies while trying to make it to the military station known as Noah which they believe is there only hope.

When Marco is bitten Sonia must face the harsh reality of losing her partner to the vicious virus as he begs her to end his life before his humanity is overtaken. Unable to let him go she decides to try and help him through the horrific transformation in hopes that a cure or a miracle will save them both before its too late.

With a name like Mutants you would have been excused for thinking first time French writer director David Morlet was making a superhero movie about Wolverine and his mates however this horror gets all its inspiration from the modern zombie movies which have flooded the market since 28 Days Later brought zombies back to life and made them all Olympic sprinters.

Any horror lover knows that the whole virus apocalypse super speedy zombie’s plot has been used a gazillion times before and the unoriginality in the characters, plot, location, monsters and situation in this film is a firm failing.

Every twist and turn, shock and scare, attack and escape is predictable to anyone who has watched a zombie movie from the last 8 years and even some who haven’t.

The use of this weak generic plot is a real pity for Morlet who delivers a competent and at times beautifully shot debut. The snowy exterior landscape and derelict hospital interior are bleached white and decaying like the world around the main characters.

The production values are high with the effects well done and the zombies although unoriginal in their appearance well realized.

Both actors are excellent and totally believable building a tragic twisted love story as Sonia desperately tries everything she can from stopping Marco’s inevitable morphing into a murderous mutant. Violent, passionate and poignant their struggle is the centerpiece of the movie and the most original moments and it is a shame that either side of this vignette lies generic banality.

Morlet is definitely a director to watch out for and as zombie movies go this is better than many however if you are looking for a new take on the overdone genre you wont find it here.

Morlet may call them mutants but they’re still just fast zombies to me.

Movie Rating: ★

★ ½ ☆ ☆ 

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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