Posted by LiveFor on July 24, 2009
Julian Marsh (Jake Hoffman) is an out of work ladies’ man who lands a job directing a bizarre adaptation of Hamlet named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. After casting his best friend (Kris Lemche) and his ex-girlfriend (Devon Aoki) in the show, Julian finds himself in the middle of a two thousand year old conspiracy. The play was written by a master vampire name Theo Horace (Milo Ventimiglia) and explains the connection between Shakespeare, the Holy Grail and some sexy vampires. Now it’s up to Julian to recover the Grail and reverse the vampire’s curse…If only being undead wasn’t so much God-damned fun!
Thanks to Street Pete and Film Snobbery for passing this one on.
Check out the official site.
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Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2009
Movieweb had these new images from The Mutant Chronicles. They look pretty good don’t they. Sadly, I have seen the film and it had so much potential but it just didn’t work for me. Check out The Mutant Chronicles review.
In the year 2707, war rages between earth’s four giant corporations as they battle over the planet’s dwindling resources. In an era marked by warfare and social regression, the earth is on the verge of ruin, destruction is everywhere; battles explode on every ravaged continent. Amidst heavy combat, an errant shell shatters an ancient buried seal releasing a horrific mutant army from its eternal prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a single squad of soldiers descends into the earth to fulfill the ages-old prophesy of the Mutant Chronicles and save mankind.
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Posted by LiveFor on September 27, 2008
Director: Simon Hunter
Starring: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, John Malkovitch, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Pras
Running Time: 5 / 10
Score: 111 minutes
This review by Great Cthulhu.
Somehow this is just another example of a brand name being thrown into the shredder of film-making. One asks why? Especially with the rather unknown Mutant Chronicles (a role playing game, later board game, etc.). Well, I did play MC for a time maybe 14 years back and I liked it. So I looked forward to the movie – at least the cast looked good. But, at it was with many game/book/play/whatever turned into a movie – it had the same name, but most of the original background story is twisted, strangely falsified or just completely ripped out.
One has to ask why? While some changes always occur when converting something into a movie – for sake of pacing, storytelling, etc. – some changes are just stupid. It would have worked with the original story, but no, movie writers and directors seem just too clever and imaginative to just adapt a good story and so bastardize along, killing some of the vital features of the original story. In Mutant Chronicles this is the case with the complete background of the “Enemey”, which is in the original game the Dark Legion, hailing from planet Nero, coming from another dimension and crippling all high tech with their “dark symmetry” – which is by the way why everything has this heavy industry/steam-punk flair. In the movie the enemy is a big machine that turns humans into zombies and lo! they go forth and destroy the Earth. The style is okay – they are heavily industrialized and use clumsy steam-punk’s stuff – but the reason is never explained and has nothing to do with the evil that has come back. To whine on about the enemy only having one kind of mutant is pointless (they just trashed the original stuff more or less completely with the movie), but come on. Pedestrians without fine manipulation? That’s the most evil the enemy can come up with? For a society as gun toting as the human race is in this movie, guys with a single spike for a hand (mutation sequence badly animated, and the spikes seem sharp and nasty, but can also be cut off with a knife) should not be that big a problem?!
Anyway. Some scenes of the movie are quite good, and the overall style of the costumes, backgrounds, etc. is not bad and captures some of the original flair. Then again the first believable and not somehow cheesy dialog happens in my book in the middle of the movie, between the main character and the captain of their drop-ship. That’s something.
Shouting at the FX guys is also easy, you can only get some satisfaction from the overall computerish look if you like movies like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow – but Mutant Chronicles always comes off as something that was not really intended to look that way. It is like back in the 80s and early 90s some guys would cry “Science Fiction Movie” and go to some old factory or mine or subterranean dungeons and make a cheap sci-fi flick, pretending to be on Mars or whatnot. Today they seem to film a movie with the same shameless bad script, some clumsy acting and just smear so much CGI over it that is looks like a big picture with Special Effects. Almost all of the splatter effects could have been done better by make-up and “real” special effects.
Acting is okay (Jane, Perlman) to forgettable (most of the crew) to very bad (Malkovich, Walton). Some actors seem to have sensed that this maybe not the best movie of all times.
Overall another attempt to convert a nice story to the big screen, wasted for all the wrong reasons. But, isn’t this the case with most of this kind of movie? So, if you like Sci-Fi you can try this one, maybe its “pseudo-artlyness” appeals to you. If you like a cheap flick with some nice scenes, wobbly dialog and cheesy one-liners to watch with some friends to have a laugh – good movie for that. If you know the original Mutant Chronicles stuff you will cringe in pain and gape in awe of what has happened to the story at time and at other times feel just a little bit of the flair of the game. Just a little bit.
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Posted by LiveFor on June 26, 2008
This is the latest movie from Thomas Jane. Also starring Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki and John Malkovich. Directed by Simon Hunter.
It’s based on an old RPG and imdb.com states the plot as being “23rd century soldier Major Mitch Hunter (Jane) leads a fight against an army of underworld NecroMutants.”
Any film starring NecroMutants has got to be good. It reminds me of Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Now there was a movie!
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