Mutants starts out as more than a vulgar zombie film, but the conventions of the genre eventually catch up to it and the entire enterprise sinks into the familiar depths of banality. It's a shame to see the light of originality, rare as it is when the living dead is concerned, flicker and die to accomodate the needs of today's hyperactive audiences. But then again, it comes as no surprise to jaded genre fans.
As the victim starts getting worse, shedding body parts and puking copious amounts of blood, so does the couple's relationship start deteriorating into a pathetic showcase of extreme interdependency. While this lasts, the viewer remains on edge, contemplating how the zombie apocalypse could actually affect their lives as an emotional hardship and not simply a privation of commodities. The arduous transmutation process, during which her boyfriend becomes increasingly erratic and aggressive leaves the protagonist in a nightmarish limbo wherein she contemplates solitude as a painful liberation from the dreadful new realities of the flesh. Seeing how this ordeal is a dramatic high point, the film soon has no other way to go but down.
After the boyfriend completes his metamorphosis, he is replaced in the narrative by a slew of unsympathetic bit players whose presence feels hopelessly contrived. The following chain of events is a simple collection of obligatory fight scenes filmed with an hyper-kinetic style that greatly contrasts with the contemplative style used in the first part. Of these two parts, one will surely prefer the slower, more original and involving first half to the formulaic, confusing second half. Shades of 28 Weeks Later obscure the illuminating opening act and the resulting discrepancy makes for a flawed film with just enough dramatic weight to make a lukewarm recommendation. As for the mystery surrounding the existence of a hidden military safe zone, it is resolved flatly during the conclusion, leaving the viewer unfulfilled and wanting to go back to the beginning in order to start over again.
presence of mutants in the second half of the film. A zombieless
zombie film would've been more interesting.
2,5/5 An enjoyable love story is marred by hyperactive action scenes that almost seem out of place considering the buildup that led one to them.