We should really set up a keyboard macro for “premiering on Netflix”.
Premiering on Netflix this February 23 is Mute, the latest genre offering from director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft), a cyberpunkish thriller that sees Alexander Skarsgard as a a voiceless bartender caught up in dirty dealings on the mean streets of future Berlin, which the press materials have described as a kind of Casablanca of the future. Specifically:
“Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.”
And so here’s the full trailer, which is big on atmosphere and light on plot details. While it’s difficult to take comedian Rudd as a fast-talking lowlife, Skarsgard is ever-watchable, and Jones knows a thing or two about striking visuals and imaginative genre twists, so make a mental note to check this out once it drops.