The first, often tiny, reveals from films, especially those that are still rather far from release, don’t generally amount to much, but when Duncan Jones is involved, you hope for a taste of the wild world headed your way.

Mute, a film that sounds like a brilliant revisit to film noir, has released a few images, and though I’m not usually one for picking apart the details of such things, these actually manage to amp up the anticipation. Sure, the image of Paul Rudd is just Paul Rudd with a serious mustache, but he plays one of a pair of surgeons, and he looks like he’s stepped out of some warped reboot of MASH.

Beyond that little touch of fun, the images reveal something that looks like Blade Runner, and when you put it together with the dark, ominous plot, that throws things a bit out of whack in your head as you try to figure out how it will go down because our hero is mute, this is easily one of the biggest things to look forward to in 2017.

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Duncan Jones, who didn’t wow enough audiences with last year’s Warcraft (though it wasn’t actually bad), still doesn’t get enough credit for Moon or Source Code, but may finally take things up a few notches here.

Give the images a gander and let yourself get lost in the possibilities.

 

Mute Movie - Paul Rudd
photo: courtesy Netflix
Mute Movie
photo: courtesy Netflix

 

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.