Actors: Holly Deveaux, Ashanti, Amber Marshall Kim Coates
Director: David Winning
Producers: Chad Oakes Michael Frislev
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2015
Run Time: 82 minutes
With a derivative storyline, awful melodramatic script, and lazy special effects, Mutant World was a perfect fit for the Sci-Fi Channel. It just isn’t a good fit for my taste. But anyone who thinks that florescent green eyes are enough of a special effect to justify the title insinuating mutation, and enjoys watching incapable actors suffer through a humorless screenplay full of clichés, Mutant World may be the film for you.
The movie begins suddenly with an apocalyptic disaster that interrupts van sex between a young couple. Melissa (Holly Deveaux) has her boyfriend drop her off when her father (Kim Coates) calls, because they are doomsday prepped with a bunker to hide in to avoid radiation. Then the boyfriend appears too late to make it into the bunker with them, ignoring the fact that he could have just stayed with Melissa instead of dropping her off. This is the logic running through Mutant World, along with horribly dull fight scenes and an overall shoddy construction.
The story then jumps ten years forward, with almost none of the characters changing their appearance or aging in the slightest. They are running out of fuel to run their bunker, and must emerge to look for resources. They find the world overrun by mutants of varying degrees and rules of existence. Then there are the survivors, who are inexplicably unaffected by the radiation. Among these is a lone hero dressed as a preacher, named The Preacher (played woodenly by singer
actually isn’t a preacher. The film rumbles along without much more of a plot
than that. Ashanti
There is a strange phenomenon within the film, where it will cut to black for several seconds in the middle of dramatic fight sequences. It took me most of the film to realize these must have been the commercial breaks, which were lazily left in this DVD transfer. Not that this film is at all engaging, but these sloppy little mistakes detract even further from a product of quality. The DVD release is fitting for the film; both are better avoided.
Entertainment Value: 1/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 0/10
Historical Significance: 0/10