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The New Mutants

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Josh Boone
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

After a near-death experience during a strange tornado, Danielle Moonstar awakens in an abandoned research facility run by the mysterious Dr Cecilia Reyes. There, Dr Reyes introduces Dani to four other equally uncommon teenagers - Illyana Rasputin, Rahne Sinclair, Sam Guthrie, and Roberto da Costa. Reyes wants to keep them safe and sound until they learn how to be in full control of their extraordinary abilities. Before long, however, they all start to experience horrifying hallucinations. Superhero adventure, the final instalment in the X-Men film series, starring Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Initially set for release in 2018, director Josh Boone's teenage X-Men spin-off was delayed until 2020 following reshoots, Covid-enforced shutdown and the fallout from Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox. The movie takes place in a spooky asylum where five young mutants - a changeling, a psychic, a human cannonball, a sword-wielding sorceress and a walking solar battery - are monitored by a lone doctor. Boone sources the chilling Demon Bear storyline drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz in the 1984 comic book, while his cast's collective CV includes Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and The Queen's Gambit - the latter's Anya Taylor-Joy steals the show as a haughty hex-slinger. The intention to explore a mash-up of haunted-house horror and young-adult drama instead of spandex pyrotechnics is a worthy one, but this swansong to Fox's X-Men franchise sadly fails to deliver on its premise.

Credits

Cast

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Rahne Sinclair / WolfsbaneMaisie Williams
Illyana Rasputin / MagikAnya Taylor-Joy
Sam Guthrie / CannonballCharlie Heaton
Roberto da Costa / SunspotHenry Zaga
Danielle Moonstar / MirageBlu Hunt
Dr Cecilia ReyesAlice Braga

Crew

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DirectorJosh Boone

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2020-09-04
Languages
English | Portuguese | Latin
Guidance
Violence
Formats
Colour

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