Blu-ray Review: THE MULE

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THE MULE was directed by Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson, written by Leigh Whannell,  Angus Sampson and Jaime Browne and stars Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie and John Noble.

The movie takes place in 1983 and was inspired by true events. The Mule centers on this naive man from Australia who is talked into traveling to Thailand to pick up some drugs and smuggle them back into Australia. He’s hesitant at first and even after the transaction takes place but he finally gives in and the drugs are placed where the sun doesn’t shine and he ends up getting detained by Australian Federal Police. Honestly, this little trip of theirs to Thailand was one of the highlights of the movie.

The police sets him up in a plush motel room where they play a waiting game to see if he makes a deposit, if you know what I mean. The guy is desperate, he’s nervous and all alone but he’s hard headed and loyal to his friends and gives it his all to keep the drugs inside his body, no matter how he has to do it, how much it hurts and how disgusting it gets. As the story plays out and a few people get killed over this stinky predicament, time ends up playing in the favor of The Mule and he ultimately comes out on top. He outwits the police, he beats the clock and he ends up walking away a free man but he went through hell getting to this point.

Okay, this was a really cool movie! The Mule includes a lot of humor but it also has some really serious and intense moments as well. Watching  this poor guy get into this mess is hilarious and watching what all he goes though to keep the drugs in his body is just insane. He literally abuses his own body to do this, he refuses to rat out his friends, and to top this off he gets roughed over a few times by one of the cops. Hey, this situation gets so bad even the cops get nasty, if you know what I mean. The story was really interesting, all of the characters and acting were fantastic, there were a few really gross out moments and the finale was a great payoff.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top. The back includes movie details, a few images of some of the main characters and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, The Mule was a wild ride to say the least. This is definitely a movie that shouldn’t be missed and could end up being a cult classic. This Blu-ray releases on January 20th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: XLrator Media

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Subtitles: English SDH

Blu-ray Video: 1080p Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Special Features:

  • 4 Behind-the-Scenes featurettes including interviews with the cast and crew
  • Deleted Scenes

 

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