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The Mule Blu-ray Review

The Mule Blu-ray

“The Mule” is a well made, but unpleasant film.

Based on true events, “The Mule” is an Australian film that revolves around a quiet, unassuming, everyday Joe named Ray who is recruited by his neighbor/friend Gavin to become a drug mule. Knowing he and his family could use the money, Ray accepts the job and he and Gavin soon venture to Bangkok to pick up the heroin for their employer (a vicious crime lord named Pat). After a quick pick-up, the two head back to Australia, but a panicky Ray is picked up by federal agents on suspicion of being a drug trafficker. Knowing he can only be detained for a certain amount of time, Ray has to keep the ingested drugs in his stomach or else he will be busted by the cops. Worse still, his family could be in grave danger from Pat and his goons if he “releases” the heroin. Can Ray defy the odds and get out of this mess as events spiral out of control?

Even though “The Mule” is a gritty, well-made film that will have you stressfully wondering how it all ends, it’s not exactly a fun watch. Since a majority of the film involves watching a character try not to use the bathroom, the action is fairly limited. Moreover, some of the scenes we do get are incredibly revolting. No, the film doesn’t get too graphic (thankfully), but it’s still an icky journey to say the least. On top of all of that, the film has a rather large plot hole involving Ray’s stepfather. I won’t spoil what happens, but it’s very odd that it is not addressed in the end of the film.

On the plus side, there are a few stand-out performances here by Hugo Weaving, Leigh Whannell (who also wrote “The Mule”), and John Noble. Weaving shines as a jackass tough guy cup while Noble chills as a cold and menacing crime lord. The most surprising performances comes from Whannell who plays Gavin. The writer/actor has certainly come a long way from his rather shaky performance in the first “Saw” film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? “The Mule” boasts a pristine hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While not the liveliest of tracks, it still does a fine job in the dialogue and music departments.

Extras:
* “Ticking Time Bomb”- A bonus feature about Ray’s situation in the film.
* “Ego”- A short piece extra about the story’s themes, ideas, and character traits.
* “Who. What. Where. When.”- An overview of the story and characters.
* “1983 America’s Cup”- A short featurette about the patriotic sporting event backdrop.
* 7 deleted scenes.
* XLRator Media trailers (including one for “The Mule”).

Overall Thoughts: In terms of movies about drug mules, “Maria Full Of Grace” is still the one to see if you have to see one.

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February 4, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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