There’s something you should know about The Mule. Yes, it has some truly stomach churning moments – but they’re not the film’s reason for existing. You know those movies that are really impressed with themselves because they “push the envelope?” That’s not The Mule. The reason directors Tony Mahoney and Angus Sampson make this tale of intestinal fortitude so visceral is so that the audience can truly, palpably, know the kind of discomfort that Sampson’s protagonist faces throughout the film. And it’s not the only trick they have, the script by Sampson and Leigh Whannell is strong in every regard, the cast is stellar and the direction is confident.
Which is why I’m happy to bring you a clip from the film that doesn’t focus on the grotesque things you may have heard, but rather highlights the kind of tension and takes the picture is able wring from tropes that would feel standard in a lesser movie. Hit the jump to check out this new clip from The Mule. The film stars Sampson, Whannell, Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble. XLrator Media release the film in Theaters, on VOD and iTunes on November 21st.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Mule:
It’s 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, ‘the Mule’ makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally. And by doing so becomes a ‘human time-bomb'; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade. Inspired by true events, THE MULE is directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, with a darkly comic screenplay by Sampson, Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), and Jaime Browne. The film stars Hugo Weaving alongside Sampson and Whannell with an ensemble cast including Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble.