Thursday 11 October 2018

MFKZ aka Mutafukaz (France/Japan 2017: Dir Shoujirou Nishimi and Guillaume Renard)

Angelino (just Lino to his friends) is a young man growing up on the future streets of Dark Meat City in New California. But he's a kid with a difference. Not only does he have a rather large round head which makes him stand out from most other people in the city, he's the product of extra and intra terrestrial parentage, which gives him special powers, triggered following a scooter accident.

Lino and his friends Vinny (skull-faced and flame headed like a mini Ghost Rider) and nervy Willy do their best to stay out of trouble on the crime ridden streets, but complications arise when Lino encounters a beautiful girl, and starts having visions of city dwellers casting strange alien shadows as they traverse the town (in more than a nod to John carpenter's 1988 movie They Live). Before they know it the trio are being pursued by some archetypal men in black, who are very interested in Lino and his genetic secret.

MFKZ has so much plot you could stand a spoon up in it, being based on a comic book and where the filmmakers have clearly agreed to leave nothing out. It's stunningly realised, frighteningly hip (although the dubstep soundtrack may date rather quickly) and smartly voiced by some great actors (including Michael Chiklis, Giancarlo Esposito, Jorge Gutierrez and Danny Trejo).

Directors Nishimi and Renard have gone for a hyperactive - and hyperviolent - approach that, as the press kit states 'mixes anime, film noir, Lucha Libre, and gang culture in an orgy of first-person shooter mayhem.' It doesn't all work as you might expect with so much going on, but for the most part it's fast paced, frequently funny, and quirky enough to sidestep boredom despite some rather samey action sequences. MFKZ is worth viewing for the art direction alone though, which is a feast for the eyes and the mind.

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