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Mutant Girls Squad
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Mutant Girls Squad DVD Review Mutant girls squad isnít a movie; itís an exhibition of gore, phallus jokes and mean-spirited violence. I think we all feel the need to turn our brains off with a bit of B-grade action from time to time, but youíd be scraping the barrel with this one.†
Rating:
1.25

Feature 2.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 3.0
Total 2.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
:
MA15+

2.5


Mutant Girls Squad

I feel like I need to qualify the roasting Iím about to give this film by first saying that Iím a big fan of B-grade action/horror. I believe that a film experience doesnít have to be entirely convincing in order to be enjoyable; that a lack of production values doesnít have to be a deal breaker. If anything, these rough edges can be the very things that give a movie its charm. 

Mutant Girls Squad, directed by the trio of Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi, is bereft of any of that charm. It tells the story of Rin, a teenage girl who is being ostracized by her classmates.  On her 16th birthday Rin becomes aware that she has special powers. She returns home to confront her father, who reveals himself as a ĎHiruko,í a kind of mutant. Almost immediately after Rin has learned this, black-clad soldiers with machine-guns strapped to their noses break into her apartment and slaughter her parents. Rin barely escapes, and is then pursued by the residents of her home town, who perceive her as a monster. Rin staggers along, fighting and killing anyone who crosses her path. She finally links up with the demonic Kisaragi (Tak Sakaguchi) and his team of female Hiruko. Each of these girls possesses a unique ítreasure,í which means they can project tentacles, claws, chainsaws and swords from various parts of their anatomy.

Rin befriends cosplaying nurse Yoshi (Suzuka Morita), and amongst a whole lot of blood-letting, the two face the moral decision of whether to side with their mutant brethren or to partake in the wanton slaying of the entire human race. 

What follows is another hour-or-so of cheap CGI gore, failed humour and sprinklings of sexual innuendo. Characters sing and dance as they gleefully hack unarmed people to bits; characters some, go and die for little or no reason. Everyone in this movie is horrible in varying degrees, from the humans to the mutants who we are (presumably) meant to care about. 

This is an ugly film, in terms of production as well as the violence it depicts on screen. The sets and locations are very bland, ranging from generic factories and office buildings to industrial sites. The costume design is bright and eccentric, but only on par with a Power rangers episode. If I was to try to dredge up a positive from the visual side of this film, it would be the incredibly gruesome yet creative death scenes. In one instance, a hapless victim is slashed until the segments of his head spin around like a slot machine, and then explode. In another, a baker twirls his wife around in front of him as a means of defence, and at the end of Rinís attack she resembles a red, dripping loaf of bread.  

You might be able to forgive some of the filmís faults had it produced the goods in terms of the fighting scenes. But these are hopelessly drawn-out, lacking any pace or excitement. While there are some stunts, most of the fights consist of a slurry of quick edits and close-ups to cover up the absence of any real choreography.

In one scene, the fight takes place behind a tower of scaffolding to hide the detail from view. 

The filmís soundtrack has an interesting surfie/punk vibe that is reminiscent of some of Tarantinoís works. Even though itís repetitive, itís one of the stand-out elements of the production. But then again in the midst of this gory mess, itís not hard to stand out. 

Special Features: 

Included on the DVD is a single Featurette, which is a short back-story for Yoshie and Kisaragi. There are also the standard collection of trailers from Madman.

Closing Comments: 

Mutant girls squad isnít a movie; itís an exhibition of gore, phallus jokes and mean-spirited violence. I think we all feel the need to turn our brains off with a bit of B-grade action from time to time, but youíd be scraping the barrel with this one. 






 
 



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