Action Mutante is a rip- roaring action-adventure comedy-sci-fi film. It’s also bizarre, but I’ll get to that later. Directed by Alex De La Iglesia and produced by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish language 1993 release is a totally unique experience.
The film begins with Accion Mutante (Mutant Action) a rag bag collection of crazed mutants who kill people with perfect bodies and features, botching the abduction of a rich gym owner. When their clever, angry leader; Yarritu is released from prison, he decides that it’s time to reorganise the gang. He begins by abducting the daughter of a rich mogul, but following a disastrous kidnapping, the group are chased to the plant Axturiax, where they discover that there might be a traitor in their midst.
As normal(ish) as the plot sounds, I can’t say how fresh Accion Mutante is as a piece of cinema, it truly is a visceral experience. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a film with this much energy. Imagine Total Recall mixed with The Fifth Element by way of early Peter Jackson efforts. It’s violent, funny and filled with bad taste. I loved every minute of it.
Director Alex De La Iglesia obviously has a love of 1980s action films, and he wears his heart on his sleeve with this fantastic homage. The far out performances, fun script and good sets, are great for a film shot on an obviously limited production. From the opening credits you know that you’re watching something special.
The film also has the best use of the Mission: Impossible theme tune since the original 1960’s television series. In fact if you think of Accion Mutante as Mission: Impossible on acid world, then you might be close to understanding the feel and tone of the film.