In order to help his father pay off debts to a crime lord, a first-time drug mule swallows several condoms full of heroin to sneak back through customs. When he is caught by the authorities, he has to hold in his stomach contents for an entire week lest he be thrown in prison. What could easily be misconstrued is a gross-out dark comedy is actually a serious crime drama based on true events set in 80s Australia. It’s story is surprisingly fascinating, though all its characters feel distant. Angus Simpson’s dimwitted protagonist is hard to root for, and with the exception of a somewhat minor character it’s hard to identify with any of the film’s character. There’s still plenty to enjoy here. The movie has some well-executed unexpected twists and turns, Hugo Weaving takes a devilishly delightful turn as a corrupt cop, and the movie has a surprising emotional swell in the end. All in all, The Mule is a fresh twist on a well-traversed genre.
78/100 ~ GOOD. All in all, The Mule is a fresh twist on a well-traversed genre.