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The New Mutants

The New Mutants
The New Mutants
The New Mutants
  • PG-13
  • 1h 34m
  • 2020
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In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities. Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Rendering a list of potentially explosive ingredients mostly inert, The New Mutants is a franchise spinoff that's less than the sum of its super-powered parts.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Groundbreaking elements, but violent X-Men tale falls short.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The New Mutants was originally intended to be a spin-off of the X-Men franchise but is now serving as its final installment. It's directed at teens, with actors they know from shows like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things (and the same director as The Fault in Our Stars). But it's as much a horror film as it is a superhero action fantasy: Expect lots of violence, some of it bloody. The teen mutants' situations are extremely dark, including a religious leader branding a girl and the strong implication of child rape. Terrifying animals and monsters attack relentlessly, children are tortured, and the mutants attack each other. All of the mutants are being held in a remote hospital because they've killed at least one person; only a few show remorse. Teens joke about sex, and two romances develop, each resulting in a kiss. The kids curse ("bitch," "s--t"), but not excessively. The message is tailor-made for a generation that's grappling with anxiety and depression, and it's repeated over and over: Don't let fear ruin your life, you can conquer your demons. The X-Men have always led the way when it comes to superhero diversity, and this film takes it a step further: The ensemble is more inclusive in terms of gender, sexuality, economic status, and ethnicity than ever before.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Action, Horror
  • Release Date:August 28, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
If purchased in:4K
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