Funimation // 2010 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Daniel Carlton (Retired) // August 6th, 2010
Mutant Girls Squad is one of the craziest, bloodiest films I've ever seen. This is non-stop, over-the-top lunacy and I enjoyed every minute of it.
On her sixteenth birthday, Rin's right hand mutates into an alien claw with the extreme power to slice and dice. Her parents inform her that she is part of the ancient Hilko clan, a breed of mutants of whom her own father was a member. Rin is soon discovered by Rei, another mutant who is part of a larger band of mutants led by Kisaragi, the gender-bending Hilko. Together, the Mutant Girls Squad must fight to survive against the anti-mutant government agency, but Kisaragi himself may pose a bigger problem to the girls.
Every so often a movie comes along that is so outlandish, it sticks in your head for ages. Mutant Girls Squad is one such film and within the first five minutes, we are treated to a head being sliced in half down the center, soldiers wearing helmets with machine guns on their noses, and flying brains. The scene ends with a glorious fountain of blood before cutting to the next scene. Mutant Girls Squad is an unashamed comedy and moviegoers who find films such as Hostel or Saw too graphic to stomach needn't worry. This film is a ride in total absurdity and although we have violent fight scenes with body parts frequently flying through the air, the film is impossible to take seriously and isn't meant to be.
Mutant Girls Squad can be accurately compared to films such as Kung Fu Hustle or Peter Jackson's classic Dead Alive. Like Hustle, most of the action is digitally animated with the absurdity resembling that of a Warner Brothers cartoon. Nothing is realistic in the least. Similarly to Dead Alive, we have an overabundance of gore, but it is the kind of gore which is meant to amuse, not disgust. We get blood splattering on the camera, we get a head quickly cut into thirds while the person keeps talking, and we even get a person being cut up until they look like a giant piece of deli meat. If either of the films mentioned above was to your liking, Mutant Girls Squad will undoubtedly satisfy your highly astute cinema craving.
As for the mutants, the powers (if you can call them that) are extremely goofy whereas the powers of the X-Men are surprisingly more down to earth. Yoshie, the Hilko who dresses like a nurse, can mutate her arms into large tentacles in an instant, picking up hostiles and throwing them about. Rei, Rin's trainer, can mutate her appendages into sharp, rigid scales that can be used to strike a foe with intense power. Those are the most normal of the bunch and other mutant powers by the girls include sword-spouting breasts and even a chainsaw protruding from one girl's...caboose. Is it dumb? Sure, but it made for some hilarious fight scenes that are one of a kind.
Mutant Girls Squad was directed in three parts by three of Japan's premier directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura (Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, Tokyo Gore Police), Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl), and Tak Sakaguchi (Samurai Zombie). I'm embarrassed to say that I have not seen any of their other works, but rest assured, they have been added into my Netflix queue. Although the film is presented in three chapters by three directors, the chapters blend extremely well together and it wasn't until writing this review that I realized this was a joint project. Knowing this info, a second viewing may make the style differences more noticeable. It is evident however that the filmmaker's had a blast creating this spectacle and while the budget may have been fairly small, the level of creativity was extensive.
My DVD was a VCD screener copy, so there were no extras to comment on. Nor can I accurately comment on the picture and sound since this isn't a final version of the disc.
I have little doubt that Dead Alive still holds the record for bloodiest film, but Mutant Girls Squad is certainly in the running. It undoubtedly holds the title for the most unique film of the decade and if you are looking for a truly different action movie, this won't let you down.
Unequivocally not guilty.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Japanese)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Video: Theatrical Trailer