This subtitled French zombie film starts off with a bang. You’re speeding down a country road in an ambulance and everybody is freaking out in blind panic, nicely suggesting the horrors they narrowly escaped. The two paramedics are husband and wife, and they are deeply in love. When the man becomes infected, the wife does anything she can to protect him.
I appreciated the perspective of this film. Usually, in a zombie movie, the people who protect the infected, even though they are an obvious threat to everyone, are extremely grating. MUTANTS tells the story of one of these people with extreme compassion, making it a love story with zombies, the kind of love story that would actually happen. I always find it strange when a zombie enthusiast says they would put down a loved one without hesitation. They are monsters, yes, but they would be monsters wearing the faces of the people we love, and maybe, just maybe, there is a little of their identity left inside them. I would find it very hard to kill anyone, even zombies, especially if that zombie was someone I love.
MUTANTS is available for streaming on Netflix.