SXSW Film Review: The MuleFan The Fire Recommends

Posted in Film, Recommended, Reviews, SXSW
By Sam Bathe on 10 Mar 2014

Based on a true story, The Mule is a fantastically funny and frequently gross out comedy about dim-witted Ray Jenkins (Sampson) who tries to outlast the police when he’s accused of running drugs. Swallowing a bumper package of heroin before boarding a place Bangkok back into Australia, Ray causes a scene at the airport before landing himself in police custody. The police are allowed to keep him under watch for a few days to see what passes through his system, meaning Ray must stop himself from going to the toilet to avoid getting caught.

Sharply written with some great dialogue, there are magnificent and captiving performances from lead Angus Sampson and co-stars Leigh Whannell and Ewen Leslie against more more famous names.

The Mule delivers moments when you won’t believe your eyes. The freshest comedy w e’ve seen for some time, it won’t be long before the rights are snapped up for a Hollywood remake. Bonus points for the filmmakers’ drunken Q&A afterwards too.


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