Five teenage mutants — Mirage, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and Magik — undergo treatments at a secret institution that will cure them of their dangerous powers. Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes to share their stories, their memories soon turn into terrifying realities as they start to question why they’re being held and who’s trying to destroy them.
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga
Review: 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. The movie is two-thirds backstory monologues and one-third CGI-on-CGI fisticuffs. It wants to be so many things and ends up being less than it aims for. The concept behind The New Mutants is a solid, intriguing one that could’ve reinvigorated the familiar origin superhero story. Instead, Boone opts for genericism, ending the X-Men franchise with an angsty-teen whimper.
Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn