Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Superhero horror based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name directed and co-written by Josh Boone. The story is set in a secret facility where five young mutants, Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), Roberto da Costa (Henry Zaga) and Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt), are held against their will for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
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Danielle Moonstar: There’s an old Native American proverb that says, “Inside every person, there are two bears, forever locked in combat for your soul. One bear is all things good. Compassion, love, trust. The other is all things evil. Fear, shame, and self-destruction.”
Danielle Moonstar: Where am I? Where is my family?
Dr. Reyes: I know you’re scared, but you’re safe now.
[after finding out that she’s the sole survivor of a tornado hitting her reservation]
Danielle Moonstar: No, no. It was growling! Something was chasing us!
Dr. Reyes: What? Sometimes trauma makes us remember things that aren’t real.
Danielle Moonstar: Why didn’t I just die with them? Why me?
Dr. Reyes: Survivor’s guilt is a common reaction to trauma. We look for reasons. Most of the time, we find none. But the reason you survived is because you’re a very uncommon girl. Your reservation was wiped off the face of the earth. But you made it out with barely a scratch.
Dr. Reyes: Do you know what mutants are? Mutation most often occurs in puberty. You might spend the first thirteen years of your life relatively normal. Then, just like that, you come of age and discover your true nature.
Danielle Moonstar: What’s my true nature?
Dr. Reyes: We’ll have to figure that out together.
Danielle Moonstar: And how do you know I’m a mutant?
Dr. Reyes: The man I work for has a way of recognizing new mutants the moment their condition reveals itself. That’s how we discovered you and your fellow patients. You’re not alone, Dani.
Dr. Reyes: This is a facility for young mutants like yourself. Teens who need some extra care before they can go on to live healthy adult lives.
Danielle Moonstar: How long do I have to stay here?
Dr. Reyes: Until we decide you’re not a danger.
Danielle Moonstar: Danger to who?
Dr. Reyes: Yourself.
[in their group meeting]
Dr. Reyes: Yesterday, I asked you to think about the first time your mutation manifested. Would anyone like to share? Sam? Illyana? Roberto? Rahne? Look, we can’t help each other
unless we talk to each other. I’ve said this a hundred times. This program can’t help you
if you refuse to participate.
Rahne Sinclair: I was thirteen. I remember running through the woods.
Dr. Reyes: How did you feel?
Rahne Sinclair: Free. Like the most free I’d felt my whole life. But guilty too.
Dr. Reyes: Why guilty?
Rahne Sinclair: Because I knew it was bad. I went to Reverend Craig, to see if he could pray it out of me. He asked me to show him, so I changed.
Dr. Reyes: And what did Reverend Craig do?
Rahne Sinclair: Beat me about half to death. Said I was a witch, that I was going to hell.
Dr. Reyes: Would anyone else like to share their first time?
Illyana Rasputin: New girl. How f***ed up are you?
Dr. Reyes: Illyana.
Roberto da Costa: Drugs, I bet. Or a nympho, maybe. Hopefully.
Dr. Reyes: Keep behaving exactly like you are right now, and we can all just spend the day in solitary. I want all of you to think very carefully about how you’d like to use your time here. And how long you want that time to be.
Illyana Rasputin: [to Dani] This isn’t a hospital, Pocahontas. It’s a cage. And now you’re trapped in it forever. Man, I really should have warned you.
[as Dani is about to throw herself off the clock tower]
Rahne Sinclair: Wow, this is really high up. A fall from here would mess you up.
Danielle Moonstar: It would kill me. Instantly. I wouldn’t feel a thing.
Rahne Sinclair: I want to get out of here too, but not like this.
Danielle Moonstar: My home is gone. My dad’s dead.
Rahne Sinclair: Where I’m from, we believe suicides go straight to hell. Always kind of scared me out of giving it a go.
Danielle Moonstar: I don’t want to be here. I want to be with my family.
Rahne Sinclair: If they’re gone, and you’re here, maybe it’s for a reason. Maybe it’s not time to be with them just yet.
Danielle Moonstar: But I’m all alone.
Rahne Sinclair: There’s two people up here. You calling me a nobody? Please. It’s going to get better. I promise. Let’s live a little longer, Dani Moonstar.
[referring to Sam]
Danielle Moonstar: Holy s**t, I thought he just exploded.
Rahne Sinclair: No. That’s his thing. He can blast off. Zero to a hundred like a cannonball. Not so good at landing though.
Danielle Moonstar: Is this like practice?
Rahne Sinclair: I don’t know. Sometimes it seems like he’s out here just trying to hurt himself.
[referring to Roberto]
Danielle Moonstar: What’s his power?
Rahne Sinclair: He won’t tell, but he’s got something. Parents sent him here to be cured.
Danielle Moonstar: Is there a cure for being an a**hole? Maybe he’s just the crazy one.
Rahne Sinclair: No. That spot’s taken.
Rahne Sinclair: Well, I really enjoyed spending the day with you, Dani, but I should go. We’re not supposed to be in each other’s rooms, and…
Danielle Moonstar: Why is she always watching us?
Rahne Sinclair: For our own good. She means well. She’s trying to help us. If you follow the treatment, you’ll get out of here, Dani. Probably before the rest of us cuckoos.
Danielle Moonstar: Rahne. Thank you for helping me.
Rahne Sinclair: What do I know? Maybe we both should have jumped.
[referring to the W marked etched onto Rahne’s back]
Danielle Moonstar: Wow. That’s some serious body art. Tattoo wasn’t painful enough?
Rahne Sinclair: It wasn’t my idea.
Danielle Moonstar: What’s it stand for?
Rahne Sinclair: I’m sorry. I don’t want to talk about it.
Illyana Rasputin: Hey, Standing Rock. You want a buffalo wing? You people love buffalo, don’t you?
Sam Guthrie: Jeez, Illya, will you just leave her alone?
Danielle Moonstar: No. It’s okay. Standing Rock. That’s a good one. More original than Pocahontas. That was huge in fifth grade.
Danielle Moonstar: You don’t scare me. My dad told me about b**ches like you.
Illyana Rasputin: Oh. Well, here. Why don’t you show us on the puppet where daddy touched you?
[Dani grabs Illyana’s puppet, Lockheed, out of her hand]
Illyana Rasputin: Lockheed!
Sam Guthrie: Hey, guys, come on!
Danielle Moonstar: You keep my father’s name out of your mouth, b**ch!
Danielle Moonstar: You don’t know anything about me.
Illyana Rasputin: Do you know anything? Sixteen years-old and doesn’t even know her power. Seems like that mutant period should’ve kicked in by now.
Rahne Sinclair: Leave her alone.
Illyana Rasputin: I’m helping her. This is therapy!
Dr. Reyes: You know the rules. No powers in here. And definitely no fighting.
Illyana Rasputin: Sorry, Doctor. I thought maybe Dani was invincible. Just wanted to see if I was right.
Danielle Moonstar: What’s happening to me?
Dr. Reyes: [to Dani] You’re clearly manifesting something, but we need to do more tests to find out what it is. It’s okay. I’m a doctor. Actually, I come from a family of doctors. My mother was a vet. A lot of pets came in with rattlesnake bites.
Dr. Reyes: Did you know baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult ones? They haven’t learned how to control how much venom they secrete. Even the mutants we call heroes today, when they first got their powers, chances are they hurt someone. That’s why new mutants are dangerous. And they need to be…
Danielle Moonstar: Locked up?
Dr. Reyes: Sequestered from average humans, for their safety, and ours.
Dr. Reyes: [to Dani] It’s important we find out exactly what your power is, so we can help you control it.
[chanting to herself]
Rahne Sinclair: Demons can’t come in churches.
Danielle Moonstar: Where are you guys going?
Roberto da Costa: Reyes is asleep, so we’re going up to the…
Illyana Rasputin: To the, “Never mind. You’re not invited.”
Sam Guthrie: Come on, Illy. Come on, we’ll show you.
Illyana Rasputin: Whatever.
Illyana Rasputin: Let’s play a little game.
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