Mutant Chronicles is a 2009 independent science fiction action film, loosely based on the role-playing game of the same name. The film was directed by Simon Hunter, and stars Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman. The film was released throughout Europe in an unfinished form. The film premiered on VOD on March 27, 2009, and had a theatrical release for selected cities on April 24, 2009. The film was released on DVD on August 4, 2009.
The story is set in the year 2707. The film's version of the world is loosely based on that of the Mutant Chronicles role-playing game, where many technologies are steam powered and mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. The protagonists must battle against mutant creatures accidentally unleashed upon the planet.
Borrowing heavily from WWI and steampunk action-horror movies, the plot revolves around a sealed away "machine" which came from space. The "machine" converts people into mutants that do little other than kill and drag new victims to the machine for conversion. Locked away 10,000 years ago, the machine was accidentally uncovered in a battle in Europe. Within six weeks the world is nearly completely conquered by the roaming mutant gangs and most people are evacuated off of the world. A group of soldiers are then assembled to take an ancient device, presumed to be a bomb, to the heart of the machine in an attempt to destroy it. Most of the group is killed or converted into mutants while the device is activated, which turns out to be an ignition device to send the machine back into space, leaving only one member of the group alive but half mutated. As the film closes, the "machine" appears to be enroute to Mars, where many of the evacuees fled.