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Mortal Engines (2018)

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In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

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Christian Rivers

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Fran Walsh (screenplay by), Philippa Boyens (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hera Hilmar ... Hester Shaw
Robert Sheehan ... Tom Natsworthy
Hugo Weaving ... Thaddeus Valentine
Jihae ... Anna Fang (as Jihae Kim)
Ronan Raftery ... Bevis Pod
Leila George ... Katherine Valentine
Patrick Malahide ... Magnus Crome
Stephen Lang ... Shrike
Colin Salmon ... Chudleigh Pomeroy
Mark Mitchinson ... Vambrace
Regé-Jean Page ... Captain Khora
Menik Gooneratne ... Sathya
Frankie Adams ... Yasmina Rashid
Leifur Sigurdarson ... Nils Lindstrom
Kahn West Kahn West ... Toa Heke
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Storyline

A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw, emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

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Some scars never heal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of futuristic violence and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortal Engines See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,559,850, 16 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,951,040, 17 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,865,379, 27 February 2019
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Christian Rivers' first full feature film as a director. He previously directed a short and a section of an anthology, and was storyboard artist/special effects designer on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films (who is also the producer of Mortal Engines). See more »

Goofs

At several points, Shrike manages to catch up with Hester, even going so far as to know which specific room she is in at Airhaven. Yet it is never explained how he is able to effortlessly track her. See more »

Quotes

Thaddeus Valentine: [speaking to the mayor] You are a dinosaur.
[shoots mayor]
Thaddeus Valentine: And I am the meteor.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo shows the Sixty Minute War occurring across the Earth. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hellraiser (2019) See more »

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Highly Entertaining Post-Apocalyptic Adventure
20 February 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the future, after the Sixty Minute War, the survivors build mobile fortresses and big cities become predator cities attacking small villages or settlements to take their population, supplies, technology and resources. When London takes a small mining village, a masked young woman called Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) tries to kill their leader Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) but the young trainee Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) saves Valentine and chases Hester. She tells to Tom that Valentine killed her mother and escapes through a dumping hole. When Tom reports to Valentine what Hester said, he pushes Tom that falls in the hole off the city. Tom and Hester meets each other and they are forced to team-up to survive and she tells the story of her mother Pandora and Valentine, who killed her. They are rescued by a strange couple and soon they learn that their intention is to sell them as slaves. But they are saved by the warrior Anna Fang (Jihae) and they learn secrets about Pandora´s discover. Soon they find that they need to stop Valentine to save the civilization in Asia led by Shan Guo and protected by the shield wall.

"Mortal Engines" is a highly entertaining post-apocalyptic adventure produced by Peter Jackson. The story and the screenplay are great, with attractive characters and a good villain. The lead couple shows chemistry and there are many unknown actors and actresses. The CGI is excellent in the Terry Gilliam´s "Brazil" style. Highly recommended for fans of the genre. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Máquinas Mortais" ("Mortal Engines")


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