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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

Writers:

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
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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Details

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:

$73,051,040, 17 January 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Author Philip Reeve, writer of the novel on which the movie is based, published a blogpost on July 19th 2017 that principle photography had ended and he had been invited to the set back in May of the same year. He noted that he had been impressed by the actors and the sets, mentioning that "Most of it looked very much as I'd imagined, except for the bits which looked better." See more »

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When Hester and Tom are rescued by the old couple in the centipede-like craft they share a small room. Hester, while lying on her back shares her sad life-story. A tear rolls down her cheek, but given the horizontal position she's in this would be impossible. the tear should roll pass the side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Tom Natsworthy: [Tom and Hester are shown into a room, Tom looks around and sees there is only one bed ] You take the bed, I'll take...
Tom Natsworthy: [Tom sees Hester asleep on the bed ] ... the floor.
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The Universal logo shows the Sixty Minute War occurring across the Earth. See more »

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Human instruments, fatal mechanisms
13 December 2018 | by Quebec_DragonSee all my reviews

I already know it's gonna get bashed for seemingly ripping off elements of Star Wars, but I think It's kind of an unfair criticism and I loved the film. Let's get that part over first: there are at least two main elements that might make you think Star Wars near the end. They're somewhat similar but not really the same and play out differently in a very different setting with different components.

So I thought the high concept of the movie - motorized cities rolling on land - might seem ridiculous, but I gotta admit it worked for me and made the movie feel fresh. That starting chase sequence between the two towns was original and memorable. There were other spectacular action sequences, including one involving buzzsaws, with great special effects, but I gotta admit the melee fights were weak as they were of the chaotic, frantic-cut variety, except perhaps those involving Shrike that were better. Regarding that undead cyborg Shrike, I loved pretty much everything about him: his look, the way he moved, his back story and his story arc. Probably my favorite character, but the others were interesting too, and the acting was solid overall.

The production design was excellent with several fascinating cities and/or vehicles with a certain steampunk design vibe. Special mention to the location where the giant London tank threads passed. Visual effects were outstanding with sights you might never have seen before. Music was very good and appropriately grand when called for. I liked the story despite feeling a slight déjà-vu in the last part. This future world creation based on the novels was very well portrayed and captivating to me, and I wanted to learn more about it. Overall, the film was a very nice surprise, quite different than the usual sci-fi/fantasy blockbuster, at least in its setting. To be honest, until the last act I was going to recommend this film without any real reserves, but then it felt as if had to explain certain things.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (Remarkable)


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