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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 (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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

USA | New Zealand

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Hester's mother name is revealed to be Pandora Shaw, some viewers drew attention to the name of the software brand. This is actually a recurrent theme in the books, in which many characters have "ancient names" which are actually trademarks: Windolene Pye, Daz Gravy, Nutella Eisberg, Napster Varley, and Nabisco Shkin are all characters in the sequels. Others, like Chudleigh Pomeroy, are named after places in Devonshire, England, where author Philip Reeve lives. 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

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Glass (2019) See more »

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The story itself has some flaws, but overall enjoyable film
5 December 2018 | by Mr_mcspicy032See all my reviews

Pros: -Gorgeous Visuals -Steam punk vibe -Cinematography -Third act battle sequence

Cons: -Villain/Antagonist motivation is weak and also its backstory -Supporting characters are flat -Unnecessary sub plots

Score: -2.5/5 Chili Peppers

Verdict:

  • The story itself has some flaws, it has a weak world building. It's antagonist has weak qualities of a good villain where you could hate him in the entire film. The movie also suffers from the lack of good backstory for the supporting characters and some of its protagonist motivation. Some subplots are not needed in the film , it just make the film longer and dragging.


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