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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.

Director:

Christian Rivers

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay by), Philippa Boyens (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Sigurðarson ... Nils Lindstrom (as Leifur Sigurdarson)
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.


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

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Trivia

Cinematic debut of actress Leila George, who plays Katherine Valentine. George is the daughter of thespians Vincent D'Onofrio and Greta Scacchi. 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

[last lines]
Hester Shaw: So, what happens now?
Tom Natsworthy: We go where the wind takes us. See the world. What do you say?
Hester Shaw: I'm coming with you.
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The Universal logo shows the Sixty Minute War occurring across the Earth. See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Bambi Time in Jail (2018) See more »

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A dull and lifeless ride
10 December 2018 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

In all honesty, I wasn't expecting much from Mortal Engines.

A film that feels like it's come out too late in the dystopian piece, this Peter Jackson produced blockbuster has had a tough time convincing audiences that they should spend their hard earned dollars on catching it while it plays in cinemas but despite my low expectations and willingness to be pleasantly surprised, Engines left me cold, empty and rather disappointed in that it failed so miserably in giving its world a chance to succeed.

So many elements of debut director Christian Rivers cinematic tale feel underutilised, under-cooked and under-developed, as we are quickly introduced to a future world landscape where humans have decided to build moving cities and roam the planet searching for resources, after a cataclysmic event wiped out a large portion of Earth's population and civilisations.

Before you have much of chance to blink, we're introduced to a moving London, Hugo Weaving's scheming Thaddeus Valentine, Robert Sheehan's kind-hearted history buff Tom Natsworthy and Hera Hilmar's main protagonist Hester Shaw, who seeks vengeance against Valentine for past wrongs but in around all these introductions and numerous by the numbers action scenes, there's carefully little time spent on making any of it matter, disallowing us an audience to ever feel even slightly invested in what occurrences take place.

Its all seriously frustrating, as this steampunk world seems like one that's open for exploration and the film often looks visually stunning thanks to the VFX work and set design, but it's a cold and far to basically developed universe to feel lived in and alive.

Rivers struggles to explain why humanity decided its best option was to develop a collection of moving cities, there's almost no talk of what happened before these cities took shape and who on earth are the ancient ones and why does a Terminator named Shrike decide to adopt a human child?

These are just some of the questions and thoughts that for some reason the team behind Engines decided not to answer and you can't help but escape the feeling that a first time director wasn't the storyteller required to bring Philip Reeve's novel to the big screen, with trite dialogue, awkward pacing and bad performances a staple of this film that could've been.

You can sense the actors struggling with the material and while the only recognisable faces in the piece in the forms of Weaving and a motion captured Stephan Lang try their best gruff guy takes, relative newcomers Hilmar and Sheehan fail to inspire, while Asian megastar Jihae comes in too late in the piece to add any real spark to the piece as her rebellious pilot Anna Fang.

Final Say -

At its best a half-baked attempt to create a unique new movie universe, that's only saving graces are some neat visual flourishes, Mortal Engines is close to an entirely charmless and lifeless exercise in big budget filmmaking that appears destined to be one of the growing number of high profile failures of 2018.

2 Minions out of 5


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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$15,951,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,672,673
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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