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Mortal Engines

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2018
  • Christian Rivers
  • 123 mins
  • 12

Summary

Science-fiction action epic starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar and Hugo Weaving. Following an apocalyptic event, the Earth's societies have fractured and become giant, mobile vehicles in constant conflict. When apprentice historian Tom, a Londoner, meets Hester, a Bavarian girl bent on avenging the murder of her mother, the flames of revolution are fanned.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A thousand years in the future, archaeologists unearth statues of Despicable Me's Minions and assume they're religious icons worshipped by we "ancients". Maybe they're right. It's a rare moment of humour in an epic that otherwise lumbers inexorably across the screen like its visually arresting main motif: mobile cities. An apocalyptic "quantum weapons" war has devastated the planet and left civilisation's remnants divided between fixed settlements and predatory cities mounted on huge, caterpillar-tracked platforms. The story based on Philip Reeve's bestseller sees Hugo Weaving's mobile London (an unholy hybrid of St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben) chug-chugging across a Channel land bridge in its constant search for food and fuel, and then heading east to unleash a rebuilt quantum weapon on a prosperous, settled township. But that's only if young rebels with personal agendas (Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar) don't stop him first. Essentially a steampunk riff on Star Wars, the feature debut from director Christian Rivers (protégé of co-writer/co-producer Peter Jackson) is visually stunning, with the steam-powered mobile cities especially impressive. The script and the performances are fine but, if anything, it's the film's visuals that will stay in the memory.

Credits

Cast

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Thaddeus ValentineHugo Weaving
Hester ShawHera Hilmar
Tom NatsworthyRobert Sheehan
ShrikeStephen Lang
Anna FangJihae
Bevis PodRonan Raftery
Katherine ValentineLeila George
Magnus CromePatrick Malahide

Crew

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DirectorChristian Rivers

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2018-12-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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