Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Adaptation of Philip Reeve's sci-fi novel series, co-produced and co-written by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Stars Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar.

Set in a world many thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever-diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy (Sheehan) has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.

2018Rating: M, Science fiction themes & violence128 minsNew Zealand, USA
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Mortal Engines / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Set in a futuristic world where massive cities on wheels swallow small cities on wheels, Philip Reeve's four-book Mortal Engines series basically screamed: "Film me!" Who better to hear that roar than the powerhouse production team who made the gargantuan Lord of the Rings a cinematic reality? Making his directorial feature debut, Peter Jackson's long-time colleague Christian Rivers has constructed a beautiful, burly, bustling blockbuster that visually magnifies a crazy concept.

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Variety

Variety

The movie devolves from promising to unwieldy, then baffling, then exhausting, then finally unintentionally hysterical.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

In all its effortful steampunkiness, Mortal Engines isn't a film which is particularly exciting or funny, and the idea of the "traction city" is a stylistic and visual design tic that you just have to take or leave.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Sticking with the anatomical analogy, the screenplay has had a lot to digest yet it's succeeded, laying the basis for a rousing tale in which action, character and a dazzling production design strike a perfect balance.

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Stuff

Stuff

Mortal Engines hits the screen running and never really lets up the pace.

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Stuff

Stuff

It might not do anything narratively you won't see coming, but it does it all with such pace, style and commitment to making every frame a thing of wonder, I couldn't help but admire and respect it.

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Newshub

Newshub

While for me, Mortal Engines wasn't quite firing on all cylinders, there's no question it's a big screen ride worth taking, especially given the original source material.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Certainly lavish and expensive looking but never thoroughly locks in to capture the imagination or sweep you off to a new world where you particularly want to spend time.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...imaginative fun and escapist adventure.

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