Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

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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
Science FictionBlockbuster
91%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

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.

4.0
0

Very cool movie!

5.0
0

brilliant example of a social commentary

5.0
0

Mortal Engines: Rise - The World of the Traction Cities.

Mortal Engines is a different kind of movie, one that brings you closer to the truth. Everyone says don’t believe the hype except of course if the hype is for something to fail. The movie Mortal Engines will be a cult classic – guaranteed. The only question is did you experience it on the big screen when you had the chance? The critics tell us that...

5.0
0

Suspend disbelief - like absolutely turn off that switch - rip it out of the wall

Do that and you may enjoy it. Overall its ok. Its like watching the Matrix, mixed with the terminator with a pinch of MadMax, Labyrinth, Lord of the rings and a bunch of ps4 games. Could have been two movies - would have made more sense that way. If you like to burn suspicious substances to adjust your reality then you may only fall asleep half way...

2.0
0

5 star visual effects and models brought down by a weak 1 star story line

This film made me glad I skipped reading the book on which it is based upon.

2.0
0

Some nice visuals but not much more.

It has (some) visual elements to it, but not enough fuel in its narration and characters to keep it moving.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...imaginative fun and escapist adventure.

0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

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.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...imaginative fun and escapist adventure.

0

Very cool movie!

5.0
0

brilliant example of a social commentary

5.0
0

Mortal Engines: Rise - The World of the Traction Cities.

Mortal Engines is a different kind of movie, one that brings you closer to the truth. Everyone says don’t believe the hype except of course if the hype is for something to fail. The movie Mortal Engines will be a cult classic – guaranteed. The only question is did you experience it on the big screen when you had the chance? The critics tell us that...

5.0
0

Suspend disbelief - like absolutely turn off that switch - rip it out of the wall

Do that and you may enjoy it. Overall its ok. Its like watching the Matrix, mixed with the terminator with a pinch of MadMax, Labyrinth, Lord of the rings and a bunch of ps4 games. Could have been two movies - would have made more sense that way. If you like to burn suspicious substances to adjust your reality then you may only fall asleep half way...

2.0
0

5 star visual effects and models brought down by a weak 1 star story line

This film made me glad I skipped reading the book on which it is based upon.

2.0
0

Some nice visuals but not much more.

It has (some) visual elements to it, but not enough fuel in its narration and characters to keep it moving.

3.0
0