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In this fascinating vision of a post-apocalyptic world, humankind now resides on roving cities that prey on smaller towns for survival. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), resident of the great traction city of London, finds himself embroiled in an unexpected and dangerous adventure after forging an unlikely alliance with a fugitive named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Written by fantasy heavyweights Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens (the filmmakers behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and adapted from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines also stars Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang. But really, they had us at the mobile, predatory cities part.
- Hera Hilmar
- Robert Sheehan
- Hugo Weaving
- Ronan Raftery
- Leila George
- Patrick Malahide
- Stephen Lang
- Colin Salmon
- Mark Mitchinson
Did You Know?
- Christian Rivers' first full feature film as a director. He previously directed a short and a section of an anthology, and was storyboard artist/special effects designer on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films (who is also the producer of Mortal Engines).
- When Hester and Tom are rescued by the old couple in the centipede-like craft, they share a small room. Hester, while lying on her back, shares her sad life story. A tear rolls down her cheek, but, given the horizontal position she's in, this would be impossible. The tear should roll pass the side of her face.
- Hester Shaw: I was eight years old when my mother died. She loved traveling the world and digging up the past. He used to visit all the time, and then one day everything changed. She'd found something, something he wanted.
Atom User Reviews
Visual waa good. There were some good parts, but there wasn't a great connection. There are a lot of gaps I felt should have been filled throughout the storyline. I could have waited for this to come out.
Great visuals of the cities and you can see Peter Jacksons influence but the story needed better writing and kind of felt like a Matrix 3 movie.
I never would have thought I could get so little amusement out of a film where Hugo Weaving dramatically intones nonsense like “Prepare to ingest!”
In short, it's a long-arc revenge tale fitted out with very elaborate effects, courtesy of Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films, and characters that are moderately decent company but hardly compelling.
It’s an overpowering world of steampunk delights, almost Miyazakian in its presentation. It’s hard to complain about a path being well-worn when all the sights will make your eyes pop.