Mortal Engines (2018)


Critic Consensus: Mortal Engines has no shortage of eye-catching special effects, but lacks enough high-octane narrative fuel to give this futuristic fantasy sufficient cinematic combustion.


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Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London -- now a giant, predator city on wheels -- from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

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Hugo Weaving
as Thaddeus Valentine
Hera Hilmar
as Hester Shaw
Robert Sheehan
as Tom Natsworthy
as Anna Fang
Ronan Raftery
as Bevis Pod
Leila George
as Katherine Valentine
Patrick Malahide
as Magnus Crome
Colin Salmon
as Chudleigh Pomeroy
Kee Chan
as Governor Khan
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Critic Reviews for Mortal Engines

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (23)

One of the most impressive examples of "world building" in recent years, surpassing such contenders as Valerian, Cloud Atlas, and even the recent Star Wars episodes.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Most of "Mortal Engines" is a wearying blast of CGI and genre-cribbing.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

How did this truly crummy movie get made?

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Mortal Engines" is an entertaining movie if you don't ask too many questions of the story and stick to what's put in front of you onscreen.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fortunately, all of it is brilliantly and efficiently explained in an interesting and compelling way. Just kidding.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It adds up to a giant slog, a movie that, despite its ambitious look, doesn't manage to offer us anything new. In the Screen Age, we'd refer to it as an epic fail.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines is based on Philip Reeve's 2001 novel and comes to audiences via producer Peter Jackson as directed by his protà (C)gà (C) Christian Rivers who served as a visual effects supervisor and storyboard artist on both of Jackson's Tolkien trilogies as well as King Kong and other projects. This is all to say that despite all of this Mortal Engines is somehow an ugly film-one that matches the grandeur of its story with its visuals only in fleeting moments, but is otherwise a bevy of good ideas executed without style and in a muddled fashion where the special effects render a picture as clear as a found footage film. This thing is fuzzy as f*&$. I especially like the idea that after modern society-or the "ancient world" as it is referred to-was decimated in less than a minute by some kind of super weapon that society essentially revived itself and started over and a thousand years later we are back in this very Victorian-like setting except for the fact London is on wheels and barreling through the wastelands that remain of earth's land masses looking for energy sources to sustain itself. It's bonkers, for sure, but not a particularly fun kind of bonkers. Robert Sheehan looks like the lovechild of Justin Long and Jimmy Fallon.

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