Mortal Engines (2018)


Mortal Engines

I can’t be the only one who was duped into thinking Peter Jackson directed this. The trailer never seemed that great to me, but seeing Jackson’s name attached made me think that this would be great. Was disappointed to finally find out that it wasn’t made by Jackson and also the negative reviews surrounding the film. I have to echo the sentiments of what others were saying, the film looks nice and you can tell effort was put into the film but it just never delivers.

The film is set on a post apocalyptic Earth, where cities are on wheels and motorized. These cities are at war with each other. Amidst all this Esther Shaw, a young assassin plots to get revenge against a man named Thaddeus Valentine because he had murdered her mother years prior. Along the way she befriends a man named Tom as they attempt to thwart Valentine and his plans to become an all powerful figure who plans to bring catastrophic results to the warring cities.

This film was filled with faces of actors that I didn’t recognize, apart from Hugo Weaving. I thought the characters weren’t strong nor did I have any real desire to get behind them. Some aren’t developed very well. The action is always present and the film looks great visually, nothing wrong with the effects here. The plot is disappointing and at times becomes wayward and just felt like a lesser version of other films like Star Wars and Mad Max: Fury Road.

The film was a large scale steam punk failure in all honesty. As it progressed I just felt less and less interested in the narrative. I mean maybe if you are baked you will find enjoyment in this but I thought it was unintentionally humorous and stupid. I feel like this is the type of film that will receive a sequel treatment if it does well in the box office. I hope not, its quite bad and remarkably forgettable.


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