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3.0 of 5 from 622 ratings
2h 3min
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Synopsis:
Hundreds of years after our civilisation was destroyed, a new world has emerged. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London - now a giant predator city on wheels - from devouring everything in its path.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , Leifur Sigurdarson, Kahn West, , Sophie Cox, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Deborah Forte, Peter Jackson, Amanda Walker, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner
Writers:
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Top 100 Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/04/2019
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Arabic, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Welcome to London: In this 5-part, behind-the-scenes look, filmmakers reveal the secrets behind the ambitious undertaking of putting an entire city on wheels
  • End oft he Ancients
  • Director Commentary
  • In the Air
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/04/2019
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Arabic, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Welcome to London: In this 5-part, behind-the-scenes look, filmmakers reveal the secrets behind the ambitious undertaking of putting an entire city on wheels
  • End oft he Ancients
  • Character Series
  • In the Air
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/04/2019
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Welcome to London: In this 5-part, behind-the-scenes look, filmmakers reveal the secrets behind the ambitious undertaking of putting an entire city on wheels
  • End oft he Ancients
  • Character Series
  • In the Air
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/04/2019
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
Czech, English, French, Hungarian
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Complex Mandarin, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Simplified Mandarin, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Welcome to London
  • Feature Commentary

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Reviews (18) of Mortal Engines

Fantastic film! - Mortal Engines review by HF

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18/01/2019

Exciting tale written by Phil Reeve, this film brings his super books to life. Best film I've seen for ages, ignore the critics - this film is certainly worth watching!

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Fantastic visuals. good story but it's an edited mess lacking spark and charisma - Mortal Engines review by Tej

Spoiler Alert
29/04/2019

There are films that oozes in class and charisma, regardless of whether the film's tone is lightweight or dark. Lord of the Rings is a dark tale for example but its direction oozed class, humour, bombast and engaging characters. Harry Potter was part whimsical that gradually grew darker in tone through the series but always maintained that much needed wealth of charisma.

Mortal Engines has potential and certainly delivers a visually sweeping epic...but much of it's character's dynamic are directed with utter blandless. The actors are more than capable and do their best but apart from the always reliable Hugo Weaving, they can't rise above the bland direction which is a real shame.

The film also felt tremendously chopped up, not giving any room for certain important story threads to breath and gain an emotional response from me that they should otherwise deserve. Support characters being introduced but never fleshed out...a problem that most multi book series suffer from in film adaptations which is understandable but better craftsmanship would maintain better focus. Here it's just too compressed, all over the place and severely serious all the time.

I can imagine the books would have been quite a great read. I might even pick up on reading the series (so I guess this film did enough to get me interested).

There are some memorable moments, mainly the opening scene's village true nature! And a particular "Terminator" type character demanding as much screen presence as Hugo Weaving.

It's such a mess but I still recommend it if you are a Fantasy movie junkie as it certainly offers enough entertainment...just not with the same class as other notable classics.

3/5

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Mortally Obvious - Mortal Engines review by porky

Spoiler Alert
01/05/2019

I found it incredibly Obvious and slightly Irritating .

Just Steampunk Heavy Style without a Strong enough Story.

Who Cares who wins,you don't really know anything about Anyone enough to care for them because it is all Visual Heavy and Character Light .?

Too Much CGI for my liking.Personally I can Abide Animation,it is Flat,Cold and Dead ,I loose interest quickly with it .

If you have ever seen 'Monty Pythons Meaning Of Life' it begins with a Fake Film Short ; 'The Scarlet Permanent Assurance ' about an Investment Bank that becomes a Pirate Ship....This is Just THAT small Python sketch ,totally Ripped Off and Made into a Full Movie .

I couldn't wait for it to finish .

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Mortal Engines review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Decades ago, Peter Jackson’s WingNut production company made a cheap and clever film called Bad Taste, made for little money and shot on weekends, but oozing with as much charm as it was gross brains spilling out of heads. Now, in 2018, his company has made Mortal Engines, a big-budget blockbuster based on the young adult novel that is devoid of personality. A budget of $100 million can’t make up for the lacking personality, as the film comes off as little more than another clunker of the subgenre.

More thought has been put into this amazing post-apocalyptic world with its towering cities and alternative aircraft. It really says something about an adventure film such as this where the mobile version of London, its many buildings and landmarks sitting atop a giant tank, has more personality than any of its characters. The hero is Hester, a young girl that has revenge on her mind but must ultimately save the day and come to terms with her sordid past. The villain is the evil London historian Thaddeus, dabbling in pre-apocalypse weapons to maybe rule over London one day. Tom is a plainly plucky young historian that will end up in a romance with Hester because the plot requires one, pushing them together like a kid making their dolls kiss each other forcibly.

Other characters are thrown into the mix. Anna Fang is a rebel working against the tank cities who looks like she belongs more in a post-apocalyptic 1980s than the dirtier and grimy world of tanks. No, wait, she has more the look of a Final Fantasy character with her huge hair, bright red jacket, designer sunglasses, and shotgun. She looks so strange amid the rebels and city-dwellers that all look either filthy or old-fashioned proper. Another character thrown into the mix is the zombie-cyborg Shrike (Stephen Lang) who hunts down Hester like a green-eyed Terminator, a bone still left to pick with her. He has a backstory that may be the most interesting of the lot but he’s reduced to a mere supporting character.

You don’t even have to wait for the credits to know this movie was based on a young adult novel. You can feel how overstuffed this picture is with characters, machines, colonies, backstories, and tropes that it’s struggling to get too much of the source material crammed into a tight two hours. This leads to several deeply confusing scenes about how Tom is such a great amateur pilot and how Hester just happens to have a third act MacGuffin that she was aloof to for years, including her mother who may or may not have seen these events coming. The film also doesn’t have time to introduce other supporting characters who receive little more than brief shots and you’re just expected to know and care about them so that it’s tragic if a few of them die.

I almost feel guilty giving Mortal Engines a mild pass for its visuals that are certainly big and detailed on the IMAX screen because everything else about the picture is a real snooze. By the second act, it becomes very clear this story is on a rigid track and won’t surprise in the least with any unique twists or changes in characters. Perhaps the book would’ve made a better video game considering how much I adored the architecture over the people living inside the cities that can eat towns.

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