Movie Review: Mortal Engines (2018)

Mortal posterVisually, this is pretty incredible.

Stars: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving 
Christian Rivers

Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic future, people live in vast cities that move around on wheels consuming each other in order to source power and stay alive. Tom (Robert Sheehan) & Hester (Hera Hilmar) discover a conspiracy while in London and have to put their differences aside and work together if they are going to stop it and save what remains of the world.

Opinion: Movies like this are hard to comment on because on one hand they are visually incredible but on the other you’re left with a story that feels like it was too much in too short a time span. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is still enjoyable if dystopian epic fantasy films are your sort of thing, I just found myself wanting to know more about certain characters and to delve further into some of the side stories. The obvious answer to that is that it’s based on a book so the implication is that people have read it, but I haven’t and while I likely will now that I’ve watched it and enjoyed the story, it left me with a something is missing feeling throughout. Naturally this would also stem from the fact that the movie is over 2 hours long, and honestly it feels like a long 2 hours, so to keep adding all of the extra things in would have stretched it to a much longer time frame which just isn’t practical for movies that aren’t incredibly famous like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.
The film was packed full of really great performances by a relatively strong cast, however, there was still that factor of not enough screen time or not enough story arc that just didn’t allow for some of them to truly show what they were capable of. Overall, this movie is something special and is beautiful to look at, but it lacks where it really counts in the storyline that holds it all together.

Fun Facts: As it’s set in the way out there future, be sure to keep a look out for all the historical tech of the ‘ancients’ and the myths built up around what they are. It’s pretty silly but also a nice bit of humour thrown in to the mix.


Mortal rating

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