Mortal Engines (2018)

“Sixty minutes is all it took to bring humanity to the very brink of extinction. Mankind mobilized, a new age arose. The Age of the Great Predator Cities. Survival of the Fastest.” – Chudleigh Pomeroy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – In a dystopian society where they regards 21st century technology as artifacts, a mysterious girl tries to infiltrate London and kill the man who murdered her mother.

My Take on it – I was actually quite excited to see this film since I knew that it was another Peter Jackson adaptation from a fantasy novel series.

Unfortunately, this film is quite horrendous since it isn’t able to feel unique or original in both it’s story and setting.

The pacing is extremely slow and it takes forever to get to its point, which isn’t that surprising since it is a bit predictable along the way.

This is a story that seems to borrow a bit too much from other stories/films in this kind of dystopian future genre.

It feels as if it is mostly just moving in place instead of finding its own voice among the many very loud voices already out there.

They fail to properly develop any of the characters in a way that makes us care more about them and the back stories presented for these characters are pretty bland and generic and feel like they are just par for the course for this kind of genre instead of trying to give us something new and innovative.

The one thing that is truly great here are the special effects which are breath taking to watch, but the lack of enough of a “meaty” story here leave it all feeling bone dry which is quite disappointing.

Bottom Line –  Terrible film that doesn’t feel original enough and moves along at a really slow and boring pace. The story borrows much too heavily from other fantasy/adventure films and feels as if it’s just churning along, spinning its wheels without accomplishing very much.  None of the characters are developed well enough and their ack stories all seem quite generic and par for the course for a story set in a fantasy world.  The one thing that is great here are the special effects which are quite captivating to look at even if their isn’t enough “meat” on the bone of the story.  Quite a disappointment!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jackson purchased the rights to the book in 2009, but the film languished for several years before being officially announced in 2016. Jackson brought on several members of his production teams from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series, and filming took place from April to July 2017 in New Zealand. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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2 thoughts on “Mortal Engines (2018)

  1. Good review! I didn’t think it was that bad, but it definitely borrowed way too much from other movies. I’d put it on the same level as City of Ember, a decent dystopian adventure that looks great but isn’t especially memorable otherwise.


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