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Mortal engines

Set in a really rubbish future, big cities now travel the world on wheels, gobbling up small towns… that are also on wheels, yeah weird right.

Director

Christian Rivers

Released

2018

Budget

$100 – $150 million

Box Office

$80.1 million

Film synopsis

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..

THE GOOD

The design of these cities is genius, the way they have used famous landmarks and incorporated them into working machinery is wonderful. That’s it, that’s all I can praise this film for.

THE Bad

This film is a piece of crap. The first 5 minutes was OK, kind of like Mad Max for kids and then it slowly descended into an absolute mess, with terrible acting and really crap CGI.

There are twists that you can see coming from a mile off, I know what you’re saying: “You’re an adult, this film is for kids, of course you can see twists coming!” – Well actually smart arse, I watched this with my 10 year old son and he called the twists every time.

This film looks like the Director spent several weeks watching every Wachowski Brothers (or Sisters, or whatever in tarnations they are these days) film and decided to dial up the ridiculous level to 100 and then mix it with his own poor attempt at mimicking Terry Gilliam, before adding a final sprinkle of turd glitter. 

OUR SCORE : 2/10

The only thing that got me through this fiasco was every time Robert Sheehan was on screen, I would smirk to myself, thinking of him in Misfits and the scene below… which sums up this film perfectly… it was wank.

What do the others say?

Don’t just take my word for it, have a look to see what the big players like Rotten Tomatoes (RT), IMBD, Meteoritic and Honest Trailer have to say. There’s also featurette about the models they used of the cities, which is a 1000 times more interesting than the film.

 

RT

CRITICS SCORE

26%

RT

AUDIENCE SCORE

59%

IMBD

MARKS OUT OF 10

6.3

METACRITIC

MARKS OUT OF 100

44

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