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A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw joins forces with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.
Action Adventure Fantasy - This is an effects-heavy science fiction/fantasy adventure. The one
recognizable face in the cast is Hugo Weaving as the villain. Young
adults are the target, and while language and bloodshed is at a
minimum, there are some intense action scenes and disturbing images
that would be too strong for young kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Mortal Engines isn't revolutionary nor does it "color outside the lines” in terms of its narrative or character interaction. But it succeeds in telling an engaging tale with sufficient flare and drive that it never threatens to overstay its welcome. As shepherded by filmmakers with a penchant for visual storytelling, Mortal Engines is two hours well-spent.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Even by the lower standards of kids' stuff, this movie is laughably portentous and kitschy, and gets progressively worse, what with the heavy-handed introduction of the ethnically diverse rebel flyer team and the Dalai Lama lookalike leader of the Asian territory Thaddeus intends to bulldoze.
NY PostFull Review Below Average There's some steampunk design to like, plus a Frankenstein's-monster zombie...and the gangster confidence of actress Jihae as a resistance fighter. But most of "Mortal Engines” is a wearying blast of CGI and genre-cribbing...
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average ...Mortal Engines is really only interested in putting its characters in as close proximity as possible to stunning CG landscapes. ...it's not enough to save this expensive and loud YA epic, which manages maybe one decent gag in its entire running time...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 29 moviegoers:
TEENS: Three males loved it and one enjoyed it very much. Just one of the two females loved it. The other rated it "below average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male didn't enjoy it. ad for the ladies, one loved it, one enjoyed it very much and one rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: These are very good, but not quite great reviews, from both males and females. Just over half of both males and females loved "Mortal Engines." Another 25% to 30% rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, about 25% of the males and 10% of the females rated it just "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Another 10% of the ladies actually disliked it.
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.