MORTAL ENGINES (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Mortal Engines
—wannabe Blockbuster post-apocalyptic film—tries so hard. But, this movie concentrates so much on the concept of mobile cities and special effects that it forgot about storyline and acting. Movie-making has a reason…story-telling…an art that is anything but superficial. It answers questions, expands thinking, provides ‘time-out’ from life, provides importance to the many ways life can unfold. A movie should always be able to answer the question: Why is this important and what is the reason an audience would want to see this film. What would captivate an audience so that it does not walk out on an entertainment piece. What are the factors that would make an audience want to add a movie to the home video collection and why will this particular film transcend the years to continue offering value. These questions need to be answered before filming, let alone writing. This film’s storyline is thin and needs clarity or purpose. The idea of moving cities is terrific…let’s expand on that and add depth with an outstanding storyline that involves audience heart, makes them care.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


After a devastating war, humans continue to devour each other with mobile cities that roam the earth looking for other cities to add to their own.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Christian Rivers for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Philippa Boyers and Ken Kamins for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), Anna Fang (Jihae), Bevis Pod (Ronan Raftery), Katherine Valentine (Leila George), Magnus Crome (Patrick Malahide), Shrike (Stephen Lang), Chudleigh Pomeroy (Colin Salmon), Vambrace (Mark Mitchinson), and Captain Khora (Regé-Jean Page).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Not much to go on here except the idea of moving cities.

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