Mortal Engines

An entertaining fantasy film - 6.5/10

by The Movie Inspector

An entertaining fantasy film, Mortal Engines does a great job at presenting its intriguing concept and a visually beautiful setting. It’s also matched with a soundtrack that perfectly fits its energetic flow and sets the tone of the film despite some flaws within its narrative.

First off, this film is a really fun one that can be enjoyed regardless of its weak and predictable story. It kicks off with a highly energetic opening sequence that’ll surely remind viewers of the blood pumping chase sequences from 2015’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, and instantly hook them. ‘Mortal Engines’ follows Hester Shaw, a mysterious young woman who sets herself on a path for vengeance in a post apocalyptic world threatened by a giant predator city on wheels.

The whole idea that the film builds on is a very compelling one and throughout its runtime it’s constantly engaging. The film has some very interesting characters but unfortunately some of them lack proper depth and motivation. A few characters weren’t given enough screen time whereas others didn’t add that much to the storyline as a whole. When it comes to the series of events in the film, it doesn’t feature anything that stands out, however it never allows viewers to feel bored because its constantly busy. It mainly opts to rehashed ideas from different movies but this doesn’t turn it into a mess as the outcome is acceptable.

The most interesting thing about the film is it’s world, because even though we’ve seen such a dystopian depiction of the future in various movies, this one is just so vivid. I believe this is partly due to the great creative team behind the film, formed by the group of people responsible for the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies, including Peter Jackson himself. So it’s a light and enjoyable fantasy film that many people will definitely enjoy, so make sure to give it a shot and let me know if you enjoy it!


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