Movie Review: Mortal Engines, total flunk

Mortal Engines movie poster.

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Mortal Engines movie poster.

Peter Roscher, Staff writer


Mortal Engines was released on December 14, 2018, and was marketed as what was supposed to be the next dystopian society franchise. Having the creators of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, expectations were high from film critics and fans of the original book series by author Philip Reeves, for this particular film.

The movie was made with a budget of $150 million, and only made 102.6 million dollars at the Box Office, not even half of it’s main budget.

It’s no question as to why Mortal Engines was a complete failure at the box office on it release, only grossing 16 million in its opening couple of weeks.

Plot: Was there one to begin with?

The movie lacked any type of story and continued to introduce characters so quickly you didn’t have time to understand their background.

The main character felt flatter than a pancake with no personality.

The producers attempted to pull heart string with the death of some green robot, but instead it left the audience asking “Who was that guy, and why should I care?”

Overall Opinion:

The fact is this movie was an attempt to set up a franchise of movie based on this post apocalyptic world.

The writers messed up by attempting to introduce as many characters as fast as possible instead of focusing on cheating a good baseline story that other movies could build off of.

This left the viewer overwhelmed and not enough time for the characters to build personalities and backstories.

It didn’t help that the actors were trying to make cheesy lines as believable as possible with their overacting. You could almost laugh at the characters deaths as they screamed, “NOOOOOOO.”

With this movie’s ultimate failure being unavoidable, it looks like there won’t be any more movies in this short run.

If I had to sum up the best points of this movie, I would be forced to admit the scenery was beautiful with plenty of CGI battles to satisfy any computer geek, but if you plan on going for an interesting story line I would just stay home instead.