Mortal Engines – Yup! This Was Bad

Rating (1.5 out of 5)

Summary: “Mortal Engines” failed to evoke any emotion in me. I felt nothing for or against any of the characters, and when the movie ended, all I wondered is where my time went. The specials effects disappointed and were stunningly unrealistic. Altogether, this movie is a dud, and I strongly suggest you avoid this film.

Plot: post-apocalyptic story of a girl, Hester (Hera Hilmar) who is seeking revenge on Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving)Unfortunately, Thaddeus created a weapon of mass destruction, and Hester must stop him or all will be lost. 

Detail: The movie fails to create an audience connection to any character. Our heroine Hester never is likable. The hero and love, Tom (Robert Sheehan), was a snooze, although they tried making him dorky cute. The one relationship that interested me was two side characters Bevis (Ronan Raftery) and Katherine (Leila George).  If you don’t care about the characters, it is difficult to care about the movie. 

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“Mortal Engines” is based on a book by Philip Reeve, and I am sure it is a fantastic book. Adapting a book to the big screen is difficult, because there is a substantial amount of content to cover but very little time. In this case, more needed to be cut from the story and/or the story rearranged to change our understanding of the characters. I felt nothing for or against any of the characters, and when the movie ended, all I wondered is where my time went. In this case, more needed to be cut from the story and/or the story rearranged to alter our understanding of the characters.  

Just because you can do something with special effects doesn‘t mean you should. The sets seemed like sets. Then they tried cutting away from the set to the CGI but then that seemed like a video game, i.e., not real. In both of the pictures below, you weren’t whisked away to a fantasy world, but someone acting on a set. Without a compelling story the movie required stellar special effects to compensate.  

I am at a loss at what the highlights of the film are. I know, you knew the movie was really bad when Tom went back to grab the leather jacket, to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a pilot.  

 

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