Mortal Engines (2018)



Critic Consensus: Mortal Engines has no shortage of eye-catching special effects, but lacks enough high-octane narrative fuel to give this futuristic fantasy sufficient cinematic combustion.

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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.


Hugo Weaving
as Thaddeus Valentine
Hera Hilmar
as Hester Shaw
Robert Sheehan
as Tom Natsworthy
as Anna Fang
Ronan Raftery
as Bevis Pod
Leila George
as Katherine Valentine
Patrick Malahide
as Magnus Crome
Colin Salmon
as Chudleigh Pomeroy
Kee Chan
as Governor Khan
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"Mortal Engines" is an entertaining movie if you don't ask too many questions of the story and stick to what's put in front of you onscreen.

December 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fortunately, all of it is brilliantly and efficiently explained in an interesting and compelling way. Just kidding.

December 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It adds up to a giant slog, a movie that, despite its ambitious look, doesn't manage to offer us anything new. In the Screen Age, we'd refer to it as an epic fail.

December 13, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…

"Mortal Engines" is such a visual marvel, such a dazzling, pictorially involving imagining of the future, it's a shame it's not completely worth seeing.

December 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The story is bloated and, despite flashes of imagination, overly familiar.

December 13, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Mortal Engines marshals billions of pixels and barely an iota of inspiration.

December 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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