Mortal Engines (2018)


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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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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (9)

There is fine craftsmanship on the screen, and the acting is competent, but the movie never quite reaches magical heights.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's well-designed as a means to transport and entertain effectively. It's for you.

December 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Like the Hobbit movies, Mortal Engines is a relentless assault of CGI and earsplitting noise.

December 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The storytelling execution is just not totally there, a flat tire on the highway to being the next big thing.

December 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's so much to love here, and so little opportunity to enjoy it.

December 5, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Certainly lavish and expensive looking but never thoroughly locks in to capture the imagination or sweep you off to a new world where you particularly want to spend time.

December 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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