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Mortal Engines

In a world devastated by an apocalypse, where mobile cities traverse the desolate lands and feed on one another for survival, the paths of two individuals intertwine within the metropolis of London, as they embark on a mission to thwart a nefarious plot.

Mortal Engines

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United States
128 minutes
2.39 : 1

About 'Mortal Engines'

“Mortal Engines” is a 2018 dysto­pian adven­ture film based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve. It was dir­ected by Chris­tian Rivers, while Peter Jackson was involved as a pro­ducer. The film is set in a post-apo­ca­lyptic world where cities ride giant bikes through the waste­land, devouring each other for resources.

The plot of the film focuses on young Hester Shaw, who seeks revenge against Thad­deus Valentine, a powerful his­torian respons­ible for the murder of her mother. Hester teams up with Tom Nats­worthy, an appren­tice his­torian betrayed by Valentine, and together they attempt to counter Valentine’s evil plans and instigate a revolu­tion against the mobile cities.

“Mortal Engines” presents a number of insane ideas that give the film its unique atmo­sphere. One of the most intriguing con­cepts is that of the so-called “Pred­ator cities”. These gigantic cities are mounted on huge wheels, which allows them to move around and devour other smaller cities for their resources. It is an impressive visual dis­play and cre­ates a con­stant ten­sion as the cities com­pete with each other in a con­stant race for resources and sur­vival.

Another inter­esting aspect of the film is the idea of the “Anti-Trac­tion League”. This group of res­ist­ance fighters fights against the dom­in­a­tion of mobile cities and tries to restore the nat­ural order. They use altern­ative means of trans­port such as air­ships and are com­mitted to sus­tain­ab­ility and the pro­tec­tion of nature. This idea reflects the con­flicts between indus­tri­al­isa­tion and envir­on­mental pro­tec­tion and gives the film a polit­ical fla­vour.

In addi­tion, the film also con­tains a dash of steam­punk aes­thetics, with steam-powered machines and a mix of Vic­torian style and futur­istic tech­no­logy. This blend of bygone era and futur­istic ele­ments gives “Mortal Engines” a unique visual iden­tity.

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We have to stop London before it destroys us.

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