About the film
Director: Christian Rivers
Actors: Leila George, Hera Hillmar, Ronan Raftery, Robert Sheehan, Hugo WeavingWe are far off into a distant post-apocalyptic future with the Mad Maestro of Middle Earth Peter Jackson at the helm. Mortal Engines is a story that revolves around giant motorized cities, flying ships, steampunk cyborgs and the incredibly cool rebel pilot, Anna Fang, a role for which South Korean musician and multimedia artist Jihae has been rather ingeniously cast. Adapted (on steroids) from Philip Reeves’ neo-Victorian steampunk fantasy of the same name, is supersized, bombastic and spectacular.
Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar plays a young orphan bent on revenging her mother's death and becomes involved in a fiendish plot to unleash centuries old technology with the power to destroy the world.
Her target is Hugo Weaving's duplicitous patrician, who's geared to driving London to a brighter future.
Tremendously designed and rendered in faultless CGI throughout, it's a world where Europeans inhabit cities resting on ginormous armoured vehicles which prey on smaller mechanical towns for scarce materials such as fuel and salt.
There are sea-travelling prison towns on crab-like legs, small scavenger villages and a floating hot air balloon metropolis, while in the Asiatic east a static settlement sits behind a huge wall and is presented as a fortified Shangri-la.
Mortal Engines looks like it cost about a billion dollars and is beautifully freaky popcorn bliss.