Mortal Engines is a 2018 release famous among the young adult fantasy genre. It is directed by Christian Rivers, based on the novel mortal engine by Philip Reeve, under the genre Steampunk with a perfect amalgamation of dystopia and whimsical moments intermittently. It is surely a great watch for YA lovers. Its intriguing chronicles will make you yearn for more feats.
When it comes to adventure fantasy, River never fails to disappoint his audience, as it’s evident from his previous work in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring. The movie turned out to be one of the biggest box office bombs in history, with its worth extending up to 80 3.7 million dollars.
So what’s the Mortal Engines about?
A power play that recites the brawl in the post-apocalyptic era, where the predator mobile cities are gobbling up frail cities and dwindling their resources. A philosophical term- Municipal Darwinism, came into action with the catastrophe which destroyed human civilization. The ‘Medusa’ is a superweapon that drives the world to the verge of extinction, Shattering it to pieces. Nothing is left but barren land with crumbled infrastructure: museums stock mobiles, television and toasters as an archetype remembrance of what the world has lost.
Survival took its course into greed with battlegrounds including Great Britain and Continental Europe prowling their way up to hunt statics settlements in Asia, majorly China with Shan Guo as its leader. Anti-Traction leagues ( sedentary cities) are protecting themselves with walled shields.
The scene follows up the Thaddeus Valentine capturing Bavarian city under the command of Lord Mayor Magnus Crome and exploiting it for its mining riches. Thaddeus is an evil man masking his intentions from his Mayor. Tom Natsworthy, with the help of Hester Shaw, identifies Thaddeus’ plan of wielding Medusa again to capture china. Tom and Hester, in an attempt to guard themselves from Thaddeus, sent the green-eyed monster to end up in the slave market. But they are saved by Anna, who will help them take down Thaddeus’ evil plan.
As it turns out later in the story that Hester was after Thaddeus because he killed her mother and the green-eyed monster is the one who took care of her. The monster got angry with her as she broke her promise of turning into a monster herself. But as the movie unfolds, we will see the monster will be the one helping Hester and Shawn with a locket hiding ‘crash drive’, which will dampen the Medusa saving the world from the Traction Cities evil.
Cast of the Mortal Engines
The popularity of the movie, apart from its intriguing plot, was also credited to Hugo Weaving with his famous role as the villain of Captain America the First Avenger. He has been a part of several other blockbusters like the Matrix and the Lord of the Rings.
You Will also get to see Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar.
The message of the movie
Overuse of non-renewable energy sources adding to environmental degradation. The film indirectly highlights the disruption, destruction and greed that capitalism brings along. The supernatural elements of the movie elucidate a metaphor for where our world might be heading to.
With an IMDb rating of 6.1/10. The fans are eagerly waiting for its sequel.
Mortal engines surely is an underrated movie for all the hidden messages it carries. The audiences with a keen eye can catch the intricacies hidden beneath the throttling city engines and guarded shields. I am sure you will like it.
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