Mortal Engines Reviews
Gives the feeling of DIMENSION, a great movie for its time.
"Mortal Engines" is a huge-scaled dystopian novel taking place few centuries after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, known as Sixty-Minute War, and cities are now able to mobilize towards the survival of the fittest for resources with London as a giant predator on wheels devouring everything in its path. The only one who can disabled London's engines and secretive, destructive plan of power is Hester Shaw, fiercely-driven with a personal vendetta in memory of her mother. She's later joined by London outcast Tom Natsworthy and dangerous outlaw Anna Fang with a similar motive, while London's head Thaddeus Valentine is in calm desperation to move forward his plan of a supposable key to use increased power to forcibly gather more resources.
It provides an enjoyable thrilling experience by its expected spectacle that settled its own theatrical scale as a way to validate a worthy cinematic experience with visualized set pieces that garners awes, as well visually proved helpful on an impacting scale of the narration that the film delivers in envisioned emphasis. Furthermore, the atmosphere is routinely backed up by Junkie XL's riveting score, and a little from the cast's decent performances, especially Hera Hilmar's breakthrough heroine. Also, there's a subtle interpretation on the dystopian context that led up to a question regarding the rules of the genre of unwanted necessary, solidly strong unity as a sane logical movement. With this amount of imprinting deliverance that a film could entertain, it's however still unbalanced.
Unlike the injected cinematic devices onto the source material, it has left quite a distance from the story not being at the same imprinting level. The structure is clear enough to see how it was initially written, the general story itself enforced the negative tip of the balance scale by the simultaneous soullessness when the spectacle takes the driver's seats with overcoming machines till man re-claims the steering wheel at the last minute. If you were writing a story over the Grand Canyon, how can you justify the immersive offering smoothly while having human drama at its justifying center? That's what Jackson and his frequent collaborative team missed, thus meeting the newly set low bar.
"Mortal Engines" finds Christian Rivers' directorial debut in a similar matter of a production crew role under the guide of an acclaimed director taking on the challenge of helming a project, and he'd reached the acceptable standard with expected imagery and scale of exceptional spirit within a sort-of immersive experience. Even though it has become a new title in the aforementioned book list of ill-fate blocked continuation because the flaws reached towards a level of an unbalanced impression, it still delivers with acceptable enjoyment. (B)
One of the most visually impressive and delicious films I've ever seen, the sense of scale was spectacular. I found myself wondering if it would have fared better if instead of London, the film was made about New York to capture American audiences more.