Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers.

Official trailers

Universal Pictures on Friday, October 05, 2018 released the trailer:
Mortal Engines - Official Trailer 2 (HD).

Story intro

Following a cataclysmic conflict known as the Sixty Minute War, the remnants of humanity regroup and form mobile cities. Under a philosophy known as "Municipal Darwinism", larger "predator" cities hunt and absorb smaller settlements in the "Great Hunting Ground", which includes Great Britain and Continental Europe. In opposition, settlements of the "Anti-Traction League" have developed an alternative civilization consisting of "static settlements" (traditional, non-mobile cities) in Asia led by Shan Guo (formerly China), protected by the "Shield Wall". Relics of 21st-century technology such as toasters, computers, and smartphones are valued as "Old-Tech." The city of London captures a small mining town called Salzhaken, absorbing its population and resources, under orders of Lord Mayor Magnus Crome. Tom Natsworthy, a young Apprentice Historian, arrives at London's "Gut" to collect Salzhaken's Old-Tech for London's Museum. Hester Shaw, a masked woman among the Salzhakens, attempts to kill Thaddeus Valentine, Head of the Guild of Historians, but Tom intervenes, pursuing Hester to a chute. Hester escapes, but not before telling him that Valentine murdered her mother and scarred her face. When Tom informs Valentine of this, he pushes Tom down the chute. Tom and Hester are forced to work together to traverse the Hunting Ground, finding refuge in a town called Scuttlebug, but the owners lock them in a cell, intending to sell them as slaves. Hester confides that Valentine killed her archaeologist mother Pandora after stealing a piece of Old-Tech she found in a dig in the Dead Continent of Americas, whilst young Hester escaped with a necklace her mother gave her. Meanwhile, Valentine frees Shrike, a reanimated cyborg known as a "Stalker", from an offshore prison to find and kill Hester. At the slave market of Rustwater, Tom and Hester are rescued by Anti-Traction League agent Anna Fang. During the chaos, they are pursued by Shrike, whom Hester reveals she knows. Hester explains that Shrike had found and raised her, and Hester promised to let him turn her into a Stalker like himself, but she left after discovering that London was in the Great Hunting Ground. In London, Valentine's good-natured daughter Katherine grows estranged from her father, especially after Apprentice Engineer Bevis Pod informs her that Valentine pushed Tom down the chute, and they learn Valentine's energy project in the re-purposed St Paul's Cathedral is more than it seems.


Hera Hilmar
Hester Shaw, Pandora's daughter and a disfigured, mask-wearing fugitive assassin with a personal vendetta against Thaddeus
Poppy MacLeod
Young Hester Shaw
Robert Sheehan
Tom Natsworthy, a low-class Apprentice Historian of London thrown out of the city and forced to ally himself with Hester and the resistance as an aviator
Hugo Weaving
Thaddeus Valentine, Deputy Lord Mayor, the insane archeologist and power-hungry Head of the Guild of Historians
Jihae Kim
Anna Fang, a pilot, warrior and leader of the Anti-Traction League, a resistance group banding against the moving cities devouring Earth's resources
Ronan Raftery
Bevis Pod, an Apprentice Engineer whom Katherine befriends
Leila George
Katherine Valentine, daughter of Thaddeus Valentine and one of London's elite
Patrick Malahide
Magnus Crome, the Lord Mayor of London
Stephen Lang
Shrike, a cyborg, the last of an undead battalion of soldiers known as Stalkers
Colin Salmon
Chudleigh Pomeroy, Tom's historian boss
Mark Mitchinson
Vambrace, Valentine's henchman
Regé-Jean Page
Captain Madzimoyo Khora, a Ruh-Shan member and Anti-Traction League aviator
Menik Gooneratne
Sathya Kuranath, a Ruh-Shan member and Anti-Traction League aviator
Frankie Adams
Yasmina Rashid, a Ruh-Shan member and Anti-Traction League aviator
Kahn West
Toa Heke, a Ruh-Shan member and Anti-Traction League aviator
Leifur Sigurdarson
Nils Lindstrom, a Ruh-Shan member and Anti-Traction League aviator
Andrew Lees
Herbert Melliphant, an Apprentice Engineer and Tom's rival
Sophie Cox
Clytie Potts, another key Historian
Kee Chan
Governor Kwan of Shan Guo
Sarah Peirse
Dr. Twix, Head of the Guild of Engineers secretly working for Valentine
Mark Hadlow
Stigwood, the Rustwater auctioneer
Caren Pistorius
Pandora Shaw, Hester's deceased mother, an archaeologist and a previous member of the Anti-Traction League
Joel Tobeck
Terry Norris
Professor Arkengarth, another key Historian
Aaron Jackson
Gench, Valentine's pilot
Stephen Ure


Principal photography began in April 2017, with shooting occurring at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, and was completed in July 2017.

The film Mortal Engines was scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on November 27, 2018 (London), on December 6, 2018 (New Zealand), on December 7, 2018 (New Zealand), on December 8, 2018 (New Zealand), on December 13, 2018 (Germany) and on December 14, 2018 (United States, United Kingdom).

The duration of the film is 128 minutes. With a budget of $100 - 150 million, the film grossed over $83.6 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Mortal Engines got low rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

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