"Mortal Engines" is a 2018 steampunk film directed by Christian Rivers.
The starring cast includes Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw, Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy, Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine, Jihae as Anna Fang, Ronan Raftery as Bevis Pod, Leila George as Katherine Valentine, Patrick Malahide as Magnus Crome, Stephen Lang as Shrike, Colin Salmon as Chudleigh Pomeroy, Mark Mitchinson as Vambrace and others.
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Universal Pictures on Friday, October 05, 2018 released the trailer for "Mortal Engines" you can watch here:
Mortal Engines - Official Trailer 2 (HD).
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Set more than a thousand years in the future following a cataclysmic conflict known as the Sixty Minute War, the remnants of mankind regroup and form mobile cities, called "Traction 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 by historians as "Old-Tech."
The city of London captures a small Bavarian mining town called Salzhaken, absorbing its population and resources, under orders of Lord Mayor Magnus Crome (Patrick Malahide). Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an apprentice historian, arrives at London's "Gut" to collect Salzhaken's Old-Tech for London's Museum. Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a masked twenty-something woman among the Salzhakens, attempts to assassinate Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), 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, surviving Southies, Scavs on a night hunt, and finding refuge in a vehicle 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 the Americas, while young Hester escaped with a necklace her mother gave her. Meanwhile, Valentine frees Shrike (Stephen Lang), a reanimated cyborg known as a "Stalker", from the offshore walking prison Sharkmoor, to find and kill Hester. At the slave market of Rustwater in the Outlands, Tom and Hester are rescued by Anti-Traction League agent Anna Fang (Jihae). During the chaos, they are pursued by Shrike, whom Hester reveals she knows. Hester explains that Shrike had found and raised her after escaping Valentine, and Hester promised to let him turn her into a Stalker like himself, but she left after discovering that London had entered the Great Hunting Ground, giving her a chance to kill Valentine. In London, Valentine's good-natured daughter Katherine grows estranged from her father, especially after Apprentice Engineer Bevis Pod (Ronan Raftery) 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.
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"Mortal Engines" movie release date was scheduled to be on November 27, 2018 (London), on December 6, 2018 (New Zealand) and on December 14, 2018 (United States) distributing by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE), Universal Studios, CJ CGV Viet Nam, CinemArt, Forum Film Bulgaria, NCG Distribution, Ro Image 2000, Toho-Towa, Tulip Entertainment, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures Argentina, Universal Pictures Canada, Universal Pictures International (UPI), 9Go! and Net5.
The duration of the film is 128 minutes. With a budget of $100 - 150 million, the film grossed over $83.7 million.
"Mortal Engines" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.
Principal photography began in April 2017, with shooting occurring at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, and was completed in July 2017.
"Mortal Engines" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.1/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 26/100. But the audience kinda likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.
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