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5 Reasons Why ‘Mortal Engines’ Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

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Mortal Engines brings forth some engaging post-apocalyptic madness for your eyes. With acclaimed producer Peter Jackson attached, it was destined to be a box office hit. Unfortunately, the Christian Rivers directed film wasn’t well-received time by fans and critics. We look at what went wrong with what was supposed to be an exhilarating adventure.

Thanks For The Memories

The premise for Mortal Engines sounds appealing on paper. Popular cities are now transformed into tanks known as predator cities. In order to grow and survive, these cities must take resources from smaller areas. The novels became critical darlings with this formula. The movie buffs, however, found it a bit hard to take in.

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Blast From The Past

The movie takes place in the distant future following the Sixty Minute War. While they have brand new tech, things that we use today are relics to them. One major plot point involves Hester’s mother holding a flashdrive that can shut down the superweapon MEDUSA. With such futuristic tech, using a modern device to change the tide seemed a bit out there.

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A Way With Words

Another situation that plagued the film involves the script. While Jackson and Philippa Boyens delivered gold with Lord of the Rings, the dialogue here fell flat. Fortunately, the acting is great despite the difficulty of the script. There’s also the great special effects throughout the movie. These visuals earned the film a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project.

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Off The Wall

The climax of the movie involved a major battle between London and Batmunkh Gompa’s shield wall. This wall is the only thing standing in the way of London taking over the city. With London devouring everything in sight, it needed a challenge. Not having a legitimate force to stop them didn’t sit well with many people.

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Use The Force?

Mortal Engines has a strong Star Wars influence, and unfortunately, that’s a problem. At the end of the movie, they simply redo Star Wars‘ biggest moments. During a fight, Valentine revealed that he was Hester’s father. Destroying London before it annihilated Batmunkh Gompa’s shield wall is ripped straight from A New Hope. Like Oscar Wilde once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

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