Film Review: MORTAL ENGINES (USA/NZ 2018) ***

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In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay by), Philippa Boyens (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

Christian Rivers (who began his career working with LORD OF THE RINGS helmer, Peter Jackson) makes his directorial debut with an expensive $100-$150 million, no-holds barred blockbuster, MORTAL ENGINES based on the young adult novel of the same by Philip Reeve.

There is a lot of background concept to take in as the film begins.  The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by a “Sixty Minute War”, which caused massive geological upheaval.  To escape the earthquakes, volcanoes, and other instabilities, a Nomad leader called Nikola Quercus (known as god Nicholas Quirke by the…

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