Producer Peter Jackson and co. have been hard at work at the Mortal Engines adaptation for some time. Based on the quartet of novels from author Philip Reeve, it takes place in a world completely ravaged by natural disasters. As a result, cities must now ride on wheels as giant steam machines and “eat” other cities for their resources.
It’s an interesting concept, it’s one that would take a hefty budget to bring to the big screen. Luckily, Jackson has brought along his team to make it happen, with King Kong artist and first-time feature director Christian Rivers at the helm.
Below is the official synopsis for Mortal Engines:
“Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.”
Overall, I’d say this movie has a pretty unique aesthetic that could draw audiences in, especially those who have grown sick of seeing superheroes. Mortal Engines utilizes a steampunk look at isn’t all that common in Hollywood cinema, and will hopefully be more of a driver of traffic than deterrent. It also has just enough of a core narrative present in the trailer to make me care about what’s going on. While it hasn’t quite sold me yet from a story perspective, I am intrigued to see more and make a decision later on.
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SOURCE: Universal Pictures