Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

DVD - 2019
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 128 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,color
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0
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Oct 12, 2019

enjoyed the movie. tin man with a little heart.

Sep 18, 2019

More please. Well done, close to the book. If you want more, read all the books. You'll have the visuals from the movie for your imagination to use as a jumping of point.

Sep 15, 2019

this movie is something truly extraordinary on a visual level. unlike Aquaman though the story is more the just a shallow (pun intended) but still beautiful world. this would make a perfect DR Who story. it combines the insanity of mad max, ups it to the nth degree with actual mobile cities that actually are somehow look real and livable (if you ignore the insanity of the engineering involved). the fact that most of what you see is a REAL not CGI set is really impressive. you have a very diverse array of characters. frankly i love this movie because i can distinguish science-fantasy from science fiction and enjoy both if done right.

Sep 12, 2019

I had no experience with the book series so I didn't understand the plot until late in the movie. Effects were good but the characters were hard to cheer for or against.

VaughanPLDonnalee Sep 07, 2019

I thought this was....OK. It wasn't great, but it wasn't completely horrible. It had a cool visual look and some good effects. The characters and story seemed cliched and the main villain was ho-hum. The moving cities didn't seem to make a lick of sense but they were cool to look at. The whole thing feels like it's made up of familiar bits and pieces of other, better movies. If you are in the mood to just zone out and not think too hard and watch a visually appealing but dumb film, then this movie could be an OK choice.

Aug 23, 2019

It was novel to see an Asian female in a strong supporting role in an English movie. Mobile cities is illogical when the land can support life. The engineering logistics to keep a mobile city operational couldn't be sustained by a futuristic society that has lost alot of the tech knowledge. Unless you introduce magic into this world, the above makes the story less engaging for me. Plenty of great CGI. Worth watching once just to see what Peter Jackson has been working on. Perhaps more suitable for children to inspire the imagination while innocent of scientific facts.

Aug 02, 2019

Can't see why it gets such high star ratings. It's a pretty dumb movie, to be honest

Jul 22, 2019

I haven't read this series, but I did read Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve. It was decent, I like the idea of moving cities, but overall the movie was simple and predictable.

Jul 01, 2019

Post-apocalyptic fiction isn't so much about soothsaying as it is about the artist holding up a mirror that reflects the artist's particularized vision of the world in which s/he presently lives.

Present-day London is one of the most "diverse" metropolises in the world. For whatever problems it has, it is also a place many immigrants willingly risk life, limb, and fortune to move to in search of prosperity, security, and freedom.

On the other hand, so-called People's Republic of China (PRC) is a repressive and, comparatively, ethnically homogeneous country. Over 90% of the population is Han Chinese and in Beijing, the national capital, the population is more than 95% Han Chinese. In the two provinces with large non-Han populations—Tibet and Xinjiang—the PRC government has not embraced "multiculturalism" but has rather undertaken a campaign of repression and colonization to dominate and displace the non-Han population. The PRC government isn't all peace and love to Han Chinese who desire freedom, either—neither those in China (think Tiananmen Square in 1989) nor those in Hong Kong and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

What then should we make of the artistic vision of contemporary society as expressed via "Mortal Engines"? If there was any doubt, the DVD bonus features make it clear that freedom-loving, "multicultural", ethnically "diverse", anti-tractionist Shan Guo is a stand-in for China. London is a stand-in for, well, London.

However, the London in "Mortal Engines" is a rapacious entity apparently populated almost entirely by White people. I have no doubt if "diverse" Shan Guo was portrayed as an evil tractionist entity and White London was a peace-loving stationary society then some vocal segment of the chattering classes would be screeching about racism.

Some folks will, no doubt, think "Lighten up, Francis, it's just a movie." I am reminded of the words of Elmer Davis who was in charge of the US Office of War Information during WW II. Davis said, "The easiest way to inject propaganda ideas into most people’s minds is to let it go in through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they are being propagandized."

Jun 28, 2019

I really enjoyed this movie. I think it was pretty accurate to the book except the end but I like what they did with the end. Overall, I would watch it again!

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Apr 07, 2019

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May 06, 2019

Intro at the opening:

60 minutes is all it took for the Ancients to bring humanity to the brink of extinction. Those who survived mobilized their settlements to begin life anew
upon a poisoned Earth. In the hunt for food and fuel, the weak perished, and the strong grew ever more powerful. Until a new age arose, the Age of the Great Predator Cities of the West.
You're just a skivvy from the lower tiers with no family and no prospects.
Now, she may look a little tatty around the edges, but she's a little ripper. So, who'll give me 12 quirkes? Eh? Oh, come on. Last chance to secure this genuine antique.
Trust me as you once did. I can save us both.
-Save us from what? The weapon's destroyed. The wall is still standing. You've failed.
Failed? You really don't know me, do you?
How can a society so advanced, so scientific, be so stupid?
-Well, no more stupid than people today. They just had far worse weapons
and far more sophisticated control systems.


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