If you are planning to stay indoors this evening then the movie in the Sunday Night M-Net slot – Mortal Engines – is just for you. Don’t forget the popcorn.
Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers; produced by Zane Walker and starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan and Hugo Weaving.
Sunday Movie: Mortal Engines – What you need to know
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.
A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw, emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path.
Katherine Valentine: How can a society so advanced, so scientific, be so stupid? Tom Natsworthy: Well, no more stupid than people today. They just had far worse weapons, and far more sophisticated control systems.
Critics are divided over this one. Katie Walsh from Tribune News Service said it’s visually busy and hefty, but emotionally and thematically it’s “as light as air.” David Fear from Rolling Stone wrote:
They want to give you a steampunk-on-steroids Metropocalypse Now! And they’re willing to use the spare parts of dozens of other movies to make it happen.
In addition, James Beradinelli described it as “one of the most impressive examples of ‘world-building’ in recent years, surpassing such contenders as ‘Valerian’, ‘Cloud Atlas’ and even the recent ‘Star Wars’ episodes.”
There are fleeting pleasures to be had here in Brexit-era parallels…but too soon the movie returns to deadening clichés (a doomsday weapon! A plucky band of rebels!), blank-faced performances and truly horrible line-readings.