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Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic film directed by Christian Rivers with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan. , Hugo Weaving, JiHae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang. An American-New Zealand collaboration film, set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities are wheeled and mechanized, and practice city Darwinism; its cinematic universe was different from those of the books'. [4]

Jackson bought the rights to the book in 2009, but was officially announced in 2016. Jackson chose Rivers, who won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work in King Kong. , to debut the director with the project and at the same time bring some members of his production team from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series. Filming took place from April to July 2017 in New Zealand.

Mortal Engines made its world premiere on November 27, 2018 in London, was released in Australia and New Zealand on December 6, 2018, and in the United States on December 14, 2018. [5] The film received few negative reviews from critics, some of which praised the visual effects and scores, but mostly criticized the script and "lacked character". [6] It was the biggest box office bomb of 2018 (one of the 10 biggest bombs of all time, as of August 2019), grossing more than $ 83 million worldwide compared with the least production budget. 100 million dollars, and nearly 175 million dollars in loss.


After a battle known as the Sixty Minute War, the remnants of mankind regroup and form mobile cities, known as the "Mobile City". Under the philosophy known as "Municipal Darwinism", large "prey" cities hunt and absorb smaller cities in the "Great Hunt", including the UK and the entire continent. Europe. In contrast, the settlements of the "Anti-Mobility Coalition" developed an alternative civilization comprising of "static cities" (normal, non-mobile cities) in Asia led by Shan Guo (previously this is China) leader, protected by the "Shield Wall". Remnants of 21st century technology such as toasters, computers and smartphones are referred to by historians as "Old Technology".

The city of London captured a small town called Salzhaken, gathering its population and resources, at the behest of Mayor Magnus Crome. Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice historian, went to "Gut" to collect Salzhaken's "Old Technology" for the London Museum. Hester Shaw, a masked twenty-year-old woman in Salzhakens, tries to assassinate Thaddeus Valentine, head of the Association of Historians, but Tom intervenes, pursuing Hester. Hester escapes, but not before telling him that Valentine killed her mother and left a scar on her face. When Tom asked Valentine about this, he pushed Tom down the trough.

Tom and Hester are forced to cooperate to traverse the Hunting Zone. The Southerners and Scavs on a night hunt, sought refuge in the Scuttlebug, but were captured again for sale as slaves. Hester tells Tom that Valentine killed her mother, an archaeologist named Pandora, after stealing a piece of Old Technology she found while on the dead continent of America, while Hester escaped with a necklace that her mother gave her. Valentine frees Shrike, a cyborg also known as "Stalker", from the walking prison off Sharkmoor, to find and kill Hester. At Rustwater in the Outlands slave market, Tom and Hester are rescued by the Anti-Mobile Alliance agent Anna Fang. In the chaos, they are chased by Shrike, whom Hester says she knows. Hester explains that Shrike found and raised her, and Hester promises to let him turn her into the Stalker like her, but leaves after discovering that London has entered the Great Hunt, giving her a chance to kill. Valentine. In London, Valentine 's other daughter, Kinda, became increasingly distant from her father, especially after Engineer-apprentice Bevis Pod told her that Valentine pushed Tom down the trough, and they learned the potential project. The amount of Valentine in St Paul's Church is being redirected more.

Hester and Tom sailed on Anna's plane, the Jenny Haniver, to the airhaven city of Airhaven, meeting members of the Anti-Traction League. After asking Hester, Tom realized that Pandora had researched and developed MEDUSA, a quantum-based superweapon used by militants during the Sixty Minute War to destroy cities to destroy. broken the Earth's crust into thousands of pieces and rearranged into continents as before. The Society of Engineers stole the remaining ingredients from Tom's workshop and fabricated MEDUSA at Valentine's request. Shrike caught up with them, resulting in a fierce fighting that severely injured him and destroyed Airhaven. Realizing that Hester is in love with Tom, Shrike frees her from his promise to turn her into a robot before dying. When Hester, Tom, and Anna travel to the Shield Wall along with the survivors, Valentine kills Crome in a coup and Londoners by vowing to destroy the Wall with MEDUSA and lead them to the Region New hunting ground in Asia. Anna convinces Governor Kwan to launch an anti-Tractionist airship fleet against London, but MEDUSA destroys the fleet and blows a hole through the Shield Wall. After seeing Medusa's statue, Hester discovers that her mother's necklace hides a "death switch", a drive that can disable MEDUSA. Hester, Tom, Anna and the rest of the Traction fighters lead a raid against London, destroying its anti-aircraft artillery.

Hester and Anna infiltrate St. Paul, and although Valentine seriously injured Anna in the fencing, Hester destroys MEDUSA with the drive. In a final effort to destroy the Shield Wall, Valentine ordered his henchmen to kill the entire control room of the entire city, aiming to direct London to crash into the Shield Wall. With Kinda's help, Tom uses Jenny Haniver to destroy London's motives. Hester battles Valentine in his hot air balloon, where he reveals that he is her father. Tom rescues Hester and shoots down Valentine's ship, killing Valentine under the track. The surviving Londoners, led by Kinda, make peace with the Anti-Tractionists, while Tom and Hester ride on the Haniver for a show.


Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw.

Poppy MacLeod as Young Hester Shaw.

Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy.

Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine.

JiHae as Anna Fang.

Ronan Raftery as Bevis Pod.

Leila George as Kinda Valentine.

Patrick Malahide as Magnus Crome.

Stephen Lang as Shrike.

Colin Salmon as Chudleigh Pomeroy.