Mortal Engines Movie Review

Mortal Engines Movie Review English Movie Review
Review for the film " Mortal Engines"
Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 07-12-2018
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
2.75 / 5.0


Hugo Weaving
Joel Tobeck
Stephen Lang
Fran Walsh
Robert Sheehan


  • Producer:
  • Zane Weiner
  • Amanda Walker
  • Deborah Forte
  • Fran Walsh
  • Peter Jackson
  • Writer:
  • Peter Jackson
  • Director:
  • Christian Rivers
  • Art Director:
  • Matt Austin
  • Simon Bright
  • Co-Producer:
  • Philippa Boyens
  • Director of Photography:
  • Simon Raby
  • Executive Producer:
  • Ken Kamins
  • Associate Producer:
  • Pamela Silverstein
  • Casting Director:
  • Liz Mullane
  • Amy Hubbard
  • Novelist:
  • Philip Reeve
  • Distributor:
  • Universal Pictures International
  • United International Pictures
  • Screenplay Writer:
  • Philippa Boyens
  • Peter Jackson
  • Fran Walsh
  • Production Designer:
  • Dan Hennah
  • Set Decorator:
  • Brendan Heffernan
  • Shane Vieau
  • Special Effects Coordinator:
  • Karl Chisholm
  • Special Effects Technician:
  • Doug Falconer
  • Brian Duff
  • Stunt Performer:
  • Yoshinao Aonuma
  • Boom Operator:
  • Steve Harris
  • Stunt Coordinator Assistant:
  • Ric Anderson
  • Location Sound Recordist:
  • Chris Hiles
  • Supporting Actors:
  • Menik Gooneratne
  • Patrick Malahide
  • Rege-Jean Page
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Ronan Raftery
  • Stephen Lang
  • Stephen Ure
  • Mark Mitchinson
  • Madeleine Adams
  • Leila George D\'Onofrio
  • Joel Tobeck
  • Hera Hilmar
  • Colin Salmon
  • Caren Pistorius
  • Andrew Lees
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Frankie Adams
  • Terry Norris

Mortal Engines is an adventure thriller flick, which is based on the novel penned by Philip Reeve. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boynes and Peter Jackson. The film is an American – New Zealand joint venture. Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital and WingNut Films produced the film. The film has the star cast of Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Hera Hilmar, Ronan Raftery, Robert Sheehan, Patrick Malahide, Leila George and Stephen Lang. Junkie XL composed the music, Simon Raby cranked the camera and editing is by Jonno Woodford-Robinson.


Although being a Londoner, Tom had never stepped outside his place. His debut outing was with a teen Hester, whose mom was supposed to have murdered by Thaddeus Valentine. Hester wants to take revenge on Thaddeus and decides to finish him off. Did Thaddeus kill Hester’s mom? What happened to Tom and Hester, when they attempt to get Thaddeus? Watch the film in theaters.

Star Performance

Although the stars played their part well, we could say that their characters should have been designed better. Jihae has nothing big to perform. Hera doesn’t have a strong reason behind her actions. Hugo doesn’t give a scary look, as the film boasts.


The concept is good, but only for the first fifteen-twenty minutes, the film creates a good impression and makes the audiences wait for some interesting sequences. As the characterization is not in-depth, the performance of the stars didn’t sync well with their characters. However, they did as they are directed. The production and the technical values are high in the film.

What’s There?

  • The plot is interesting
  • The stars had played their role neatly

What’s Not There?

  • The characterization should have been better
  • The director should have put extra efforts to make his job better


With the weak screenplay, the director has tried to give a decent output. Although Mortal Engines is not a super-duper movie, it is worth watching at least once!