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Film Review: Mortal Engines – 3 Stars

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Philip Reeve’s beloved book gets the big screen treatment in this latest addition to the young-adult film adaptation list. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities have become mobile; mounted onto wheels as vehicles that patrol the badlands (known as the great hunting ground) looking to salvage anything they can to survive, and to challenge other cities for dominance. Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), is a young woman looking for revenge against corrupt Head of the Guild of Historians Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) in London. After a failed attempt at taking his life, Hester is unwittingly thrown out into the great hunting ground and is paired up with a young apprentice historian named Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she seeks to get back onto the vessel to finish her mission. The film never seems to get out of second gear and given the talent involved both in front of the camera and behind it, I was expecting more.

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