Alright guys and gals we have a great film that I’m happy to be able to review for all of you today! It’s literally a film that many have been anticipating ever since they saw the first teaser trailer one year ago! I promise to all my readers this is a spoiler free review for all of you to read and then go out and judge the film for yourself!
For those that don’t know the synopsis of the film, the human race in a post apocalyptic world must live on these cities, even countries all that run on wheels, flight, or sea.
I will admit to this, when I first saw the film’s teaser trailer, I was all like “this film is definitely gonna be good” since then I tracked down the book and read the first of three books, only because the film is based off the first book. What many films do is that they just take the synopsis and maybe once in a while the back story and what direction the book is mainly suppose to go and make a one to two hour film out of it. But that’s not what director Christian Rivers does, what he does is he takes the whole book which was a good 320 page read and leaves out just a few things that happened in the book to make a fantastic two hour film.
The film follows the story of Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) whose seeking revenge on a man named Valentine (Hugo Weaving) for what he did to her mother many years ago; sounds pretty simple right? It wouldn’t be an awesome read or movie if it was that simple. It takes you on a whole adventure that Hester has to do in order to get to Valentine, but the question is will she be able to successfully kill Valentine when she gets caught up to him? You have to watch the film to find out!
With this film being a post apocalyptic world, it’s interesting, you see the world pretty much how it is many years in the future. Just the whole concept is interesting, it gives off that steampunk kind of vibe mixed with apocalyptic. I really like how they were able to bring a lot of the things from the book into the film, I can’t say exactly what because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys but I will say it’s very interesting.
Now Hera Hilmar does an amazing job as Hester Shaw; she pulled off the look of the character so well. For those of you who haven’t read the book, there’s one thing that you wouldn’t know when it comes to Hester Shaw is the scar on her face, the film captures that scar perfectly! I know there were many complaints before the film came out that the scar wasn’t going to be captured completely well, because of how the book described the scar as to disfiguring her face to the point it’s hard to look at her. But that’s not true, for all who complained I dare you all to watch this film and tell me they didn’t do a good job; for those of you who didn’t judge or complain, I congratulate you. You really can’t judge upon how they do Hester Shaw in this film because it’s a version of the character from the writers and directors imaginative minds of this film. I didn’t say much about Hera’s performance but I will say this, she does somethings in this film that a lot of people would be like “I would never do what she did just now” but the performance she did was phenomenal; I absolutely loved her version of Hester Shaw and I hope they continue the film series so we can see her on the big screen as Hester a whole lot more!
Another character I really liked in this film was Anna Fang, whose played by Jihae in this film. Jihae did a phenomenal job as Anna, she captured that flawless grace that I imagined that she had given how they wrote her in the book. Like I said Jihae did a phenomenal job, she did great acting, great performance skills and great stunts that I’m thinking she did herself but not sure at the same time. For those who haven’t read the book Anna Fang is the resistance fighter/leader of one of the many flight groups, kinda best way to describe it. But the character is a complete bad ass and the fight style she has is amazing! There’s really nothing bad that I can say about the character because she was completely awesome! And was one of my favorite characters in the book.
The film itself is an amazing ride from start to finish; there’s never a dull moment in this film, there will always be an intense ride somewhere within this film. It’s a film that I think all ages will absolutely love. Even though the film is up against some other films that were released this week, I think Mortal Engines will be successful. I highly recommend this film to anyone, it’s amazing and you all have to see it to believe it!
Mortal Engines is now out in theaters!