Mortal Engines First Look

June 1, 2018

The first images from the movie Mortal Engines have been released by Universal Pictures.

Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning mastermind behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, produced and wrote the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation (in theaters December 14, 2018) of Philip Reeve’s 2001 young-adult dystopian novel. Set a few thousand years into a post-apocalyptic future, the movie introduces a world where nations no longer exist and huge metropolises on wheels gobble up smaller towns for their resources.

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The film revolves around the journey of — and growing relationship between — museum apprentice Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) and fugitive assassin Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).

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Tom is a twenty-something Londoner who’s only ever lived inside his traveling hometown, and his feet have never touched grass, mud or land. His first taste of the outside comes quite abruptly: Tom gets in the way of the masked Hester’s attempt to kill Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), a powerful sort she blames for her mother’s murder, and both Hester and Tom end up thrown out of the moving “traction” city and on their own.

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He’s also forced to deal with the mysterious Hester, a disfigured girl raised by Shrike (Stephen Lang), the last of an undead battalion of soldiers known as Stalkers, who were war casualties reanimated with machine parts.

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Visual spectacle abounds, from flying towns like Airhaven that house the resistance group the Anti-Traction League (including Hester and Tom’s pilot ally, Anna Fang, played by South Korean singer Jihae) to breakneck ground-and-pound, city-on-city action that would make Mad Max jealous.

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