Monday 24 June 2019

Mortal Engines review: 'An awful mess'

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Produced by Peter Jackson, but crucially not directed by him, Mortal Engines is based on a fantasy novel by Philip Reeve and set a thousand years hence, when humanity has slowly recovered from a devastating tech war.

A hi-tech society with a medieval hierarchy has emerged and big cities have become mobile, trundling across Europe swallowing smaller communities.

Most rapacious of the lot is London, and Robert Sheahan plays a city librarian who realises that something’s wrong after meeting an underworld waif.

It’s an awful mess, boring and plot-light, and may be an elaborate metaphor for Brexit.

(12A, 128mins)

Also releasing this week:

Paul Whitington: 'If you're not a spider-fan, you will be now'

 

Aquaman review: 'It’s silly stuff, awash with clumsy CGI, daft beyond compare'

 

The House that Jack Built review: 'Good, bad, pretentious, reprehensible, sometimes hard to watch'

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