MORTAL ENGINES – Review by Sarah Ward

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With Mortal Engines, producer/co-writer Peter Jackson steps into a steampunk vision of London, where the mobile city roves around a desolated Europe on giant wheels. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker hands directorial duties over to experienced crewmember and Oscar-winning King Kong visual effects artist Christian Rivers, who has clearly learned his mentor’s world-building methods. Adapting the first title in Philip Reeve’s four-novel series, this Wingnut-produced post-apocalyptic adventure is rendered with intricate, eye-catching detail. Yet although the craft is coupled with a scenario featuring ample initial intrigue, the New Zealand-shot film remains frustratingly generic. Continue reading…

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Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is a freelance film critic and writer. She is the Australian-based critic for Screen International, and writes for ArtsHub, Concrete Playground, Goethe-Institut Australien, SBS, SBS Movies and Flicks Australia. She has also contributed to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Junkee, FilmInk, Birth.Movies.Death, Lumina, Senses of Cinema, Metro Magazine, Screen Education and the World Film Locations book series.