Mortal Engines

Theatrical Release: December 14, 2018
Mortal Engines


The Dove Take:

Epic, entertainingly self assured, and unironic, Mortal Engines has some potentially questionable content, and seriously unintentional hilarity.

Dove Review

The Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

The Review:

In the theater, the gentleman sitting next to me said:

“I’ve never seen a movie believe in itself more.”

And, wow, does Mortal Engines believe in itself. It rolls its way along with almost absurd seriousness, and serious absurdity, fueled with enthusiastic energy, and freed from the weight of irony.

It takes guts for a film stare down an audience with so much conviction, especially when it opens with a mobile city chasing another city before there’s even the title. It shares its self-confidence before it even tells us its name. Who does it think it is? It’s Mortal Engines, and it can be pretty entertaining. Its energy is a highlight, and it can be fun to participate in that energy as an audience. Even the unintentional humor, amidst scenes supposed to be serious, can be epic; it’s not just a giggle from the audience, it’s laughter louder than some comedies. Then it moves on to more action, more action, and more action.

Though there may be some positive aspects, there’s content to be aware of: the violence could be upsetting (such a young girl getting her face slashed), and characters being sold at an auction as slaves, plus more.

Mortal Engines might not be a flawless film, but it certainly thinks otherwise. For those ready for the content and attitude, it could be a blast. For others, Mortal Engines’ flaws may not be worth the trip.

Due to the content, Mortal Engines is not Dove Approved.

Content Description

Faith: Characters wear clothes that appear to have religious meaning, though, in the setting, it is not specified what religion.
Integrity: There are times when characters fight to do what is good, even when it is dangerous, and for some, even to their demise.
Sex: A man and woman kiss and embrace. Later, we learn that they had a baby, and it is not specified whether they were married.
Language: A man and woman kiss and embrace. Later, we learn that they had a baby, and it is not specified whether or not they were married.
Violence: Epic violence, fighting, weaponry, explosions, shooting, and more. A young girl is slashed in the face, we see some blood, and her scar is visible throughout the film. Another character also has his face slashed. A character is crushed by a vehicle. Chases.
Drugs: Drinks seen at a restaurant, though not clear if they are alcoholic or not.
Nudity: Some revealing/formfitting clothing; an older woman with a low top that reveals cleavage.
Other: Evil characters; characters are sold as slaves at an auction; some dark themes; someone wants revenge; a character appears to worship and pray at an alter; a scary character; stealing.


Company: Media Rights Capital
Genre: Action
Runtime: 128 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: John P.