En­gag­ing story jumps from page to screen

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND - BRE­ANNA ZAMPAGLIONE Vil­lage Cin­e­mas Shep­par­ton week­[email protected]­p­news.com.au

When a Ålm adap­ta­tion of a book is re­leased, there is of­ten a sense of cer­tainty about the suc­cess of the Ålm. Suc­cess­ful books make for suc­cess­ful movies, and the bet­ter the Ålm coun­ter­part can reimag­ine the story in a new medium, the bet­ter the re­sult.

Mor­tal Engines is by far not the best book-to-Ålm tran­si­tion. But it does have some­thing many oth­ers that fail lack — it has a story that pulls the au­di­ence in, a world that has many lay­ers (both lit­eral and Ågu­ra­tive) and char­ac­ters that aren’t all stereo­types.

Hester Shaw is on a re­venge mis­sion to kill the man who mur­dered her mother.

When she Ånally comes face-to-face with Thad­deus Valen­tine on the great preda­tor city Lon­don, her plans are foiled by the well-mean­ing Tom, and to­gether they are thrown off the city and forced to des­per­ately crawl their way back.

But with a ma­chin­ery re­an­i­mated solider named Shrike, re­sis­tance leader Anna Fang and now Valen­tine him­self af­ter her, Hester must soon em­brace her past and her mother’s se­crets to stop Lon­don’s dom­i­na­tion of the world.

The cast of char­ac­ters are di­verse and en­gag­ing, and while many of the re­la­tion­ships be­tween them are ob­vi­ous, each ac­tor’s por­trayal is wor­thy of recog­ni­tion.

Credit must also be given to the team be­hind the Ålm, for adapt­ing a book that would have seemed to be a daunt­ing task.

But with Lord of the Rings mas­ter­mind Pe­ter Jackson pro­duc­ing this Ålm it works with ease, mak­ing the cities seem larger than life, the ac­tion in­tense and mov­ing the plot fast enough that af­ter the oblig­a­tory Årst sec­tion of in­tro­duc­tions you are happy to just sit back and be­come en­gaged.

While it doesn’t have the big block­buster pull that it should, Mor­tal Engines de­liv­ers on the vi­su­als, char­ac­ters and story.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the books, it has plenty to sat­isfy all.

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