MOR­TAL EN­GINES (M) Great starter mo­tor, but doesn’t fire on all cylin­ders, NZ-US, 128 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - WEDDING -

If first im­pres­sions were all that mat­tered, Mor­tal En­gines would have ev­ery movie of 2018 beaten. An awe­some open­ing es­tab­lishes an apoc­a­lyp­tic fu­ture where huge cities on wheels chase one an­other across dev­as­tated land­scapes, and en­gage in a stun­ning form of steam­punk war­fare. It is an in­cred­i­ble feat of swift and strik­ing cine­matic world-build­ing, al­most worth the price of ad­mis­sion in its own right. But not quite. Be­cause it is last­ing im­pres­sions that re­ally mat­ter for any movie, and Mor­tal En­gines grad­u­ally falls away in this de­part­ment af­ter its amaz­ing first act.

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