A vi­sion­ary spec­ta­cle

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - RASHID IRANI

pace and yet never com­pro­mises on depth or char­ac­ter arcs.

As it drags you along, you feel the de­spair of the young fugi­tives (Hera Hil­mar-robert Shee­han) fight­ing for sur­vival in these post-apoc­a­lyp­tic wilds.

The pair must also con­tend with a mega­lo­ma­ni­a­cal ar­chae­ol­o­gist (Hugo Weav­ing), a run­away cy­borg (Stephen Lang) and a re­sis­tance leader (South Korean singer Ji­hae Kim) de­ter­mined to win free­dom for her down­trod­den tribe.

The pro­duc­tion de­sign is a de­light, with its metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail. Par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive is the di­ri­gi­ble used by the rebels in the pro­tracted con­flict with their ad­ver­saries. The air­ship also serves as the set­ting for sev­eral poignant in­ter­ludes rem­i­nis­cent of the ro­mance be­tween the ill-fated lovers of Ti­tanic.

The ac­tion se­quences are vis­ceral. And for once even the flash­backs and slow-mo­tion shots are ex­e­cuted flaw­lessly and to un­set­tling ef­fect. Also noteworthy is the deft in­ter­cut­ting (cour­tesy film ed­i­tor Rob Gor­don) be­tween three par­al­lel planes of ac­tion dur­ing the cli­mac­tic con­fla­gra­tion.

At a time when mul­ti­plexes are by and large clogged with medi­ocre crowd-pleasers, it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see a fan­tasy ad­ven­ture set such new stan­dards in cre­ativ­ity and ex­cite­ment. Mor­tal En­gines is not to be missed.

HT

The ac­tion se­quences are vis­ceral.

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