Action


Mortal Engines


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action
Runtime:
128 mins
Stars:
Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving
Director:
Christian Rivers
Producer:
Deborah Forte, Peter Jackson, Amanda Walker, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

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.


Trailer



Synopsis

The Dove Take:

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


Movie Message

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.

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