mortal engines trailer

The first Mortal Engines trailer should get every dystopian sci-fi fan excited.

The people behind the scenes of Mortal Engines are enough of a selling point.

Directing the epic adventure is Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). And joining him are the filmmakers behind The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. Hey there Peter Jackson, we love you.

Mortal Engines is also an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s award-winning book series of the same name.

What I’m saying is, be excited. And that’s before seeing the trailer

The Mortal Engines trailer

The first Mortal Engines trailer shows the high quality aesthetic you’d expect from a man of Christian Rivers’ calibre.

This is a dark film. Immediate comparisons that jump out are Mad Max: Fury Road and Blade Runner. And if you want to be compared to some films, those aren’t bad.

Given that so many of the creators were involved in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (Zane Weiner and Amanda Walker, both involved in The Hobbit, are producers), elements of those franchises are also visible in the trailer.

One thing’s for sure though. This will be one hell of a visual spectacle.

What is Mortal Engines about?

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Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus. Source: Universal Pictures.

The trailer reveals glimpses of an enthralling and epic plot.

Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by some near-apocalyptic event, a new way of living has been created by humankind.

Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.

In the trailer, we watch Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) stumbling into the path of dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Tom is a lower-class apprentice from the great traction city of London. Hester is a dangerous fugitive with a personal vendetta against Thaddeus (as it reveals in the trailer, he murdered her mother).

And that evil dude Thaddeus, played by Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy, Lord of the Rings), wants to destroy the world. (Which has already been destroyed, but you know, plot).

Tom and Hester are opposites. Yet while their paths should never have crossed, they end up forging an unlikely alliance – one destined to change the course of the future.

Are you looking forward to Mortal Engines? Let us know in the comments. And if you want more like this, check out the five reasons why Lord of the Rings is (and always will be) so good.

Writer, musician, professional movie-ist. Josh likes his films the way he likes his food: preferably quite good.