Mortal Engines 4KUHD Review

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The Movie: 6.5/10
I really enjoy big visions of our future Earth, future humanity, just anything far in the future as dreamed up by someone is interesting to me, therefore my view of this one might be skewed ever so slightly more to the positive side, even though I know it has flaws.

This is a future in which entire cities are on the move. They are on humongous machines, roaming the landscape. Some are just out to survive, but others are like bandits, but bulky bandits. The BIG one is a real jerk, controlled by a real jerk. They suck up other moving cities, strip them of their resources, take on their citizens as workers, and move on to their next target.

I like it. I love it. The concept is amazing. I just really really really wish the experience of the movie lived up to it. If I were the type to read a lot of fictional books I would let my imagination go wild with these cities. The movie does a good job of presenting them convincingly most of the time. I didn’t quite feel the scale of them though, unfortunately. I know they are huge, and when we zoom in and see the tiny humans on the different levels, it’s clear they are mountainous, but I never really FELT how big they were. I have no idea how they could have achieved that, but it’s one of those things that I think my mind was trying to really get into it but what my eyes were seeing felt more like models and miniatures pretending to be big.

As for the story, bad guy wants to rule the world, blah blah blah. Yea, I was not that into the overall plot. I would have much rather it be an end of world scenario, or bad guy who wants to sell the planet to some alien race or something like that, not that there are aliens. That’s just how I see our future:)

The cast is fine, some glitches here and there, but overall neutral for the most part. It feels quite theatrical at times, so the performances did seem melodramatic, or “emo” as the kids would say.

Overall I enjoyed this trip to the future, a time on Earth when the landscape has changed, steampunk is just a reality, and iPhones are dirty broken relics in a museum:)

Features: 8/10

  • End Of The Ancients (3 Minutes) –A tour around the museum from the film.
  • Character Series (22 Minutes) – Introductions to all the main characters from Mortal Engines.
  • Welcome To London (26 Minutes) – A five part featurette that cover the production design of the film.
  • In The Air (5 Minutes) – A look a the airborne city and the flying machines from the final act.
  • Film New Zealand (4 Minutes) – A promotional film for New Zealand.
  • Audio Commentary With Director Christian Rivers
  • 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy

Audio & Video: 10/10
Mortal Engines is a stunning visual treat that you don’t see very often in cinema. Brought to 4KUHD by Universal Home Entertainment using an AVC transfer that is down-scaled from 8K. Image quality here is pristine and technically perfect this is a disc you will want to show off to the friends and family.

The Dolby Atmos track used here is sheer excellence with major use of the surround channels throughout. Dialog is crystal clear and centered and LFE presence is also impeccable.

Overall Score 6.5/10