Philip Reeve’s book, Mortal Engines, made waves amongst the kids with its gore, blood, and rampage in 2001, so much so that it garnered a steamy G-rating only to warn them of what lies beyond the pages. The Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, was heavily impacted by the franchise’s release, which is why he took the decision to release a movie back in 2008.
However, with The Hobbit in the pipeline, Jackson was perhaps, too much distracted and busy, which is why the directorial credentials of Mortal Engines were handed over to his storyboard artist, Christian Rivers. Anyway, we believe that two minds are better than one, which is why Producer Jackson is all set to release Mortal Engines this December with actors Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, and Hugo Weaving altogether.
So while we wait to watch this Jackson masterpiece in the cinema, let us get ahold of some trivia that’s a part of the Mortal Engines’ set.
A POST-APOCALYPTIC DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY
Mortal Engines consists of a post-apocalyptic dystopian society which focuses on a principle based on Municipal Darwinism. According to this, smaller cities are on the verge of getting attacked and devoured by bigger and way stronger cities that are somehow daunting and in control.
THE ATOMIC WAR THAT CREATED A MISERABLE SOCIETY
The society that Mortal Engines speaks of is the result of the Sixty Minute War that occurred approximately 1,700 years ago. Despite the fact that it lasted for sixty minutes, it shaped the world into a society that is not only bleak but on the verge of breaking down any time soon.
Currently, London Traction City is composed of London City’s remains, and it still consists of some elements such as bronze statues and other Victorian structures that will be recognizable by the audience.
DID THE WRITER OF ‘’MORTAL ENGINE’’ WANT TO SHOW A DYSTOPIC SOCIETY
The producers and screenwriters somehow, don’t want to compare this to a dystopia. According to co-screenwriter, Phillip Boyens the world is all set to come back. The movie focuses on a society that actually came to being after the post-apocalyptic war, and dystopia is perhaps a situation that is long gone. It’s time to embrace the cities and welcome them home.
THE BRUTAL CLASS SYSTEM OF LONDON TRACTION
London Traction City is divided into three different sections, or perhaps, class systems as you’d come to acknowledge. The first section is called the Gut where smaller ingested cities are broken down by blue-collar workers – read: lower class – so that they can obtain parts from them. The second section or the Second Tier is inhabited by low-to-middle class people, and the third section or the First Tier is the place where aristocrats dwell. This Second Tier also includes historians such as Thaddeus Valentine, who can be seen in a Mortal Engines Hugo Weaving Black Trench Coat in the movie
While the Hugo Weaving Trench Coat might be one of the reasons to watch this movie, let’s shed some credit onto Hera Hilmar, who is probably appearing in her first lead role this year with Mortal Engines. While fans say that they would still prefer a more charismatic female lead. Well, we have one advice for fans – give the girl a chance, because the movie can get pretty realistic given her strong narrative from the trailer.