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Mortal Engines - Empire Cinema review

17 DECEMBER 2018 - SARAH - STUDENT LIFE

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I’ve really been looking forward to reviewing another film for Empire cinemas, after watching Tully back in May. For those of you who don’t know where Empire Cinema is, it’s located in the Buttermarket shopping centre, just a 10 minute walk from the University.

They show all the latest releases at a special £5 rate for students, so it’s perfect for an evening out with friends after a long day at uni.

I was given two tickets to watch Mortal Engines, so a friend and I spent an evening away from assignments to have a night off. When I first watched the trailer, I thought it looked a little bit strange, but I really enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised! Based on the best-selling books by Philip Reeve, and directed by Christian Rivers, Mortal Engines is about the Earth many years after civilisation was destroyed by nuclear weapons. Towns and cities are now predators on wheels, home to the few humans left on Earth. London is a huge predator city, looking to fuel itself on smaller towns, as we quickly learn at the beginning of the film.

London is controlled by Valentine, a power hungry villain who wants to grow London and destroy other cities using nuclear weapons he’s rediscovered. Hester Shaw looks to stop Valentine, driven by the memory of her mother, and with the help of Tom and Anna, try to stop Valentine’s use of nuclear weapons. The film was really well made, with lots of action, and various plot twists. The constant, “will they make it?” will leave you on edge throughout the entire film.

Once again, I have to say thank you, Empire, for another great night watching such a well-made film. I’ll definitely have to see it again, and I’m looking forward to my next Empire experience soon.

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