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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

December 14th, 2018
 

x"Mortal Engines "

Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film thatg is under-ditected and over-produced. The kudos go to the actors, SFX people and art director. The novel, publishe din 2001, is steeped in elements and themes form everythingf rm Star Wars to Marvel adventures. It only stands up for itself when it dwellson it's unique post-apocalyptic universe, butall too little. The two hours slog by like a rolelr coaster with square wheels. We seldom get the chance to feel anything for the chraacters which, I imagine, were more vivid inthe book.

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London -- now a giant, predator city on wheels -- from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.


The Players: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang.

Directed by Christian Rivers
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson fromthe novel by Phillip Reeve
Released by Univesal Pictures


x"BumbleBee"

The sixth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a prequel to 2007's Transformers, BumbleBee is the first live-action Transformers that Michael Bay did not direct, but he stayed on board as producer

Twenty years before the events of the first film - on the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The two of them soon find themselves hunted by a government agency known as Sector 7, led by Agent Burns. As they run from society, the two learn that Bee is not the only Transformer on Earth, and that the others might not be as friendly.[


The Players:Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Dylan O'Brien Angela Basset, John Cena

Directed by Travis Knight
Screenplay by Christina Hodson

 

 

 
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