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Surlyboi
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on: December 18, 2017, 10:07:56 PM

Holy fucking shit. I had no idea they were making this into a movie.

http://www.mortalengines.com

A thousand years after the apocalypse, cities have been put on wheels and roll around the remains of Europe eating each other. It's a bizarre post apocalyptic steampunk YA masterpiece.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 10:56:33 PM

Well

That was certainly something
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Reply #2 on: December 19, 2017, 01:53:07 AM

Ok that's an interesting premise - I'm intrigued

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Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 03:20:01 AM

Count me in -  That's quite a premise to explore.

Is the book worthy of being prioritized to the front of my reading list?
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Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 03:42:58 PM

I randomly picked it up a little over 10 years ago. The blurb on the back intrigued me and then I couldn’t put it down. Is it worth prioritizing over other stuff you’ve got in your queue? Depends on the stuff. The characterization is solid for the main crew and Reeve doesn’t shy away from conflict where necessary. Still, it IS. a YA novel.

That said, the lore of the world is deep and intriguing.
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Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 03:38:08 AM

That's the kind of over the top world building I love.  I'm totally down.

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Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 11:34:39 AM

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"That ... is London."
awesome, for real

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Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 03:26:50 PM

It says something that my biggest reaction was "ew, Peter Jackson"
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Reply #8 on: December 07, 2018, 06:20:35 PM

I just noticed that this is showing up the road. I hadn't even realised it had released. Any reviews of it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuL5yXsOAIA

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Reply #9 on: December 07, 2018, 06:34:41 PM

It looks mostly like movies I've already seen? If someone sees this and thinks it's really different, I'll think about it.
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Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 04:23:51 AM

I think it was Iain that said he saw it and it was terrible in discord.  Hopefully he'll chime in here with more info.
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Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 07:49:08 AM

Yeah, it was me. I saw it at the local IMAX the other night. I'm generally down for dystopian dieselpunk and the premise looked pretty cool even if it made no sense at all. It was not a good movie. I'll try and avoid spoilers, there's not much to discuss about the plot tbh which is telegraphed in huge fucking letters from the start. After the first set of action sequences are over, you know precisely what the plot twists are going to be and how the movie will end. That's not always a bad thing, but it is in this case where the film thinks it's being clever about it.

It starts out strong. Hugo Weaving is pretty good as the Strong Leader that London Needs, Who is Clearly Going To Turn Out To Be a Villain. Most of everyone else is bad though. The hero looks like someone who got rejected from a 90s shoegaze band for not being self-aware enough, the heroine is someone who exists in this movie and that's about all you can say about her. A bunch of core characters get introduced too late for you to start caring about them, and then they leave before you even start on that process. A couple of subplots just get lost without any resolution. The action scenes are mostly just some parkour on a red/orange sound stage. They all go on way too long and then they repeat the same thing a few minutes later, except now it's the other character instead.

After the fairly good start, it just falls into a mess of lazy tropes and paper-thin stereotypes. The sort of thing you'd find in a 14 year old's homebrew D&D campaign. I spent a lot of the movie trying hard not to eye-roll whenever they introduced a new one. There's nothing that stands out as being really worth seeing it for. The wide shots are competent but not more than that, the interior stuff is just awkward and feels like it was shot on the set of a mid-80s British sci-fi serial.

Wait for it to hit Netflix, you won't miss anything by skipping it at the cinema.

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Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 03:52:56 PM

Thanks Iain. It's a shame as I enjoyed the books. Netflix it is

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Reply #13 on: December 13, 2018, 08:00:16 AM

Thanks Iain. It's a shame as I enjoyed the books. Netflix it is

I've enjoyed the books but I think it's obvious Peter Jackson and company did a fairly heavy rewrite just from the commercials.


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Reply #14 on: December 13, 2018, 12:35:40 PM

So, standard Peter Jackson hackjob then?  That's a shame, the trailer got me interested (not having read the book) but PJ involvement is always cause for suspicion.

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