How Mortal Engines Is Basically Star War in a Post Apocalyptic Earth Setting

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The Mortal Engines film is sadly about to become the new John Carter of Mars, which is a real shame as it's such a fun movie, full of things moviegoers have never seen before. It'll probably end up some kind of cult film.

 One thing they will have seen is some of the moves Peter Jackson and friends borrowed from the Star Wars playbook!

Check them out! Beware, spoilers below:

  • When young Historian Tom Natsworthy becomes an ‘aviator' and flys into the heart of the engines of London and fires a blast at a key part of the engine, well he would make Lando Calrissian proud because he and Wedge Antilles pulled that move destroying the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi. It also quite clearly echoes what Luke did in ANH.
  • Valentine's big reveal to Hester that he was her father took place during a duel where the stakes were life and death is obviously straight from the playbook of The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader reveals he is Luke's dad.
  • The whole, racing against time to destroy London before it fires the Medusa Weapon on Batmunkh Gompa's shield wall is basically the plot of the last third of Star Wars: A New Hope. i.e. Destroy the Death Star before it destroys the Rebel base. Star Wars did first borrow the concept from the Gregory Peck film, The Guns of Navarone ir?source=bk&t=postgamelobby 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d6700fa425b59e41ef08ae7e81f2f333& cb=1545011898862for this idea.
  • The author of the novel, Philip Reeve also freely acknowledges he based Anna Fang on Han Solo.
  • The opening chase where London runs down a smaller, fleeing traction city, is a retread copy of the opening of Star Wars when Darth Vader's Star Destroy is chasing Princess Leia's Correllian Corvette, the Tantive IV.
  • Shrike's ‘half man half machine' character echoes Darth Vader, particularly his quest to find his ‘child' and kill her, only for her love to save his soul. 
If you think it's an outrageous thing that Mortal Engines borrowed so many material ideas from Star Wars, just take a chill pill and count the number of movie ideas George Lucas borrowed himself!

Not to mention the Dune novel inspiration

Paul Rose Jr has worked as TV News Producer, Forensic Analyst, and Train Conductor, among many other things. He’s the former TV Editor for and owns more books, DVDs, and comics than most people have seen in their lifetimes. When he’s not writing articles, he exercises his creative muscle writing screenplays and acting in film and television in Los Angeles, CA.