What if major cities were on wheels, conquering small towns and smaller cities for their resources? That’s what the Mortal Engines trailer teases us with. An adaption of the first book in a series by Philip Reeve, we get a small taste as to what we’re in for in this massive new film saga by director Peter Jackson.

Set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world, Mortal Engines sees the world ravaging for resources. In order to survive, they’ve built cities to be mobile, “eating” other cities in order to take their resources. In this story, London continues it’s legacy by dominating even the smallest of places just to seemingly keep the wealthy in power. A mysterious woman with a red face mask may be the key to all of this – but how?

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In this small teaser alone, we can see that it is a visual splendor. The adaptation was announced back in 2009 so we know this is a film that will show off it’s visual prowess. We can only hope it will hold up the story as well. However with Jackson’s frequent collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens on hand, we may have a good adaptation after all. And, I know it’s silly, but I personally can’t help but think of Howl’s Moving Castle when seeing these behemoth vehicles. You have to see it for yourself and tell us what you think!

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines rolls into theaters December 14, 2018.

Erin Lynch