Mortal Engines parents guide: Is this sci-fi movie's action appropriate for kids?

Decide whether you should watch Mortal Engines with your kids with our helpful parent guide below!
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Mortal Engines" - Red Carpet
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Mortal Engines" - Red Carpet / Morgan Lieberman/GettyImages

The 2018 Christian Rivers-directed film, Mortal Engines was added once again to Netflix U.S.'s treasure trove of films on April 1, 2024! Mortal Engines is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film set in a world where cities have been turned into giant mobile machines that roam the earth, devouring smaller cities for resources.

The film follows the story of Hester Shaw (portrayed by Hera Hilmar), a young woman seeking revenge against Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), the head of London's operations, for killing her mother. The official synopsis, as per IMDb, reads:

"In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy."


For those who have been eyeing up the new addition, and wondering whether they should watch it during family movie night, our parent guide below will help you determine whether the film is appropriate to watch with your little ones, or better saved for once the kids are in bed.

So, without further ado, let's dive in and find out if the sci-fi movie's action is appropriate for kids, below!

Is Mortal Engine appropriate for kids? (Parent guide)

Right from the start, Mortal Engines delivers intense and action-packed scenes that may not be suitable for younger children. However, older teenagers could find it engaging with appropriate parental guidance.

Generally, the movie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sequences of futuristic violence and action". It features multiple action sequences with violence, including characters being stabbed, shot, and injured, though the gore is not overly graphic. Even though the depiction of gore is limited, there are some unsettling moments, including a father's attempt to harm his daughter, which may be distressing for younger audiences. The formidable machines and post-apocalyptic backdrop add to the film's intensity, potentially unsettling some children.

Nevertheless, Mortal Engines also imparts positive themes of courage, loyalty, and justice!

So, overall we would say that Mortal Engines is appropriate for mature 13-year-olds and up, but may be slightly too intense for younger children. As always, parental discretion is advised, as caregivers are best positioned to assess their children's readiness for such content.

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