As one of the biggest box office bombs in movie history, which is such an absolute disaster and a colossal failure that no one even talks about the voluminous amount of money it threw into toilets, you would be hard pressed to find positives. in Deadly Engines.
On paper, a fantasy steampunk-infused YA adaptation with franchise potential that had Peter Jackson’s name slapped all over the marketing certainly had the potential to find an audience, but it didn’t help that the first director of feature films Christian Rivers has proven to be miserably out of depth on almost every level, and that’s even with a script written by The Lord of the Rings dream team consisting of Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens.
It’s only been four years since Deadly Engines descended a blaze of ignominy, but it feels like there is life. And yet, optimistic moviegoers on Reddit have tried to salvage whatever positives they could, even if a consensus is nowhere near.
At an estimated cost of $150 million, plus additional marketing and distribution costs, an $83 million box office return saw Deadly Engines secure its place in the halls of cinematic infamy, with salt packets rubbed into its open wounds by a critical and largely apathetic reception from audiences.
It was a solid concept that mixed post-apocalyptic adventure with marauding mechanized cities, but it wouldn’t be too harsh to suggest that the execution could hardly have been much worse, but at least the Redditors are doing their best to highlight the very little good to come Deadly Engines.