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Can Peter Jackson break the steampunk curse?

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This month Peter Jackson, best known for bringing Middle Earth to Hollywood, presents another epic film with epic aspirations.

These are the trademark elements of steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction that has never quite found its footing in live-action American cinema. In its narrowest definition, steampunk takes place in an alternative Victorian-era society in which fantastical machinery abounds.

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