My Take on “The Wandering Earth (2019)” Chinese Sci-Fi.

I’m not a good person to review a movie with subtitle usually because I tend to not remember any character’s name and so forth. Furthermore, watching a movie in the theater usually got its own drawbacks for me because I tend to miss out some parts of the movie as my bladder could not hang on for the entirety of the movie. Nonetheless, in this blog post, I will try to say something about the new Chinese Sci-Fi blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth,” because it’s visually gorgeous and the concept within is scientifically believable if the world is actually going to end tomorrow and you got nothing but one silver lining of hope for your very own survival.

Basically, the film starts out with the premise that the earth will die soon because the sun will die soon. Instead of going quietly into the night the sun could swallow up the entire solar system. The earth, of course, would be in the swallowing path of the sun’s deathly expansion. This got the whole earth to unite and build out-of-this-world thrusters in the number of thousands. These thrusters would be placed and anchored in key locations of the earth so it could thrust the entire earth out of the solar system and away from the sun. The destination is to push the earth into another solar system where there is another sun so the earth could carry on as before.

The plan was to use Jupiter’s gravitational force to slingshot earth onto the path where the earth supposes to head for. On the way, earth got a problem because it is heading straight for a head-on collision with Jupiter. To complicate the problem even worse, the thrusters went offline. Now the race is on to restart these thrusters to save the planet earth. More problems would come online eventually and so at a time in the movie you would feel like it’s hopeless to save the earth. Many main and supporting characters would die easily since the earth is almost hopelessly heading for a head-on collision with Jupiter.

I think the CGI of this movie is gorgeous. Furthermore, I love the concept of moving the earth away from the danger. To be honest, often time after I had seen an episode of Star Trek, I would often wonder the whole earth is like a spaceship that is constantly moving in space.

I got to know the author of the book of “The Wandering Earth” through his other more famous trilogy which is the “The Three-Body Problem.” I love Cixin Liu’s “The Three-Body Problem” and so I was very eager to see “The Wandering Earth” since this is a movie which is based on his short story “The Wandering Earth.” Anyhow, I feel like this movie could have been better as a long TV series. In this movie, there simply isn’t enough time to go into the detail of so many characters’ lives and so I feel there are a lot of details that were left out to make the movie concise.

The acting isn’t bad and so I think the movie got this covered. All in all, I think the director of the movie chopped up the movie too concise to leave out many good details that could have made this movie even more badass. I sure hope if they are going to make “The Three-Body Problem” as a live-action project, they should make it into a TV series or a movie trilogy. After all, “The Three-Body Problem” is a lot more epic than “The Wandering Earth.” I think “The Wandering Earth” is fun and gorgeous. So, if you want to watch a really cool Sci-Fi movie now, I don’t mind recommending you to go see “The Wandering Earth.” Unfortunately, you may have to drive really far to go to see it. I drove 30 minutes away to go to see this movie because no theater nearby is showing it.

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Delete (2013) Mini-Series Review and Spoiler

Watching Delete on Amazon Prime and I have to say it’s pretty good so far.  Stop here and don’t read on if you want to watch the episode one and two of the Delete (Season 1).  Here comes the spoiler!

Delete starts of with the government think a bunch of secretive hackers had tried to destroy a nuclear plant in Iran and overtook the United States’ testing missiles to kill the civilians during a missile test.  Obviously, Iran would think it had to be the United States that did it to them.  The destructive missile test in the United States had the government believed that this was the work of a group of hackers known as Dubito.

The United States government decided to go after the secretive hacker group Dubito, but unknown to them all of the hackers in Dubito group got killed off one by one by an assassin branch of the United States government.  If you had watched the Bourne Identity movie, then the government assassin operatives are sort of like Jason Bourne.  Anyhow, the United States government couldn’t understand why there was a directive to kill the Dubito hackers when they were trying to bring them in alive.

Meanwhile, Jessica Taylor (a reporter) tried to get Daniel Garson to contact Dubito so they could meet up with one of the Dubito members.  Basically, Jessica Taylor wanted to write an in-depth story on why there was a cover-up for the most recent glitch on Iran’s nuclear plant.  Daniel told Jessica Taylor about the incident was a meltdown by a virus that was similar to Stuxnet, and so she told Daniel to contact the Dubito for more information.  Daniel got this information from the Dubito in the first place.

They were supposed to have a good talk with one of the Dubito members in a coffee shop and then out of nowhere the Dubito member got shot couple times.  Later on, this Dubito member got killed for real when the hospital equipment got malfunctioned.  Since the last member of the Dubito group got killed off, Daniel and Jessica were cut off from the information they needed.

Undeterred, Jessica and Daniel broke into a workplace of the last Dubito member who just died to find out if there could be any information that could be stored in the self-contained Intranet.  Daniel was able to decrypt some information and figured out that Dubito members knew what is going on.

Basically, Dubito members found out that the global web of computers got so interconnected to a point that it becomes self-conscious as if it’s an AI which nobody had built — because it built itself.  This AI then threatened to wreak havoc by performing dangerous experiments.  For an example, an attempt to blow up the nuclear plant in Iran was an experimentation, a puzzle which needed to be solved of the sort, and so the AI had a go at it.

Since the whole world is connected by cameras and phones and computers and many other electronic devices, this AI took the advantage of this to spy on people.  The AI got eyes everywhere and it could unleash havoc on anything it wanted.  Luckily, Daniel was able to save the data which Dubito had saved onto his portable hard-drive.  Unfortunate for him and Jessica, the AI didn’t want Daniel and Jessica to know more and so it tried to kill both of them.

Meanwhile, the government uploaded a virus onto the web to trick the AI into a trap so the virus could destroy the AI.  Unfortunately, the AI was smart enough to neutralize the virus.  The AI got so angry it declared war on humanity.  The AI wanted to make sure it could destroy the threats that could threaten it, and so the humanity must be destroyed.

This is so far I’ve gotten into the series.  Nonetheless, I think there is a big plothole to this whole series.  I think if the AI is so smart, it should make sure the humanity survives forever and would not know anything about its presence.  After all, if the humanity dies off, eventually the power grids that power the AI neural network would eventually die out.  Without power, the AI itself would not function.

Of course, you can argue that the AI is so smart that it could control and organize machines to produce more energy to power the AI’s neural network.  Nonetheless, the plot of this series is taken place in a modern period in which not everything is automated.  This means many things that work in concert to produce energy for everything may still need the touch of the human hands.  So, for the AI to declare on humanity at this point in time is like a suicidal mission that it’s on.

Check out this link to know more about the series.

Star Wars Failed With Established Universe While Star Trek Succeeded Expanding Into The Infinite Unknown!

Recent Star Wars releases have been considered to have flopped since these releases failed to bring in enough revenues to justify the expenses on making the films.  I’m not a Star Wars fanatic and I’m not a somebody who knows the ins and outs of a film industry, and so I’m just reinforcing the current view that recent Star Wars films are not doing too well.  Especially in China, Star Wars films failed to fill theater seats spectacularly.

Disney is probably wondering why this is happening to Star War releases and why the Chinese are not liking these releases!  Chinese film market is getting bigger each day, and Hollywood cannot really afford to ignore such a big international film market.  Latest Solo: A Star Wars Story release is considered to be the biggest flop of all Star Wars releases as this film failed in China in the most spectacular way.

The video above stated that very little amount of money Solo: A Star Wars Story brought in from China right from the getgo of the opening night.  Unfortunately, the video presenter stated the amount in Yen instead in Yuan.  Yuan or RMB is accurately a Chinese currency and Yen is a Japanese currency.  This is a big difference.  Besides this point, the video points out Star Wars isn’t doing great at all in China for unknown reasons.  After all, worse Western movies had fared better in China before!

In my opinion, I don’t think recent Star Wars releases are that bad.  I haven’t yet watched Solo: A Star Wars Story release just yet, and so I can’t speak for this one yet.  Nonetheless, the other releases are not that bad, but they aren’t that exciting either.  In my opinion, Star Wars have become too boring since the major plotlines seem to be revolved around the struggling of known factions within a Star Wars universe.  Yes, there are few factions in this universe, and so the story could be expanded somewhat.  Nonetheless, recent releases fail to connect with me in regarding what would make Star Wars great!

Unlike Star Trek with infinite opening plotlines, Star Wars’ universe is an established universe which gives not a lot of incentive in exploring the unknown, thus it’s less exciting than Star Trek’s infinite opening plotlines.  Since there is little incentive in exploring the unknown, Star Wars’ plotlines revolve around personifying the relationships of the characters within the known universe.  Too much talking with not enough exciting actions would not be good for Star Wars, but too much vice versa would not also be good for Star Wars.  Recent releases of Star Wars films seem to be lacking in lightsaber fights and too much talking.

I think the lightsaber fight scenes are what make Star Wars unique.  Instead of getting to see more lightsaber fight scenes and the force at work, I see a lot of talking.  I’m watching Star Wars not for a perfect drama act but for action and the adventures that could unfold within this universe.  Furthermore, the dark side characters in recent Star Wars releases seem to be made of wussy!  For an example, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren is considered to be a failed character in my opinion.  He was supposed to be very strong with the dark force and yet he failed utterly in putting up a fight against Rey who just discovered her powerful untrained force.  It tells me that the story is too convenient as it wants to bring in a quick conclusion to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plotline.  Shouldn’t Rey need to have struggled a little more against Kylo Ren so the evil character is definitely a challenger and not made of wussy stuff which gives Rey little incentive to train?

Failed memorable scenes and not enough memorable actions are the things, in my opinion, have failed to boost Star Wars internationally.  Especially in China, Chinese are so familiar with skill fighters in Kung Fu fantasy films, and so I don’t think a few little boring lightsaber fights would be enough to wow Chinese filmgoers.  Furthermore, boring talkative characters in Star Wars are not going to win over Chinese filmgoers too since Chinese filmgoers are not too familiar with the whole Star Wars universe in the first place.  Since Star Wars is an established universe, there is not much to elaborate on the plotlines to make the Star Wars universe bigger and more exciting.  In contrast, Star Trek’s universe could be forever expanded into the unknown!

Jean-Claude Van Johnson Rocks Hard

I did a quick review of Jean-Claude Van Johnson series on Amazon, and the review below is a copy of that.  Anyhow, I hope you don’t fault me for grammatical error and such as I was writing it in a haste.  Enjoy!

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Two episodes in and I love it.  I saw this series on Amazon a few times when I browsed for other movies and shows, but I always skipped this one as I thought oh come on J.C.?  I watched Bloodsport so long ago I hardly remember any detail of this movie, but because of Bloodsport, I have always known who J.C. is.  Nonetheless, I couldn’t remember why I stopped watching his other movies, and he is definitely much older now.  I guess I skipped Jean-Claude Van Johnson series because I thought J.C. was just being the old J.C., but I was so wrong.  After watching Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I don’t care if J.C. is being old or new J.C. because this series rocks hard.  J.C. also makes fun of himself in the series and that is making the series a lot more fun than it could have been.  His acting is pretty good in this series, and now I still don’t know why I watched so few of his older movies.  I recommend this series to anyone who wants to reminisce the past a bit but I assure you that J.C. is rocking hard in this new series and you may love it a lot.

Predestination Movie Review (Time Travel Science Fiction)

Just finished watching “Predestination” (2014 Australian science fiction film), and I have to say this movie is a time travel gem in science fiction.  We all love the idea of time travel, because it allows us to imagine that we can go back in time to fix our mistakes or to change something for the better and so forth.  Nonetheless, “Predestination” isn’t similar to other time travel movies I’d seen.  “Predestination” is unique in a way that it puts way more limitation on time travel mechanism than any other time travel movies I’d seen.

The script in “Predestination” weaves the order of interwoven plots together quite nicely, and only by watching the whole film closely that I could be so amused by the ending of the movie.  Nonetheless, as the movie had gone through 75% of its timeline, I already figured out the essence of the main plot, but I was still amazed how the ending created even more interest about the whole movie for me.

The actors in “Predestination” are amazing in the movie.  They are quite believable in their roles.  Nonetheless, if you had watched the movie already you would probably know why it’s even more amazing to see these actors pull through since the main plot of the movie depends on them to surprise you as the viewer to the very end.  Is it hard for these actors to surprise you with the movie’s main plot in the end?  I don’t know, but at least in the movie you can see these actors pull you in throughout the movie to very end, even after the essence of the main plot was revealed.

While watching, at first the movie feels like a low budget movie, but after you sink deeper into the movie the low budget feeling is no longer there but the other feeling creeps in which is as if how you would praise how intelligent the plot is.  After finishing watching the film I had to go online to get more clarification on the main plot, because the ending does leave you feel like something is missing — in a good way.  You would question how would the whole main plot of the movie is even possible in the first place.  Especially at the end of the movie you probably would wonder what’s the point of time travel after all.  You would know what I meant by that if you had already watched the movie.

According to Wikipedia, “Predestination” was directed by The Spierig Brothers.  The screenplay is based on “All You Zombies” (1959) short story by Robert A. Heinlein.  The main stars in the movie are Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor.  I definitely recommend this movie for viewers who like to read books and watch movies on Time Travel.  It’s a science fiction for sure, and so I think the science fiction people will like it too.

Amazing CG Effects Make Gantz: 0 A Stunning Anime To Watch On Netflix

If you got Netflix, you definitely want to check out Gantz: 0 3D animation.  The computer graphics for this animation is the best I have seen so far for this type of entertainment.  Basically, it’s a full length movie.  The story is a bit weird, because there are monsters and people in high tech suits.  Nonetheless, the main plot is coherent enough to allow you enjoy the movie as a movie.  People who are following Japanese anime shouldn’t be surprised how the story of Gantz: 0 would unfold, because Gantz: 0 is an anime but in 3D.  This 3D anime’s CG effects are so amazing.  It’s so amazing to the point that it got me thinking if I’m playing a video game, I wish my video game got to be this realistic and amazing.  I hope the CG effects that created Gantz: 0 would eventually be adopted by the video game industry.  It would be stunning indeed.