I'm not a good person to review a movie with subtitles 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 on 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 they 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, the 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 danger. To be honest, often time after I had seen an episode of Star Trek, I would often wonder if the whole earth is like a spaceship that is constantly moving in space.
I got to know the author of the book "The Wandering Earth" through his other more famous trilogy which is "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 movie 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 concisely 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.