TL;DR – While frustratingly slow to build, I must say that it captured me in the end.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid to see this film.
The Wandering Earth II Review –
Back in 2019, this fascinating film slipped onto the scene and fascinated me. The Wandering Earth was one of the most unique scenarios I have ever seen put to film, and a movie with some of the most frustrating characters put to screen. It was this juxtaposition that both delighted and annoyed me. However, we now have a second bite at the pie, and it is time to see if they have learned from the issues of the last film.
So to set the scene, tragedy is brewing on Earth as it is clear that the Sun has prematurely entered its final phase and will soon expand to engulf the planet in the next 100 years. The United Earth Government was formed to find a solution with some form of Digital Life and The Moving Mountain Project being proposed. Time is of the essence as the globe slowly descends into chaos. In Libreville, Gabon, a test engine and space elevator is the first step towards The Moving Mountain Project, but this means it is at a critical phase, and if you could disrupt it at the source, then the whole thing could come crumbling down.
TL;DR – At its core is an interesting idea, however, it is populated by the most unlikable characters in cinema at the moment
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
If you have read any of my reviews you will know I am a fan of Science Fiction.
I love exploring the future and what it could be, I love interesting ideas and
concepts, and I love the idea of exploring the universe. Today’s movie The Wandering Earth out of China does
all of that and more. However as I walked out of the cinema I was not elated, instead,
frankly, I was disappointed in how
someone could squander such a good idea.
So to set the scene, at some point in the near future the Sun decides that it
is ready to turn into a red giant now rather than billions of years from now
and humanity has a choice. They can sit there and die as the Sun expands, or
they can do something about it. They choose the latter
and build hundreds of engines across the planet so that they can move the Earth
to the Alpha Centauri system. To make sure nothing goes wrong they build a
large space station that travels ahead of Earth to warn them of any danger. The
one threat is that before they leave the Solar System they need to perform a
gravity assist boost around Jupiter, but then it seems that Jupiter was not
ready to let go. As all of this is happening Liu Peiqiang (Wu Jing) the senior astronaut
on the Space Station has to watch helplessly as his son Liu Qi (Qu Chuxiao), father-in-law Han Zi’ang (Ng Man-tat), and adopted
daughter Han Duoduo (Zhao Jinmai) are caught outside in the emergency and are marshalled
into helping the Earth stave off disaster.
TL;DR – Wolf Warriors 2 brings Chinese propaganda films into the 21st century, however, it fails in presenting a solid story and in the production of many of its effects.
Score – 2 out of 5
P.S. – There is a mid-credit scene
Well wasn’t this an interesting film, Wolf Warriors 2 is a film creating buzz across the world, and has broken box office records in its home China, so today we’re going to have a look to see if Wolf Warriors II holds up. Now before we start, I do have to make it clear that I have not seen the first film in the series, so I may have missed some of the nuances, however, the film does a good job of giving you all of the basic reminders of what happened, elite soldiers, one sacrificed themselves for the team, and there was a love interest. Which brings us to the start of the film, so let’s dive into the world of Wolf Warriors II. Now to do this we will be breaking down the production elements of the film, and then we will be looking at the story, and finally examining themes at play.