The Wandering Earth (2019)

Director: Frant Gwo

Writer: Gong Geer, Junce Ye, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Yang Zhixue (Screenplay) Cixin Liu (Story)

Starring: Jing Wu, Chuxiao Qu, Guangjie Li, Man-Tat Ng, Jin Mai Jaho, Mike Kai Sui, Hongchen Li

 

Plot: The sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500 years journey came with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth came out boldly and fought hard for everyone’s survival.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ambitious, Stunning & Original

 

Story: The Wandering Earth starts as the sun is starting to grown and engulf the Earth, the governments of the world have come together with the ambition idea of moving the Earth to a new solar system, which will see the select group of people living underground on Earth until they complete their 2500 year journey.

17-years into the journey Liu Qi (Qu) has been raised in the underground and along with his sister Han Doudou (Jaho) is trying to get out in time to see his father Liu Pieqiang (Wu) return from his mission as they get ready to pass Jupiter, which brings about the first danger the mission the Earth will face, can they pass on the impossible sounding journey.

 

Thoughts on The Wandering Earth

 

Characters – Liu Peiqiang is one of the astronauts that must leave his family for this mission which will see him leave his own father to care for his child in the safety zone. He does try to communicate through the years and tries to get back to them after the first danger occurs on the mission. Liu Qi is the ambitious young man that has lived most of his life underground, he wants to get to the surface, with his wild inventions being important to his quest for freedom. He does get himself in trouble by breaking the rules which is why he can find himself in trouble at times. He does hold resentment towards his father for leaving him behind. Wang Lei is the soldier that is leading the mission to try and bring the engine back to life in a hope of completing this mission, he will do anything to complete this mission. Han Ziang is the grandfather that worked on the rescue missions while raising the two children in the underground city, he will do everything he can to keep them safe and raise them well, however difficult Liu Qi can make it.

PerformancesThe performances in this film reminded me of the ones in Train to Busan, we get what feels and should be just generic characters that gain emotional impact. Jing Wu does most of his work away from the rest of the cast, he makes us feel the distance he has from his family, while knowing his mission is the important part of the mission. Chuxiao Qu does makes us believe his rebellious ways through the film, while being a protector for his little sister. Guangjie Li shows us just how a man following orders will do anything to save the planet from its potential problems.

StoryThe story follows the Earth on a voyage to find a new solar system after the current sun is going to die and engulf the Earth, killing everybody. We meet the residents of Earth 17 years into the mission when they face their first major danger, which could see the Earth destroyed by Jupiter, one group of rescuers will risk everything to hopefully stop the ending coming to the population. The story here is ambitious to say the least, we have always looked into the ideas of how life could continue if we needed to leave our solar system, this story offers one which is wildly original and emotionally impactful. Even considering this idea to work is something special and to achieve it is another story all together. This is one you have to see the story unfold and you will be left wanting more.

Action/Sci-FiThe action and sci-fi in this film play hand in hand, it keeps everything fully in the science fiction concept of two planets coming into each other’s gravity, with the action being the way to separate the two fields.

SettingsThe film shows us a destroyed Earth from the disasters that have hit, the underground city which is mankind’s only chance of survival and the space station guiding the mission to potential take Earth to a new solar system. Each location looks brilliant and completely takes us into the environment we are entering.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are mixed through the film, we do get the large scale beautiful shots, while this is one of the first major sci-fi films to come out of the Chinese market, we can see moments of CGI not coming off to the best level.


Scene of the Movie –
The final mission.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is should be cinema experience not Netflix.

Final ThoughtsThis is a special film indeed, it is ambitious and a must watch for anybody that wants to see a sci-fi epic.

 

Overall: True Sci-Fi Epic.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – B – Belle (2013)

Director: Amma Asante

Writer: Misan Sagay (Screenplay)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, Miranda Richardson, Sam Reid, Penelope Wilton

 

Plot: The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Impressive Look a Historical Change

 

Story: Belle starts in 1769 when Captain Sir John Lindsay (Goode) father’s a child with a slave girl who has died. He begs his Uncle Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) and Lady Mansfield (Watson) to care for Dido Elizabeth Belle. Facing the difficult decision Lord Mansfield accepts Belle into the household as a new friend for their other niece Elizabeth, but for the social order they must wait and see.

Belle (Mbatha-Raw) and Elizabeth (Gadon) grown up to their 20’s as Belle learns of her father’s death and potential suitors for Elizabeth with Dido staying away from visitors because of her skin colour. When Lord Mansfield agrees to take vicar’s son John Davinier (Reid) under his wing to defend the rights of the slaves after a tragic event led to the death of them on board a transport ship by the captain.

With the case running in the background Belle uses this to work with Davinier to bring down the slavery industry running through Britain while dealing with the society marriages she has found herself involved with.

 

Thoughts on Belle

 

Characters/PerformanceBelle is the black woman in higher society England, only she isn’t accepted in all the ways the white high society people are. She lives in the rich homes but not welcome to the dinners but doesn’t understand the difference until she comes of age, she is a strong minded woman whose short memories of her father motivate her into wanting to make a change to rid England of slavery. Lord Mansfield is drawn into how society is meant to be but also wants the best for his adopted daughter. John Davinier is the idealistic young man who is in search for the change in slavery who sees how Belle also wants to change.

Performance wise I do feel Mbatha-Raw gives her best performance of her career to date here with Tom Wilkinson always showing us his acting class. Sam Reid is also great throughout with the rest of the cast all performing their roles just how you need them to be.

StoryThe story is showing an important part of history as we see how England had it’s first case that could bring down slavery in the country. The story unfolds showing how difficult it was for Belle in this time because of her blood line, skin colour and social standing. I think this is an unknow and important part of history that should be known.

Biography/RomanceLooking into this woman’s history was fascinating because we get to see how her choice in love help change a nation look at slavery.

SettingsEach setting looks perfect for time the film is set showing how the upper class looked at the life they had.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film I wasn’t sure about but found myself enjoying from start to finish.

 

Overall: This is a good film for all history buffs to enjoy.

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