Wandering Earth is China's entry into the big blockbusters in Science Fiction led by Hollywood over decades (and probably ongoing). Adapted from the novella of Liu Cixin it goes for the big Bruckheimer approach that Bruckheimer does not now.
The story has a great science fiction by Liu Cixin: in the future, the sun becomes unstable and goes on supernova for a hundred years, which eliminates the solar system. The world governments are united to form a single body to save the Earth by building thousands of massive engines to push the Earth into the solar system to another more stable solar system, a journey to take 2,500 years. This means poor sacrifices. Half of the world's population goes to a lottery to live in bunker cities beneath the ground, away from tidal waves and weather changes that sweep all life on the surface.
Plots are familiar with any Spielberg blockbuster, including family stories that live on this early trip. Martial arts star Wu Jing plays Liu Peiqiang, the Chinese astronaut assigned to the pathfinder duty onboard the station space which serves as a guide and organizer with the Earth. She left her father to take care of her 4-year-old son Liu Qi after agreeing to kill her dying husband so that other families would have a place in bunker cities. After 1
Liu Qi, now a tech genius and apprentice engineer, decides to run away from the city to the surface and his adopted sister Han Duoduo, a bored, bratty teenager tired of the crowded bunker city, to see what the outside world looks like. What they see is a world of very cold instant-life killing temperatures, tidal waves become ice and the destruction of the major landmarks of the city.
Then a navigation error threw Earth to gravity by Jupiter instead of the original course of slingshotting off it. The world's machines suffer all failure and the Earth has less than 40 hours to restart them before the whole planet gets splattered like a fool in a fire in the Jupiter environment. Li Qi, Duoduo and their grandfather were taken to the mission of rescue with a military platoon to get to the nearest engine to restart it.
Meanwhile, at the space station, Li Peiqiang and his fellow astronauts were instructed by MOSS, the AI, to go to winter sleep to maintain power during the crisis, but he suspected AI was lying on them and sets out to find out the truth in his Russian cosmonaut best friend Markorov. You do not have to remember the 2001 HAL to think of something wrong. AIs in movies always appear to be bad, but they become more complex, cruel and tragic than that.
If you're familiar with Hollywood blockbusters like Armageddon 2012 The Sun After Tomorrow and San Andreas , it's Chinese only. There is a direct view of the lethality of the future dystopian that often prevents Hollywood.
They are definitely stretched out on the $ 48 million budget to look like $ 200 million, but do not have to pay higher salaries in film films, high union dues and Hollywood studio overheads and "creative accounting" are certain helped. What's different – apart from the absence of a "rah rah America" message – is this Big Crazy Science featuring more than Hollywood blockbusters do. The heroes have found a way to save the planet with a Big Crazy Science solution that is both hilarious and insanely epic.
The message of this movie is not patriotic but that's all in it together. There is a bit of a big message of Chinese propaganda in the movie, and more than an allegorical call for action for the world to do something together about Climate Change before it actually destroys the world. The message is more international here, America is doing their own thing, like everyone else, to restart the engine to save the world.
(They still have problems with race stereotyping. The half-Australian team, half Chinese and most of his lines are about insisting he is Chinese enough not to be called a foreigner, and the only time we see any Japanese character is when they make a suicide of despair, as the Chinese seem to think that what it refers to.)
Many rides on Wandering Earth . This is China's first Science Fiction blockbuster movie and one of the declarations of a new era of big Chinese Science Fiction movies if it's a hit. Well, judged from boxary box numbers – a US $ 300 million allocation to China alone in the opening week – and the public's reaction to the Chinese New Year's opening week, which may be in the way.
Just about every screening in New York City at the time The opening of the weekend was already bought, and when we left our screening, there was a Chinese media team outside the screening room that interviewed the audience about it . They also had a screen where director Frant Guo lived from China to talk to listeners and asked them what they thought. The love of almost all Chinese loves it.
China wants to make a big epic Science Fiction movies now as a propaganda campaign to promote its space program – they have arrived in the dark part of the moon, after all. This is also the next step for the Chinese Film Industry because Science Fiction looks forward to the future. The message is not about fighting and killing foreign enemies but saving the world.
China loves films that are popular around the world as Hollywood, and a steep learning curve. Wandering Earth is a first step. It's safe, usually does not affect and has a big positive message. They have no problem getting Chinese viewers to show abroad, but they should know how to market readers beyond the Chinese community if they want to get some non-Chinese demographics.
(Last updated February 11, 2019 1:19 am )