The Disaster Blogathon – The Wandering Earth (2019)

This is my first of 3 submissions for the The Disaster Blogathon being run by J-Dub over at Dubism and Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In

Tnx for letting me take part!

Since the day The Wandering Earth project began… there was no going back.” – Liu Peiqiang

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In order to save the Earth from destruction, a group of ships are built which can move it to a safer place in the galaxy, but when they get stuck in Jupiter’s gravitational pull, they must find a way to save the planet from another kind of danger.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for a while, but due to the fact that I’ve never been the biggest fan of foreign language films, I stayed away for a while.

This movie actually has a very clever plot that if they had been given more resources and finances might have worked out even better.

The special effects and cinematography are both somewhat lacking and come across as seeming far too unrealistic for something like this and if they had been done more properly, they might have been able to raise the level of it all.

The characters aren’t developed enough and even in a disaster movie like this, we need to know more about the characters before they are all used as canon fodder.

The film presents various story lines, yet leaves far too many unanswered question that would have made things even more satisfying to watch unfold.

The main thing that that do get right here is the way that they explain the science of it all in a succint way that helps make us believe that this kind of scenario could possibly happen and more importantly.. work if the need ever arises.

They give a nice try here, but fall a bit short throughout.

Bottom Line – Very clever idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope due to budgetary restraints. The special effects aren’t realistic enough to help carry the story to higher levels. The characters aren’t developed well enough and the way that the various story lines are presented leave too many questions for the viewer that remain unresolved. The science behind it all is explained quite well and that helps make things a bit more realistic but unfortunately not enough. Nice try, but still not enough..

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wandering Earth is China’s “first full-scale interstellar” film. Chinese science fiction author and screenwriter Anna Wu says science fiction “is a new challenge for the Chinese film industry.” While there have been numerous fantasy films, she told The Verge that studios and investors have hesitated when it comes to the genre because of the perception that they need both a high level of special effects and to rake in lots of money in order to be successful.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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3 thoughts on “The Disaster Blogathon – The Wandering Earth (2019)

  1. Pingback: The “Disaster” Blog-A-Thon Is Here! | Dubsism

  2. Interesting, Rob, thanks for pointing the way to this foreign take on a genre that’s been done a lot in the U.S. I will look for it.


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