Almost all of the science fiction I have come across were created by American or European writers, so I was curious when I heard about the Chinese Sci-Fi – “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin. The Wandering Earth (2019) is a Chinese science fiction film adaptation of his novella of the same, directed by Frant Gwo.
The story is what follows after the sun begins to die and starts to engulf all the planets in the solar system. To survive humans plan to move the Earth out of the Solar System to the Alpha Centauri system, using giant thrusters all around the earth, turning our planet itself to be a gargantuan rocketship with over 3.5 billion living underground.
The film is a mashup of many of the past sci-fi works including Interstellar (2014) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) with the heroics of 2012 (2009) and with a boatload of emotions in the second half. As to be expected, in the film the world pivot’s around China and it showcases the might of China and its forces.
If you can make past the first half of the film which was pedestrian in my opinion, the second half was engaging. Watchable!
Available on Netflix.