Parents' Guide to

The Wandering Earth

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bombastic blockbuster Chinese sci-fi has cursing, violence.

Movie NR 2019 125 minutes
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This is a bombastic Chinese take on the blockbuster sci-fi movie. The special effects and computer graphics are truly incredible in nearly every scene. The detail and chaos of a world that seems to be in a constant state of crumbling is epically rendered. It's a ludicrous concept, but for those willing to suspend all disbelief, it's a frenzied blowout of escapist entertainment. And if that isn't enough, there is the hilarious (intentional or not) scene in which a soldier, as angry as anyone in a firefight from a John Milius screenplay, fires his machine gun at Jupiter's Great Red Spot while cursing at the Gas Giant.

While the dystopian scenery is dense and hypnotic (so much crumbling!), there's a lingering sense that so much of this has been done before. The Wandering Earth wears its bombastic influence on its sleeve. There's the feel of Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, and a talking supercomputer that might as well be called Hal 9000, for instance. While it manages to steer clear of some of the more obnoxious tropes and clichés of its Hollywood influences, what remains with the story and characters isn't exactly groundbreaking. But perhaps that doesn't matter so much, especially when looking at amazing scenes in which tiny planet Earth, while traveling through space like a slow-motion comet, is on a collision course with the orange-yellow swirling entropy of Jupiter.

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