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J. Clarke
2019-05-12 03:48:20 UTC
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Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.

Chinese, big budget apparently, from a story by and executive produced
by Cixin Liu.

From a storytelling viewpoint it was a typical blockbuster, one
perilous situation after another. The characters weren't all that
plausible--they tried too hard to create a situation with a couple of
good looking teenagers whose teenagedness didn't really contribute
much to the story--it did create a whole subplot though. But it's
Chinese, maybe a couple of teenages scofflaws are edgy or something--I
may ask my Chinese coworkers if they would be willing to give it a
look on Monday--I would be interested in their comments.

From a scientific viewpoint, it had the typical moviemaker's
cluelessness concerning such topics as orbital mechanics and the
relative dimensions of Earth and Jupiter but I had the impression that
somebody was _trying_ to keep the thing on track in that regard just
as Kip Thorne tried and failed to keep Interstellar on track.

From a science fictional viewpoint, the concept I think has been done
before but it's not a common one--something is going to happen to the
Sun so the whole bleeding Earth is being taken to Alpha Centauri (not
a spoiler--that's the setup for the whole thing).

FX were decent enough--a sky full of Jupiter is always worth a look
and other visuals were rather nice.

Anyway, just throwing this out to see if anyone is interesting in
discussion.
J. Clarke
2019-05-12 03:50:44 UTC
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On Sat, 11 May 2019 23:48:20 -0400, J. Clarke
Just saw it on Amazon.^H^H^H^H^H^H
NETFLIX -- why did I say the A-word?
I had not heard of this movie before.
Chinese, big budget apparently, from a story by and executive produced
by Cixin Liu.
From a storytelling viewpoint it was a typical blockbuster, one
perilous situation after another. The characters weren't all that
plausible--they tried too hard to create a situation with a couple of
good looking teenagers whose teenagedness didn't really contribute
much to the story--it did create a whole subplot though. But it's
Chinese, maybe a couple of teenages scofflaws are edgy or something--I
may ask my Chinese coworkers if they would be willing to give it a
look on Monday--I would be interested in their comments.
From a scientific viewpoint, it had the typical moviemaker's
cluelessness concerning such topics as orbital mechanics and the
relative dimensions of Earth and Jupiter but I had the impression that
somebody was _trying_ to keep the thing on track in that regard just
as Kip Thorne tried and failed to keep Interstellar on track.
From a science fictional viewpoint, the concept I think has been done
before but it's not a common one--something is going to happen to the
Sun so the whole bleeding Earth is being taken to Alpha Centauri (not
a spoiler--that's the setup for the whole thing).
FX were decent enough--a sky full of Jupiter is always worth a look
and other visuals were rather nice.
Anyway, just throwing this out to see if anyone is interesting in
discussion.
Robert Woodward
2019-05-12 05:04:53 UTC
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Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.
James Nicholl just did a review of it on Wednesday (and posted a link,
which I repeat):
<https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/march-of-the-volunteers>
--
"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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Robert Woodward ***@drizzle.com
J. Clarke
2019-05-12 05:12:06 UTC
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On Sat, 11 May 2019 22:04:53 -0700, Robert Woodward
Post by Robert Woodward
Post by J. Clarke
Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.
James Nicholl just did a review of it on Wednesday (and posted a link,
<https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/march-of-the-volunteers>
I pretty much agree with him. There's some poor technical advisor
somewhere crying in his beer or whatever they drink in China.
Robert Carnegie
2019-05-12 12:46:06 UTC
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Post by J. Clarke
Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.
Chinese, big budget apparently, from a story by and executive produced
by Cixin Liu.
From a storytelling viewpoint it was a typical blockbuster, one
perilous situation after another. The characters weren't all that
plausible--they tried too hard to create a situation with a couple of
good looking teenagers whose teenagedness didn't really contribute
much to the story--it did create a whole subplot though. But it's
Chinese, maybe a couple of teenages scofflaws are edgy or something--I
may ask my Chinese coworkers if they would be willing to give it a
look on Monday--I would be interested in their comments.
From a scientific viewpoint, it had the typical moviemaker's
cluelessness concerning such topics as orbital mechanics and the
relative dimensions of Earth and Jupiter but I had the impression that
somebody was _trying_ to keep the thing on track in that regard just
as Kip Thorne tried and failed to keep Interstellar on track.
From a science fictional viewpoint, the concept I think has been done
before but it's not a common one--something is going to happen to the
Sun so the whole bleeding Earth is being taken to Alpha Centauri (not
a spoiler--that's the setup for the whole thing).
FX were decent enough--a sky full of Jupiter is always worth a look
and other visuals were rather nice.
Anyway, just throwing this out to see if anyone is interesting in
discussion.
_Earthsearch_ deals with a generation starship which
brings back word of a new "paradise" planet but finds
the motherworld has already left the home system -
half a million years earlier (oops).

Gur fjvgpurebb vf gung vg gheaf bhg BHE Rnegu VF gur cnenqvfr cynarg, juvpu gur perj frggyr ba. Gurer ner
ryrcunagf (V guvax).
David Johnston
2019-05-12 23:27:39 UTC
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Post by J. Clarke
Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.
Chinese, big budget apparently, from a story by and executive produced
by Cixin Liu.
From a storytelling viewpoint it was a typical blockbuster, one
perilous situation after another. The characters weren't all that
plausible--they tried too hard to create a situation with a couple of
good looking teenagers whose teenagedness didn't really contribute
much to the story--it did create a whole subplot though. But it's
Chinese, maybe a couple of teenages scofflaws are edgy or something--I
may ask my Chinese coworkers if they would be willing to give it a
look on Monday--I would be interested in their comments.
From a scientific viewpoint, it had the typical moviemaker's
cluelessness concerning such topics as orbital mechanics and the
relative dimensions of Earth and Jupiter but I had the impression that
somebody was _trying_ to keep the thing on track in that regard just
as Kip Thorne tried and failed to keep Interstellar on track.
From a science fictional viewpoint, the concept I think has been done
before but it's not a common one--something is going to happen to the
Sun so the whole bleeding Earth is being taken to Alpha Centauri (not
a spoiler--that's the setup for the whole thing).
FX were decent enough--a sky full of Jupiter is always worth a look
and other visuals were rather nice.
Anyway, just throwing this out to see if anyone is interesting in
discussion.
Cixin Liu's take on orbital mechanics was what turned me off him.
Carl Fink
2019-05-13 14:01:20 UTC
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Cixin Liu's take on orbital mechanics was what turned me off him.
Not the nonsensical deus ex machina (nearly literal) at the end of
Three-Body Problem?
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Carl Fink ***@nitpicking.com

Read John Grant's book, Corrupted Science: http://a.co/9UsUoGu
Dedicated to ... Carl Fink!
Lynn McGuire
2019-05-13 17:32:34 UTC
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Post by J. Clarke
Just saw it on Amazon. I had not heard of this movie before.
Chinese, big budget apparently, from a story by and executive produced
by Cixin Liu.
From a storytelling viewpoint it was a typical blockbuster, one
perilous situation after another. The characters weren't all that
plausible--they tried too hard to create a situation with a couple of
good looking teenagers whose teenagedness didn't really contribute
much to the story--it did create a whole subplot though. But it's
Chinese, maybe a couple of teenages scofflaws are edgy or something--I
may ask my Chinese coworkers if they would be willing to give it a
look on Monday--I would be interested in their comments.
From a scientific viewpoint, it had the typical moviemaker's
cluelessness concerning such topics as orbital mechanics and the
relative dimensions of Earth and Jupiter but I had the impression that
somebody was _trying_ to keep the thing on track in that regard just
as Kip Thorne tried and failed to keep Interstellar on track.
From a science fictional viewpoint, the concept I think has been done
before but it's not a common one--something is going to happen to the
Sun so the whole bleeding Earth is being taken to Alpha Centauri (not
a spoiler--that's the setup for the whole thing).
FX were decent enough--a sky full of Jupiter is always worth a look
and other visuals were rather nice.
Anyway, just throwing this out to see if anyone is interesting in
discussion.
Thanks J. Clarke and James Nicoll !

I will try it when I am done watching Daredevil on Netflix in between my
Houston Astros games.

Lynn

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