2019-05-12 03:48:20 UTC
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