The Wandering Earth

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The Wandering Earth's story won't win many points for originality, but this sci-fi epic earns its thrills with exciting set pieces and dazzling special effects.



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The Wandering Earth tells the story of a distant future in which the sun is about to expand into a red giant and devour the Earth, prompting mankind to make an audacious attempt to save planet. The multi-generational heroes build ten-thousand stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home. During the 2,500 year-long journey, a group of daring heroes emerge to defend human civilization from unexpected dangers and new enemies, and to ensure the survival of humanity in this age of the wandering Earth.

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Critic Reviews for The Wandering Earth

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

  • It's almost impressive how Gwo manages to rip off "Gravity," "Sunshine," and "2001," all at the same time.

    May 14, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Once you get past the ridiculous central conceit and all the info dumps the film is a sturdy romp with several cool set pieces of the frozen world, some stellar interpretations of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and a pleasantly hopeful, humanitarian message.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Proves that when it comes to watching special-effects extravaganzas in which stock characters scramble to intervene while the planet faces obliteration, it's a small world after all.

    Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The characters remain archetypes, but the film eventually earns its syrupy sentimentality.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

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  • It certainly proves that the Chinese film industry can hold its own at the multiplex: It is just as awash in murky computer imagery, stupefying exposition and manipulative sentimentality as the average Hollywood tentpole.

    Feb 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I can't think of another recent computer-graphics-driven blockbuster that left me feeling this giddy because of its creators' consummate attention to detail and infectious can-do spirit.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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