It’s One of the Biggest Movies in the World, but You’ve Probably Never Heard of it
It is the third highest grossing film of 2019, China’s 2nd highest grossing film of all time, and the 2nd highest grossing non-English film of all time after Wolf Warrior 2, another Chinese film. Yet little was known about it outside China before Netflix acquired global streaming rights.
The Wandering Earth is a sci-fi film directed by Frant Gwo about a group of astronauts trying to guide the earth away from the sun after a predicted helium flash threatens to swallow all the planets in its solar system. And the astronauts must do this while avoiding a collision course with Jupiter because of the former’s high gravitational force.
The film is based on a novella of the same name by Liu Cixin. However, while the film’s major crisis is the devastating effect of Jupiter’s gravitational pull, the novella grapples with an existential issue – society’s mistrust of the scientists’ prediction of the sun’s helium flash.
The Wandering Earth was available on Netflix on April 30th 2019 and has an IMDB rating of 6.5 and 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.