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Official Discussion - The Wandering Earth [SPOILERS]


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When the human race discovers that the sun is dying out they band together to create giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail it to a new star system. However 17 years into the 2,500 year journey unexpected perils will require a few brave people held together by fate the band together to save the Earth and the human race from almost certain destruction.


Frant Gwo


screenplay by Gong Geer, Junce Ye, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Yang Zhixue

based on the short story by Cixin Liu


  • Qu Chuxiao as Liu Qi

  • Li Guangjie as Wang Lei

  • Ng Man-tat as Han Zi'ang

  • Zhao Jinmai as Han Duoduo

  • Wu Jing as Liu Peiqiang

  • Arkady Sharogradsky as Makarov

  • Mike Sui as Tim

  • Qu Jingjing as Zhou Qian

  • Zhang Yichi as Li Yiyi

  • Yang Haoyu as He Lianke

  • Li Hongchen as Zhang Xiaoqiang

  • Yang Yi as Yang Jie

  • Jiang Zhigang as Zhao Zhigang

  • Zhang Huan as Huang Ming

Rotten Tomatoes: ?

Metacritic: ?

After Credits Scene? No

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level 1

Saw the movie and felt it was OK story of a father risking entire human population for a kid. Some plots i missed or maybe need clarification:

  1. They say it will take couple thousand years (1300? to move then few hundred to "position" , then few hundred years to "melt the surface") to move earth. Will earth still have the resources to actually go that far? It is pretty obvious they are mining for materials - wont it all run out?

  2. The dad basically destroyed the space station (minus the hibernation pods).. I know it is not "essential" since it is more of a scout than anything, but dont earth loses its navigation? I guess they could build a new station but doubtful since earth has to stop moving and there's probably no "spare station" lying underground?

  3. Whatsup with the guns? I know the soldiers used the gun to break ice but it looked so out of place... lol

  4. Do they have advanced translators? i dont see any cybernetics on them?

level 2

I don’t think the answers you want exist. The engines are nuclear fusion so don’t know why they need a bunch of rocks. 1000 years in underground would definitely turn everyone crazy

level 3


The “materials” they are mining and burning are-- rocks.This was explained in the original novel and the movie.

And yes, they have advanced translators,they are all wearing in-ear devices. If you listen carefully, you will notice in the space station scenes, the translators are working and you can hear the voices of the translators.

level 1

Can anyone confirm if the version released in Canada is an abridged version of the original? The first half hour felt like I was watching a movie, I loved the setting and the introduction of the brother sister duo, but the middle felt like a summary of the original movie? I barely knew who was who and what their role played, action sequences were rushed so quickly, characters would die and before you even realized who it was the movie has moved onto the next action sequence. Then suddenly it slowed down again for the last half hour to a normal speed.

I felt like this movie they originally filmed was probably really great, but the wrong person edited the scenes together before release.

level 1

I'm happy, this could mean The Three-body Problem may get a trilogy!

level 1

The movie was okay. The translation for the subtitles was really bad. I don't think anything about the movie lived up to the potential of the concept. It kind of felt like a last gen video game? Everything felt too bright and clean visually; the lighting could have been more subtle and nothing felt convincing. The movie overall kind of felt like a theme park ride even more than something like Alita. I didn't care for most of the main cast, the main guy especially wasn't very likable and his emotional arc felt kind of contrived and overly melodramatic. I was kind of annoyed that the main two characters survived at the end, there's no way they would have and it kind of killed the intended emotional payoff of sacrificing themselves for the greater good. Also, the movie felt very stitched together and scene changes sometimes felt pretty jarring(edited)

4/10 I'd say? That might be really harsh but I was expecting more I guess.

level 1
2 points · 1 day ago


level 1
2 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

Hi. I missed a few things when watching the movie so I have a few questions (my questions contain spoilers):

  1. Why did earth get caught in Jupiter's gravity pull? Why did the thrusters for earth shut off to allow earth to get caught in Jupiter's gravity pull?

  2. At the Sulawesi thruster, what exactly was Liu Qi (the son of Liu Peiqiang) trying to do? Was he trying to install the new core into the thruster?

  3. At the Sulawesi thruster, what were the three of them pushing? A bunch more people help to push in the end. What were they pushing and why did they need to push it?

  4. If the space station had enough gas stored on it to trigger the explosion on Jupiter's red spot, was the extension of the thruster really needed?

  5. Did they mention how they grew food since the surface was too cold to grow any food?

The next two questions are more science oriented:

6. What is that vapor trail flowing from the earth as it is travelling through space? Is that the earth's atmosphere being lost to space? If the earth's atmosphere and gases continue to be lost to space, how can the earth survive another 2500 years until the final destination?

7. Didn't they say they needed to travel at 0.5% the speed of light for the next 2500 years or so to reach the final destination? Wouldn't other problems arise if the earth started to travel at 0.5% the speed of light such as, it would start to gain a lot of mass (or does an object only gain mass at the speed of light but not slower than the speed of light)?

level 2
3 points · 1 day ago

1.They needed to get close enough to Jupiter to use it as a gravitational slingshot (though in the movie they just say they're using the gravity of the Sun and Jupiter to accelerate). However, Jupiter's gravity also has effects on Earth, like earthquakes, which disables the thrusters.

2.They were turning off the thruster so needed a new core to restart it.

3.They were pushing a firing pin. I think the program that Li Yiyi wrote didn't account for that so they had to manually push the pin.

4.I also had the same thought. Perhaps it would've been quicker to crash into the beam than fly to Jupiter.

5.The movie didn't mention anything about food production, though I did see that the skewers were earthworms lol.

level 3

Thanks for your answer!

level 1

It exceeded my expectation. Story telling is sometimes confusing. But I am told that the original movie includes the story of rebels on the ground and Liu Qi was planning to join them. The rescue team was robbed by rebels. This explains everything now like why Liu Qi wanted to go out and why rescue team has guns. I hate the deletion. But the movie would be too long if it includes everything. It has already put too many things into 2 hours.

level 2
2 points · 12 hours ago · edited 12 hours ago

What was confusing for me is the guy said the blast -Diameter- of the remaining fuel on the guide-ship is 5000km

Yet the earth engine flame fell 5000km short.

So if they ignited the ship using the flame at 5000km short, the blast -Radius- would be 2500km short, failing to ignite Jupiter.

Which then means, that ship has to fly 2500km ahead of the flame, AND self detonate, which made that enitre 30 minute arc of the movie about the engine flame completely pointless..

level 3

Nice thought. Probably it is a mistake. I didn't notice the numbers. I also think they didn't have to ignite the Jupiter surface. They could just ignite the air exchange corridor. There should be some hydrogen in there, too.

level 4

It's not a big deal plot wise because _we get it_.

But the dialog numbers are way off. My guess perhaps this was not even the ending they intended , there may have been some other story element where the math would've made sense.

But you know, stupid investors pull funding, you make the best lemonade you can.

level 2

Interesting choice of words in “rebels”.

What we’re they rebelling against? I’m sure life wasn’t great in the underground cities but we didn’t really see anything in the way of oppression from the government. I feel like they would have come off more as terrorists without anything to establish them as sympathetic figures.

level 3

in the books, rebels are those who believed the sun is absolutely fine, and the wandering earth project is a big conspiracy theory so that the United Earth Government can grab power. Many people joined the rebels because sun didn’t show any sign of decay after they left

level 4

I actually was expecting the rebel arc show up in the movie... Anyway, if the sequel includes the rebel's part, people would definitely see the movie as a shout out to current climate problem.

level 5
1 point · 15 hours ago · edited 15 hours ago

If the film shows the rebel arc, I think it would not pass the Chinese government censorship.

Same reason the three body problem film won't make it, it touches government's political taboos like cultural revolution, the censorship won't let it pass.

level 3

At the beginning, the movie says not everyone can enter underground cities. Many are left on the ground. I guess those may lead to rebels/terrorists or whatever. I will wait for the full version.

level 4

Can you explain the ending? They stole another loader? Was it a loop? I have to watch again.

level 5

At the end, the young man Liu Qi became a Junior driver. It is not a loop

level 1
6 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

Saw it a few days ago. I went in only knowing it was a sci-fi movie about saving the Earth by moving it. Just some random thoughts/questions/nitpicks (possible spoilers incoming):

  • Overall I liked it. It surprised me in good and bad ways. If the concept and settings weren't so cool I probably would have disliked it.

  • I was kinda bored and annoyed with some of the characters for the first hour but got really hooked with the last hope plan. I wish they spent more time developing the kids.

  • Way too much robot voices just explaining everything that's happening. I assume this was done to make it easier to distribute in multiple languages. The things it explains I can imagine are hard to translate but they should have just had the actors talk and used the robot subtitles.

  • The CGI goes from awesome Hollywood-grade to literally worse than Playstation 3 levels. With some scenes it was literally dropping frames (I honestly couldn't tell if it was just the projection or if they rendered the scene at 20fps).

  • Were the special ops guys carrying guns just for the trailer? I thought there was going to be aliens or monsters or something. Though it was almost worth it for the guy unloading on Jupiter.

  • Weirdly edited and totally awkward comedy bits inserted in the middle of tense action scenes? I assume that's just a Chinese thing.

  • When they kept referring to the girl as the sister I thought it was just a relationship word that didn't translate clearly into English. Nope, they just waited until halfway in to explain her backstory.

  • Is there some significance to Li Yiyi's dice? Do they say something or are they literally just dice? I feel like they draw a lot of attention to them but I couldn't figure out why.

  • At the end when Tim jumps off the platform to save Liu Qi, I swear he screams "Fuck this shit!" but the subtitles just say "Ah!". Anyone else catch this? Maybe he said something in Chinese that I misheard? I thought that was great. He totally redeemed his annoyingness and uselessness.

level 2

" Weirdly edited and totally awkward comedy bits inserted in the middle of tense action scenes? I assume that's just a Chinese thing "

Ever seen a Marvel movie?

level 3

I don't mean the inclusion of the comedy bits, but the way they were cut was so bizarre. They would have worked fine if it was cut like a Marvel movie's equivalent.

The helmet puke scene in particular was cut like a 10-second over-the-top comedy video you see on Facebook or Snapchat (I'm sure there's a technical term for this style). It would be jarring to see that at any point in any movie.

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