Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire: What a disappointment

Sofia Boutella in Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire looked promising. The main character was a woman, there were lots of other women in the cast, the visuals looked good. This space adventure written and directed by Zack Snyder should be good, right? Despite the good visuals the story was the same old plot using the same old tropes. Honestly, I found it boring and didn’t want to even finish watching it. I couldn’t write a review if I didn’t finish, so I kept on.

Ed Skrein in Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire
Ed Skrein was a convincing bad guy

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire tells a story about a bunch of peaceful farmers who are visited by the evil and brutal Noble (Ed Skrein). He’s the guy who wants to rule the universe. He plans to take all their grain for his armies and leave the people to starve.

One of the farmers, Kora (Sofia Boutella), was formerly a soldier herself and knew what would happen if the farmers gave up without a fight. We learn Kora’s backstory through lots and lots of exposition. Yawn. After Noble killed their leader, the farmers decided to fight back. Kora was the badass leader of the rebellion.

Kora and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), another farmer, went looking for help. They met Kai (Charlie Hunnam), who had a ship and agreed to take them from planet to planet in search of an army.

Djimon Hounsou, Michiel Huisman, Charlie Hunnam, Sofia Boutella, and Staz Nair in Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire
This ragtag army will stage a rebellion

They collected Tarak (Staz Nair) and his abs, the former general Titus (Djimon Hounsou), and a few others.

Bae Doona in Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire
I was there for Doona Bae!

In addition to Sofia Boutella, the second reason I wanted to see this movie was for Nemesis (Doona Bae). She was her usual kickass character doing martial arts in circles around all the big strong opponents, which included a giant spider woman. She joined the rebels.

There were plenty of fight and action scenes. Everywhere they went there were creatures of various descriptions that were well designed. The big battle at the end was spectacular. It should have been exciting and full of suspense, but it wasn’t. The cliffhanger at the end set the stage for part two of Rebel Moon, which will come in April 2024.

Oh, did I mention Anthony Hopkins did the voice for the robot Jimmy? Big name in this one for sure. Jimmy was my favorite character.

I don’t encourage you to rush to see this one, but if you go for it, you’ll find it on Netflix. Let me know what you thought of it if you take a look.

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