In Review: Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire

Visually the film is stunning to look at. The visuals and costume design and the visual aspect of the world-building are probably the best aspects of the film. Which is kind of typical of a Zack Snyder film. 
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Synopsis: When a peaceful settlement on the edge of a distant moon finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force, a mysterious stranger living among its villagers becomes their best hope for survival.

 

The Story

In the world of rebel moon. An empire known as the Mother World has taken control of many worlds and is making its way towards the outer rim of its galaxy. When a peaceful world on the edge of a distant moon is threatened by the armies led by the tyrannical Admiral Atticus Noble, a mysterious stranger known as Kora has been living among the world’s farmers and becomes their best hope for survival and proceeds to leave the planet and recruit a team of seasons fighters to help her defend what has become her new home. On her journey, she is joined by Gunner who has been somewhat of a love interest for her. Along the way, they meet a thief and scoundrel called Kai who proceeds to help them recruit other people to their cause. But can he be trusted?

 

The Acting

The acting in Revel Moon is pretty solid given that the actors do not get very much to play with in this opening segment. The most well-defined characters are Sofia Boutella’s Kora who has an interesting connection to the Mother World and Ed Skrein’s Admiral Atticus Noble who is every bit the arrogant and psychotic ruler. Charlie Hunnam’s Kai is a fairly well-developed character, which is just as well given that his character is involved in a plot twist that everyone probably saw coming. Or at least everyone who has watched enough of this kind of story will have seen coming. 

In terms of the characters that get recruited to Kora’s take on The Magnificent Seven or The Seven Samurai don’t get a great deal of story or character development. They get introduced in a series of brief vignette-style stories as Kora, Kai, and Gunner go from planet to planet.

 

Overall

This first part of Rebel Moon was fairly enjoyable despite what I felt was a very obvious twist concerning Kai’s character. The main characters of Kora and Atticus who are the films hero and villain both get some pretty good character development, but have more story to come in the second chapter. However, it’s the supporting players that get precious little in the way of development. This is a little bit concerning given that this is a two-movie story. We know that Titus was a big deal general who defeated The Mother World’s forces, but precious little else. It’s pretty much the same with all the other characters too. Thankfully, it looks like some of this will get addressed in the second movie. But given that the film has so many characters. I can’t help but feel that a few characters might get given short shrift. 

Visually the film is stunning to look at. The visuals and costume design and the visual aspect of the world-building are probably the best aspects of the film. Which is kind of typical of a Zack Snyder film.

Overall. Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire is fairly entertaining, but I don’t think it will have the longevity or repeat viewings that something like the original Star Wars trilogy managed to achieve.

8.4
Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire
  • Story
    7.3
  • Acting
    8.6
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    8.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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