In Review: Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver

Kora aka The Scargiver and surviving warriors prepare to defend Veldt, their new home, alongside its people against the Realm.
Scargiver

Synopsis: Kora aka The Scargiver and surviving warriors prepare to defend Veldt, their new home, alongside its people against the Realm. The warriors face their pasts, revealing their motivations before the Realm’s forces arrive to crush the growing rebellion.

 

The Story

Picking up from where the last film left off. Kora and her ragtag team have returned to Veldt thinking they have been victorious against General Noble and the flagship from the oppressive motherworld. The celebrations get cut short when one of the farmers on Veldt picks up a radio broadcast from the flagship that Noble is very much alive and on his way to them and it is only a matter of days.

With little time to prepare. Kora, Titus, and the others begin to organize the farmers and teach them military tactics and so forth so that they can better defend themselves from the wicked General and his highly trained soldiers. But first, they have to bring in a harvest of grain so that they have something to lure the Motherworld creeps with. In short they are insuring that Veldt’s people are ready for battle. 

 

The Acting

Sofia Boutella performs well as Kora, also known to General Noble as The Scargiver. Her scenes with Michiel Huisman’s Gunner are really strong and help to unravel Kora’s backstory. By far the strongest performance across both films comes from Djimon Hounsou as Titus who gets most of the rousing speeches in the film.

 

Overall

Much as with the first movie. The story is pretty much a copy-and-paste job of previous classics like Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven but with a strong science fiction visual element placed over the top. That said, the visuals are stunning and there are a lot of fun elements throughout. For example, the flagship from Motherworld is running on Coal, which is rather a steampunk type of thing.

 

 

As with the first film. This second installment has the same issue of not great development for the various characters that make up Kora’s team. The film tries to address this with a scene where Titus and the group are gathered around a table and have to tell their story and explain why they are fighting against Motherworld. However, much like the various recruitment scenes that we saw in the first movie. These backstories for the different characters are wafer thin and didn’t allow me as a viewer to become emotionally invested in any of the characters.

The film is very much a popcorn movie and much of the action and premise is very farfetched. For example, a 10-year-old girl handling a rife and being able to handle it with expertise after one scene of training and she doesn’t even get any recoil or kick from the weapon, which is like twice as big as she is. So if you want to watch this film and enjoy it. You really have to turn the logical part of your brain off.

Overall. This film is two hours worth of action and mayhem with wafer-thin characters, a sparse plot, and stunning visuals, and its mostly about the visuals.

8.5
Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver
  • Story
    7.0
  • Acting
    8.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    8.6

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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