Netflix has had a lot of projects in the fire lately, but this is the big one — their most ambitious offering of 2023, premiering nine days before the end of the year itself. It’s ridiculously expensive, carrying a price tag of $166 million for the production of two films (this is just Part One). We may be nearing the end of the age when streamers will spend Infinity Dollars on one project, but Rebel Moon is quite a loud way to go out. However, will it be good?
No one knows yet (though the Snyder Bros seem convinced). The story is that Zack Snyder wanted to make a Star Wars movie in his usual grim and gritty style, but Disney rejected his pitch, so he decided to just remove the copyrighted elements and produce it as something original. The big trailer for Part One was unveiled today and “a Snyder Cut of Star Wars” is exactly what comes to mind when you watch it.
Rebel Moon has: explosions, war zones, guys getting hit by other guys with loud “CRUNCH” sounds when their fists connect, and most crucially, a grim-faced action heroine straight out of Snyder’s own “Sucker Punch” who takes gigantic leaps in slow motion from large ledges. As the name implies, she’s on a mission to free the moon where she lives from space-fascist oppression, but the movement she starts grows larger, and she’s soon the face of a galactic revolution — and the most wanted woman in the universe.
Rebel Moon stars Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) as the heroine (no one actually knows her name yet, and maybe she doesn’t have one), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Djimon Hounsou (Shazam!), and the voice of Anthony Hopkins as a robot. Will it live up to the hype and be the thrill ride it wants to be, or is it another Rings of Power-type bloated disappointment? We find out this Christmas.