Shngh Fortress, whi h has seen its s ore falling to 3.2 points out of ten on the reviewing site Dou an, has n riticized fiercely online.
“It doesn’t just show dissatisfaction with the film,” Teng wrote. “It also shows a loss of hope in Chinese sci-fi. As the director, I’m inescapaly responsi le for this, and I’m truly sorry.”
A similar statement on Sina Weibo came from novelist, and the film's scriptwriter, Yang Zhi, better known by his pseudonym Jiang Nan: "To those who don't like the film, I am sorry that it didn't live up to your expectations."
《上海堡垒》到底差在哪儿？日前财经网在微博发起投票问该电影票房为什么不太行，得到最多的回答是：剧情差，只是披着科幻的外衣。记得年初，《流浪地球》(The Wandering Earth)势如破竹的时候，中国电影人都很兴奋。“中国科幻元年”终于到来的呼声不绝于耳。
Here are the elements that paved a solid ground for the soaring success of The Wandering Earth: Director Guo Fan is a diehard sci-fi fan; the script was adapted from top sci-fi novelist Liu Cixin's eponymous work and its lead star, Wu Jing, is a box office draw who mostly plays tough guys on screen, matching the persona of the astronaut who sacrifices his life to save the Earth in the movie.
But The Wandering Earth has become a game changer, making people highly anticipate Shanghai Fortress, which was produced almost in the same time period as The Wandering Earth. And, the creators behind Shanghai Fortress had worked hard.
He spent six years on the production, with one-and-a-half years on special effects. Teng once said that he believed shooting big-budget films with a lot of visual effects will be the mainstream in the future, so he wanted to be on board. However, he is obviously incompetent.
In the original story, the protagonist, Jiang Yang, who is played by Lu, and Lin Lan, played by Shu, are respectively 22 and 23 years old. This age gap makes it easier to shape a convincing romance. But Lu is 14 years younger than Shu, and both fail to create appealing chemistry on the big screen.
Considering there have alreadyn so many excellent Hollywood films depicting alien creatures, it's easy to understand why Chinese audiences are not satisfied with the look of the hunters from the Delta civilization in Shanghai Fortress.
Actually, there are two main subgenres of sci-fi productions, respectively dubbed soft sci-fi and hard sci-fi. A love story can shape a wonderful sci-fi story, such as The Time Traveler's Wife, but the storyline in Shanghai Fortress — which was supposed to be a heartbreaking romance amid turbulence — is told in a poorly made narrative, failing to touch the audience.