“Rebel Moon” was directed & co-written by Zack Synder & was released exclusively on Netflix on December 21, 2023. It stars Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hannum, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Skrein, Ray Fisher & Anthony Hopkins. This story is the first film in a 2-part film series, the second film is set to be released on Netflix in April of 2024.

On the farming planet of Veldt, the local village is attacked by a small military convoy led by Admiral Noble (Skrein), a ruthless soldier who serves the Motherworld. The survivors are forced to serve the convoy until further notice. One the villagers is Kora, (Boutella), a former military officer who went into exile after the Motherworld was taken over by the current regime. Kora takes down the soldiers and comes up with a plan to recruit a small group of soldiers & mercenaries to take down the new regime running the Motherworld.

This film was originally pitched to Disney shortly after they bought LucasFilm from George Lucas. Disney’s plan was to make it a video game series, but they never moved forward with it. It was also pitched to Warner Bros. before Synder came to terms with Netflix after the fallout between Warner Bros. and Synder following the failure of 2017’s “Justice League” & the critical success of the “Synder Cut” on HBO Max. The film was great looking but had a very generic & bland storyline. The action sequences are good, performances are solid, but the storyline has a lot of earmarks to obviously “Star Wars” but also “Conan the Destroyer”, “Unforgiven” & “Gangster Squad”. Ed Skrein plays a great villain and Sofia Boutella really gives a solid performance as the lead heroine. She had done some other action films such as “The Mummy”, “Kingsman: Secret Service” & “Atomic Blonde” and has proved she has the physical ability to be in this type of environment. This movie is basically a run of the mill Zack Synder movie. Not his best but not the worst either.

After the film hit Netflix, the sequel is scheduled for an April 2024 release. An extended cut of this film will be released as well in early 2024. This film became known as “Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire” and the sequel is “Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver”. Zack Synder has stated that he planned for more films following the release of the sequel. His intentions thus far are a trilogy following another sequel for a total of 4 films all together.