Rebel Moon Part Two: The Scargiver sees Zack Snyder doubling down on his epic sci-fi fantasy saga, building on the groundwork laid in the first instalment with rather mixed results. While this second outing is a slight improvement on its predecessor, it still struggles to find its footing in a cluttered galaxy of derivative tropes, pseudo scientific claptrap and overstuffed plot-lines.

Following the events of Part One,  we find ourselves once again thrust into the midst of intergalactic conflict as Kora (Sofia Boutella) and her ragtag band of resistance fighters return to the humble farming moon of Veldt to face off against the sinister Imperium forces led by the sinewy villain Noble (a hilariously villainous Ed Skrein stealing just about every scene he’s in). What ensues is a relentless battle for survival as the fate of Veldt and its people hangs in the balance.

One of the film’s strengths lies in its single-planet setting, which allows for a more focused, if a little tiresome, narrative and a deeper exploration of the characters and their motivations. However, this newfound focus is often undermined by the film’s sluggish pacing and meandering storyline, particularly in the first half, which spends an incomprehensibly huge amount of time on farming and backstory exposition.

Despite these pacing issues, Snyder’s signature visual flair is on full display, with stunning cinematography and breath-taking action sequences that showcase his penchant for spectacle. From gravity-defying combat to sprawling battlefield skirmishes, The Scargiver delivers plenty of impressive action set pieces that are sure to please Snyder diehards. 

Unfortunately, the film’s impressive visuals are often let down by its lacklustre character development and a premise that feels almost laughably outlandish.  While Boutella delivers a strong performance as the fierce and determined Kora, many of the supporting characters feel underutilised and one-dimensional, with their backstories reduced to mere exposition dumps.

Moreover, the film’s penchant for blustering action often comes at the expense of emotional depth, leaving little room for genuine moments of connection or introspection. Despite the best efforts of the talented cast, including Djimon Hounsou and Doona Bae, the characters never quite transcend their archetypal trappings, leaving viewers yearning for more meaningful engagement. In short, Star Wars, this ain’t, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it more than the first film.

Rebel Moon Part Two: The Scargiver
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Linda Marric
Linda Marric is a senior film critic and the newly appointed Reviews Editor for HeyUGuys. She has written extensively about film and TV over the last decade. After graduating with a degree in Film Studies from King's College London, she has worked in post-production on a number of film projects and other film related roles. She has a huge passion for intelligent Scifi movies and is never put off by the prospect of a romantic comedy. Favourite movie: Brazil.
rebel-moon-part-two-the-scargiver-reviewWhile an improvement on Part One, a feisty cast and genuinely impressive action scenes don't make up for the emotional void at the heart of the film. Snyder's fans will eat it up, everyone else will be left wanting something more substantial.