About the movie Moonfall
Moonfall is an upcoming American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Harald Kloser, Spenser Cohen and Liam O’Donnell. It stars Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Halle Berry, Peng Liyuan and Gemma Chan.
Moonfall follows a group of astronauts as they attempt to save the Moon from a mysterious force that caused it to suddenly break out of orbit and head on a collision course with Earth.
The film is scheduled to be released on February 4, 2022, by Universal Pictures.
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“Moonfall” is the latest chapter in Roland Emmerich’s tireless world-destroying crusade. But this time, his heart was not in it. The German nihilist blockbuster, who hates conspiracy theories that he doesn’t know where he’ll find them all, has become a “master of disaster” with films like ” Independence Day” and his own global warming epic, “The Day After Tomorrow.” However, while Emmerich’s movie “2012” is brimming with enthusiasm for turning a worldwide disaster into a roller coaster ride with two kids in the backseat, here we have ” Moonfall,” proves that a boring apocalypse movie is worse than one that is obsessed with how we’re all going.
If the moon were to drift out of its orbit and crash into the planet, “Moonfall” depicts the terror that would follow. Before that big jolt, Earth’s gravity would gradually become woolly, but the moon would shed debris as it approached. Emmerich adds a “Transformers”-like edge to his goofy science about why this is happening, but it’s accompanied by a bland imagination and execution. Don’t be misled, this film is far more significant as a contrast to Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia,” about a planet the size of Earth colliding with our world.
The government of the United States decides to nuke the moon. However, something strange is afoot on the moon—something sinister is going on within it—and it’s up to three intelligent individuals to prevent the moon from destroying Earth, including a disgraced astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), an fearless head of NASA and Brian’s fellow astronaut partner Jocinda Fowl (Halle Berry), and a conspiracy theorist named KC (John Bradley) who has long regarded that the moon was a megastructure. The movie then cuts to inside the cabin of a Chinese Soyuz spaceship, where we learn that NASA has no idea what the Americans are up to. The crew is supposed on board but doesn’t follow soon after. They’re already in space, and they haven’t completed their mission yet? I’m not sure if this makes sense or not. But maybe it’s all because of you… The shuttle takes off with no one on the ground, and it doesn’t feel triumphal so much as the film trying to minimize its cast numbers.
All three of our heroes have personal ties that are no more interesting on the ground than ho-hum drama: there’s Brian and his cantankerous son Sonny (Charlie Plummer), along with his ex-wife and her two kids; Jocinda and her kid, as well as her ex-husband and the foreign exchange student she employs to watch her child.
“Moonfall” is a lumbering, long train of clichés strung together, making time pass slowly even though there is so much juggling of these different one-dimensional relationships. The human stories are superfluous in and of themselves rather than involving the audience, which is communicated in the drama of their characters. In order for a stepfather and angsty adolescent to become reestablished midway through the film: “I don’t hate you.” “You know what? I’ll take it.”
“Moonfall” is plagued by several more deliberately trimmed corners, which suggests that the film’s budget could only accommodate so much devastation (his previous film, “Midway,” was more successful at looking less fake with comparable structures). It’s quite clear that the movie’s version of Colorado is a sound stage with just one little snowy road for many scenes; you may see how cramped the actors are, and especially hear Charlie Plummer’s line-reading. Danny Emmerich’s latest film, “Moonfall,” is distinguished by its use of smaller resources than his previous blockbusters. The enormous effort of the visual effects teams in this disaster movie constantly seems restricted by its obvious reliance on green screens, and it appears to be running out of steam before it reaches the finish line. Danny Emmerich’s blockbuster ambition has come full circle: he might have inspired hundreds of direct-to-video catastrophe flicks with titles like “2012: Doomsday,” but now he’s produced one that’s just as visually trashy and uninspired to be better.
Emmerich’s humanity may be seen in who gives the spirited performances and who does not. KC is the only one to get the exclamation points, shouting about how the moon is a megastructure before his amazement at being proven correct. But everyone else specializes in periods when their expertise is an exclamation point: you’ve never heard someone say, “Oh shit, the moon is rising,” until you’ve seen “Moonfall.” Emmerich has gotten weary of humanity. Wilson and Berry can’t even sell what little drama there is in the narrative. Even firm allies such as Wilson and Berry are unable to do so.
At least we have the crackpot stuff, which demonstrates Emmerich really showcasing his wackier talents in the third act with a tale that’s worthy of its own History Channel series. It’s what you’ve earned if you spend time and money on “Moonfall.” And it’s clear that Emmerich finds this self-assignment to be extremely important, since he treats it with great seriousness and dedication, putting an end to mankind as we know it in the process. It may be amusing for people who enjoy it when filmmakers expose their wildest desires through large film celebrities and zeroes and ones. “Moonfall” is a wash in terms of entertainment; it’s not even a fun-dumb movie about the end of the world.
Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Spenser Cohen
Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, Wenwen Yu
Movie Rating: 2.6/5