Moonfall is the latest from the Master of Disaster, Roland Emmerich. I find he is very hit and miss. I do like some of his movies, like Independence Day, Godzilla(1998), Universal Soldier, Stargate, even The Day After Tomorrow and 2012.
I mean, they aren’t great movies at all, but they are fun and I like the journey the characters take through them. They are bloody stupid and they have plot holes bigger than “your mom”, but they are entertaining.
I hadn’t really seen the trailers for Moonfall, so all I knew was that it was about the moon crashing into the earth. I was happy to give it a try and here is my review.
Let The Moonfall
It stars Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Pena, Wenwen Yu, and Donald Sutherland in just one scene. It was directed by Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen.
I like the cast. They are all good and always turn in a pretty good performance. Here, though, the expression “phoning it in” kept springing to mind. No one is stretched or pushing the boundaries of their art. They are just doing a job.
I felt most sorry for Pena. I love that guy, but here he seems wasted as a rich step-father and that’s about it. I mean, I don’t want him to do his monologue like in Ant-man every time, but here he was the worst of the casting.
I didn’t know how they could do a movie about the moon crashing into the Earth without the ending just being total global destruction. So there had to be a catch. The catch is that the moon was built by humans millions of years ago and it has an inner mega structure and an “engine” that drives it.
The opening of the movie has Wilson, Berry, and some other extra in space fixing a space shuttle. They are attacked by something. Guess which one dies? The spare guy might as well have been wearing a red Star Trek uniform.
When they get back, minus the spare, Berry didn’t see anything and Wilson gets the blame. He gets fired and basically gives up on everything. If only there was a way to redeem himself later?
We jump forward in time, to the present day and Berry is still working at NASA. Wilson is doing minor appearances and about to be evicted and Bradley is a genius who has to work as a janitor. This allows him to find out details about the moon, and he finds that the orbit is shrinking.
I won’t go into too much detail as the main story is a bloody stupid one, but also kind of fun. I mean, it’s not like you are going to over-think an Emmerich movie, right?
As always with his movies, it’s the little things. NASA sends up a shuttle to check out what going on with the moon, the shuttle is attacked by something which kills one crew member, then the next, then the next, then takes out the camera. Obviously, it does this to make sure all the ground crew can see what happened. So Emmerich!
Each of the characters has to have some kind of back story. Wilson has a son who gets arrested. He is then offered the chance to save the world, but he’ll only do it if he can get his son out of jail. You can’t make this stuff up.
The movie has the same basic physics as Fast & Furious 9. They have to launch another shuttle, so they literally get one out of a scrap yard and strap it to a rocket in the space of a day. If I had seen a car floating around in space in the background, being driven by two guys dressed as deep-sea divers, I wouldn’t have been surprised.
There is a lot more that goes on. When they get to the moon it is hollow and they fly around inside it. There we learn that the story is along the lines of Terminator/Matrix, which sounds as stupid as it is.
I didn’t really rate Moonfall. It is bad, but not bad enough to be good. If you like stupid then you might like it since it really is so bloody stupid, but I won’t be watching Moonfall again.