The Master Of Disaster, Irwin Allen reborn, is director Roland Emmerich. If it can be blown up, crushed, or made to fall into a giant crater in CGI then the man has done it. From Independence Day to 2012, you know exactly what you are going to get with his movies.
In 2012 he made the whole of California fall into the sea. Then he dumped an alien spaceship that spanned the Atlantic on the planet in Independence Day: Resurgence. Next up, he’s throwing the whole moon at us in one of the most expensive independent movies ever made – Moonfall.
Moonfall is out this week, so he is out doing press. He did an interview with Den of Geek when the fact that this is one of the few massive movies coming out that isn’t a sequel, a reboot, or based on an existing property. He had plenty to say about the current state of cinema:
“Because naturally, Marvel and DC Comics, and ‘Star Wars,’ have pretty much taken over. It’s ruining our industry a little bit because nobody does anything original anymore.
You should make bold new movies. And I think Christopher Nolan is the master of that. He is someone who can make movies about whatever he wants. I have it a little bit harder, but I still have a big enough name – especially when it’s a disaster [movie] or has some sort of disaster theme.”
Emmerich also talked about why he never felt drawn to superheroes, especially as they were not part of his youth growing up in Germany:
“There were [‘The Adventures of Tintin’ comics], but they were very childish, and there were no superheroes. So that’s why at the very beginning, superheroes didn’t work in Germany. They needed 10 or 15 years [of movies] to get to the same level as the rest of the world…. But I just have never found any interest in that kind of movie.”
And there was us thinking they never caught on in Germany because the idea of genetically superior beings in smart uniforms was a bit, you know, sinister over there?
Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson star in Moonfall, opening today. We know what to expect. It will be dumb as a bag of rocks but it will look spectacular, you will laugh out loud a couple of times and you will have a good time.