Moonfall

2022, Sci-fi/Action, 2h 10m

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Whether Moonfall is so bad it's good or simply bad will depend on your tolerance for B-movie cheese -- but either way, this is an Emmerich disaster thriller through and through. Read critic reviews

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As long as you don't put too much thought into the plot, Moonfall is a fun sci-fi disaster movie. Read audience reviews

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In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all -- but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, "Midway") and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, "Game of Thrones") believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.

Cast & Crew

Halle Berry
Jocinda Fowler
Patrick Wilson
Brian Harper
John Bradley
KC Houseman
Charlie Plummer
Sonny Harper
Kelly Yu
Michelle
Eme Ikwuakor
Doug Davidson
Maxim Roy
Captain Gabriella Auclair
Stephen Bogaert
NASA Director Albert Hutchings
Azriel Dalman
Sonny Child
Ava Weiss
Nikki Lopez
Hazel Nugent
Lauren Lopez
Roland Emmerich
Screenwriter
Harald Kloser
Screenwriter
Spenser Cohen
Screenwriter
Alastair Burlingham
Executive Producer
Spenser Cohen
Executive Producer
Ute Emmerich
Executive Producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz
Executive Producer
Robby Baumgartner
Cinematographer
Adam Wolfe
Film Editing
Thomas Wander
Original Music
Harald Kloser
Original Music
Kirk M. Petruccelli
Production Design
Vincent Aird
Art Director
Suzanne Cloutier
Set Decoration
Mario Davignon
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  • Jun 14, 2022
    Sort of a greatest hits collection from Emmerich (The movie is filled with repeated beats and characters from his previous movies, i.e. the crackpot who was right the whole time, the gleeful destruction of cities, etc.) but the problem is that it kind of runs out of steam at the exact point it should get more exciting.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2022
    When you get past the typical disaster movie cliches, some mediocre writing, and some major suspension of disbeliefs, you're left with a fun scifi story punctuated by exciting adventure sequences.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2022
    Moonfall looks like the big, schlocky sci-fi disaster movie that Judd Apatow would be satirizing with The Bubble. It's a Roland Emmerich disaster movie where he does exactly what Roland Emmerich does best: expansive scenes of cataclysmic destruction on the biggest scale possible. It was believed by industry watchers that Moonfall would be the kind of epic that people would go back to the movies to experience, watching the scale of destruction on the biggest screen and cheering along. It didn't work out that way and Moonfall reportedly will lose over a hundred million dollars for its investors. It seemed like a smart bet as disaster movies have performed well for Emmerich, like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. In times of struggle, human beings enjoy fantasies about surviving fantastic odds, or at least that was the established way of thinking. After two years of life during COVID-19, maybe our idea of sci-fi escapism isn't quite what it used to be. I watched Moonfall with general indifference. It felt like a mediocre hodgepodge of other Emmerich disaster movies and veered into campy nonsense at many points. It's the kind of movie that demands you shut off your brain and just go along with the scientific gobbledygook, especially once the moon begins making Earth's gravity go all haywire. At that point the movie becomes an inconsistent video game with its liberal use of physics. It doesn't seem like it matters, but watching characters do Super Mario Brother-level jumps has a fun appeal as well as being impossibly goofy. One character says, "The moon can't do these things," and another character waves away that pertinent thought and says, almost directly to the audience, "Yeah, but this isn't a normal moon, so forget everything." The special effects are also quite hit or miss. Plenty of the larger effects are quite awe-inspiring and suitably terrifying in depicting an awesome reality, and then others look like they didn't quite have enough money when it came time to render. Some of the CGI reminded me of moments from 2008's Torque, where the high-speed backgrounds resembled badly composited video game texture blurs. If your movie is going to exist primarily in a junk food realm, then you need to either have as minimal distractions as possible to rip you from the believability of this world, or you simply need to veer into it and accept that the instability and chaos will be part of the general appeal. Provide the goods, and Moonfall just doesn't. The movie also takes an inordinate amount of time to get back to space after a prologue, almost halfway through its two hours. This first half stalls with setting up so many characters to follow that you simply won't care about. I didn't care what happened to anyone back on Earth. When the rednecks found our party (again!) in a petty car chase, I literally laughed out loud. The alien/moon mythology is also convoluted and vague enough to simply apply a good versus evil designation for technology, and the big sacrifice doesn't feel so big when you find that character to be annoying for the duration of their grating screen time. It's another movie tipping you off about a possible linked sequel and one that appears more appetizing than the film we just witnessed (just like Emmerich's 2016 Independence Day sequel). In short, Moonfall is a bit of a mess, a mess I can imagine others enjoying and laughing with, but definitely one of the lower outputs in Emmerich's long career of destroying global landmarks and formerly pristine vistas. I found Moonfall and The Bubble to both be poor examples of what Hollywood thinks audiences will desire as escapism in the wake of COVID-19 disrupting routines and lives. Each of the movies is disappointing because it doesn't fulfill what it promises. The Bubble has a bunch of combustible characters in a combustible scenario and squanders its time with weak satirical gags and lazy characterization. Moonfall wants to be the big, fun epic of Emmerich's past, but it takes its sweet indulgent time with uninteresting characters, convoluted and underwritten lore, and a plot that would have been more entertaining had it better embraced the absurdity of its implications. You may likely have an enjoyable time watching either movie, and they're almost the same length too, but I found both to be middling examples of Hollywood's attempt to try and give the people what they think they want and missing the entertainment mark. Nate's Grade: C+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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