Title – Moonfall (2022)
Director – Roland Emmerich (Independence Day)
Cast – Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Pena, Donald Sutherland
Plot – With the Moon knocked off its orbit and headed towards Earth, a group of brave souls head to space to save mankind before it’s to late.
“This planet has suffered five extinctions. This is going to be the sixth”
Review by Eddie on 04/02/2022
It may seem far too early in the year to be claiming such things but it’s going to take something truly special (seriously random) for my personal favorite final scene of the year to be anything but Moonfall’s need to be seen effort.
Without dwelling on that for any longer or entering in spoiler territory overload, it’s onto the important matter at hand of exploring Roland Emmerich’s latest city/landmark destroying blockbuster.
To describe Moonfall as ludicrous, preposterous and utterly bonkers would be underselling just how out there Emmerich’s big, dumb and even sometimes fun new film is, as while you may be expecting a typical astronauts and the government save the world from a hurtling towards the Earth Moon type of film, Moonfall goes to many an unexpected place that must surely make it a genuine contender for what will be one of 2022’s most bizarre blockbusters.
A director who has well and truly given up being anything his not, Emmerich’s latest effort is very much cut from the same cloth as his most renowned blockbusters such as Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 and for anyone expecting any type of nuance to be present in Moonfall you’re heading for a rude shock, as the films daft script, B-grade worthy performances and pointless/ridiculous plot points and characters litter almost every scene of the films two hour plus runtime.
Thankfully it appears as though Emmerich and his cast that includes the paycheck collecting duo of Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson as NASA employees Jocinda Fowl and Brian Harper, Game of Thrones John Bradley as wannabe doctor and mathematician wizz KC Houseman and a few why even bother appearances from Michael Pena and Donald Sutherland all were on the same page with Moonfall’s insane premise, meaning that there is fun to be had from watching Catwoman, Ed Warren and Samwell Tarley head to the moon to save humankind, especially as the films unexpected late acts take hold.
If you as a viewer fail to get on the same wavelength as the film from the early stages its likely Emmerich’s unrefined, loud and CGI infested event will quickly become a film that is hard too sit through, as there’s little reason to recommend this film in such a content heavy time for films of all shapes and sizes but there’s an argument to be made that these type of daft but knowingly so films have a time and place in our marketplace, despite there being no reason for it to exist outside of mindless entertainment.
Final Say –
One of Roland Emmerich’s most out there carnage-filled blockbusters yet, full of cringe and head scratching moments, Moonfall is even more crazy than one might’ve been ready for but provides the exact type of experience one would expect from a filmmaker that has long since passed the time where he tried to be anything that his not.
2 Fuzz Aldrin’s out of 5
Sounds hilarious –even sillier than I expected
Far sillier than I would’ve ever dreamed!
Looks like I’ll be buying the 4K disc of this one then if its THAT bonkers.
If you like them big and very dumb mate, this one is for you!
It confirms that Emmerich appetite for destruction is still active. That’s good news. I’m so nervous those days, I always need to break something. Think I’m going as soon as possible. 😁
I think Emmerich’s keenness for carnage is as strong as ever. This is very big, dumb and sometimes fun, I found it the perfectly bad b movie that could’ve been a lot better but has a few little wins.
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This really is one of the ‘big and dumb’ fun movies to watch on the big screen.
I think i enjoyed it a lot more than Don’t Look Up.
I think they cut the quote that Donald says in the trailer. “This planet has suffered five extinctions. This is going to be the sixth” … I just saw the movie yesterday, and I was waiting for that dialogue, and unless I missed it, it was cut from the movie. Just like the words “Screw the moon” on the shuttle are F the moon in the movie (I believe)