The moon in the disaster film “Moonfall” falls out of the orbit and begins spiraling toward Earth. The clock on mankind is ticking due to the environmental calamities. Scientists compute ellipses, while screenwriters prepare their exclamations.
Director Emmerich also directed “Independence Day,” a disastrous 2016 sequel, and “The Day After Tomorrow,” so he knows the drill. “Moonfall” shares DNA with all of them. Although “Armageddon” may be the most evident precursor. It is sufficient to say that it’s another film in which a team goes into space on an impossible quest to rescue the Earth.
The primary characters, predictably, bring their fair amount of baggage to the table. Astronauts Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) and Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) share an ill-fated space mission that destroys his career and his life.
Emmerich co-wrote the story with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, and to say the premise is complicated is an understatement. Donald Sutherland emerges in an unexpected spot at one point. He blurts out some useful information regarding a government cover-up. The next thing you know, he vanishes just as swiftly.
Aside from that, the group finds themselves confronting bizarre scenarios and clumsy speeches. This includes alternate storytelling between those in space, saving mankind and their families battling for their lives as all hell breaks.
Stranger Plot Than Stranger Things
In “Moonfall,” a lot of strange things happen. The camera, for example, is keeping a careful eye on Michelle, an exchange student and au pair who has practically nothing to say or do. However, her role in the climax comes out quite heroically. The justification of the act might differ from person to person.
She’s there mostly because she’s played by Kelly Yu, a Chinese-Canadian actor. Note that Chinese distributors provided a significant portion of the film’s funding. The camera scarcely looks at the Chrysler Building, which moved from Manhattan to the Colorado Rockies due to the moon’s gravity.
How come no one discovered that the moon is hollow until now, according to the movie?
And why are Jo, Brian, and K.C. taking a space shuttle to the lunar surface when the moon is so close and enormous? So close, that it appears to be hanging just a few miles behind a neighboring mountain.
These are questions for another time and another age.