Moonfall is everything you’d expect from a crazy disaster movie


Either director Roland Emmerich is excited about our existence on Earth and wants to remind everyone about it, or he hates humanity. Making disaster films seems to be his trademark, but now he’s boldly going to a place he hasn’t been in a long time: outer space. It is now the moon that threatens the earth and our existence in Moonfall. We were never able to catch up with German directors for lack of ambition.

We’re going to the moon
In 2011, a group of astronauts beyond Earth was performing maintenance on a satellite. For Brian (Patrick Wilson) and Jo (Halle Berry), it’s almost routine until some strange black mush appears and attacks them. Brian is the only one who remains conscious and returns the ship to Earth. But there, no one believed what he said, so he was blamed for what happened, which resulted in his dismissal and family problems. His relationship with Jo is also blurred because he doesn’t defend her.

10 years later, Brian is living alone and struggling to pay his bills. Jo, on the other hand, is the deputy director of NASA. The two have lost contact with each other until the megastructure KC Houseman (John Bradley) finds evidence that the moon has strayed from its path. In 3 weeks he will fall to Earth unless they can restore the moon’s orbit. The task finally fell into the lap of KC, Jo and Brian.

I am partial
I’m not making a secret of the fact that Moonfall is one of the films I’m most looking forward to this year. A good disaster film is always welcome, and a horror film with Patrick Wilson has been my go-to film of late. So the combination of the two was made for me. And like Greenland, I was pleasantly surprised, up to a point. It doesn’t depend on the players. Emmerich did take the time to set up the characters so that you still have empathy when they put everything at stake. But at the same time, the weapon factor is for me already part of the main cast he has put together.

My meager crush on Patrick Wilson puts me on the side of a bit, but he always exudes the kind of reliability you do need for your starring role. And I’m also a bit in love with Halle Berry: who doesn’t love to see her busy? They also fit well as a duo. John Bradley is known to most for his role as Sam Tarly on Game of Thrones, and in fact his role here is similar: an underdog who makes important discoveries but no one really listens. Despite the odd opinion of his character, he fulfills the role of “ordinary person” with gusto. There were also supporting roles for Charlie Plummer (All The Money In The World), Michael Peña (Ant-Man) and Donald Sutherland.

So I was this long until screenwriters Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen made choices that undermined the realism that had been achieved, and delivered a completely sci-fi story. For some, this will be the final straw for the rest of the film, and for others it will be a bit more of an escape. For me it makes the pleasant surprise a little less pleasant because in the meantime I have been sold by real science and it will be very out there at that point . Emmerich also tries to say something about the conspiracy theory, but the message is a bit confusing.

Master of disaster
The biggest surprise and biggest trap turned out to be the elaboration of the story. With films like this, you often have to reckon with the grotesque suspension of disbelief and booze being one of them. I’m also surprised how realistic Moonfall seems when it comes to science. (We’ll test this in a later article.) There are often dialogues with phenomena and calculations that I don’t understand, but I think that’s a plus. Again, you get versions of how humanity would react to disasters like these, and it’s often not pretty but not all doom & gloom. There’s always the cheese factor and I don’t think that’s an exaggeration here. There’s often something to laugh about, which I’ve always hoped for in a disaster movie. Of course you shouldn’t ask too much in other areas or serious plot holes will appear.

Therefore, it is best not to watch with the expectation that this is the most serious film ever. If you do, the main thing that sticks in your mind is that no one makes a disaster film like Roland Emmerich. Moonfall is truly a film made for theaters. There are some memorable scenes where I spontaneously say “damn” like when a rocket tries to take off during a gravitational wave. VFX is often impressive, but it explainsg end sometimes you get the feeling of the game because so much is computer generated. But that’s also not a bad thing for everyone. In the end, the story is still interesting enough to see where it goes, and in the meantime you’re also busy with the impressive visuals. So I’m not disappointed at all.