Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay by: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Spenser Cohen
Starring: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, Michael Peña, Carolina Bartczak and Donald Sutherland
Tagline: Earth… We have a problem.
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
When the moon mysteriously goes out of orbit and takes a path to destroy Earth, it is up to Jocinda Fowler (Berry), Acting NASA director, Brian Harper (Wilson), a disgraced former astronaut, and KC Houseman (Bradley) a nerd-genius who was first to discover the problem, to save the day.
Moonfall is a throwback to disaster movies of the 70s. Movies like The Towering Inferno, and Earthquake, but with a Roland Emmerich sensibility. So instead of a building full of people or the population of a large city, Emmerich puts the entire planet at risk. Moonfall gets a lot of mileage from the likeability of Bradley’s character and the special effects.
The movie begins with characters that are hard to like (except for KC Houseman). Jocinda Fowler doesn’t provide strong support for Harper in a NASA investigation. Harper comes off as a uninvolved parent who creates more problems for his troubled son. Michael Peña plays Harper’s son’s stepdad and even he comes off in a bad light. Of course everyone will have a character arc that shows their growth and that they really are good people.
For me, Moonfall‘s biggest problem is the backstory on why the moon went out of orbit. It’s like someone said we need a reason to get these three unlikely heroes into space and someone yelled, “I’ve got it. Moonfall will be Armageddon meets Terminator meets The Matrix Reloaded.” If you’re a fan of disaster movies, special effects and aren’t overly concerned about logic or real life physics, then Moonfall might be what you’re looking for.
Moonfall earns 2 of 5 stars.