Friday, February 4, 2022

Moonfall Movie Review

John Bradley, Patrick Wilson & Halle Berry (r) star in Moonfall

The NASA Rabbit Hole

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: 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. Directed by Roland Emmerich.

Starring: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, and Donald Sutherland.

What's Good: Despite some serious holes in the science, Moonfall still manages to entertain and enthrall at times. Berry and Wilson are fun to watch, and even Bradley has a few cute moments, despite way too much on-screen time. But who's kidding who? Nobody watches a Roland Emmerich film for the story per se (more on that below.) The special effects are pretty good, especially in outer space. As for the inevitable carnage back on Earth... been there, seen that.

What's Not: It's hard to get past the writing (or lack thereof.) Emmerich teams with Spenser Cohen and Harald Kloser in what amounts to a three-way race for who can come up with the dumbest ideas. Sending the entire NASA staff home, minutes before a last-ditch Space Shuttle launch (minus an engine, no less?) Or even better, an hour plus of needless backstory involving Charlie Plummer and a host of nobodies Hell-bent on escaping to (insert ludicrous location here.) No thanks. On a lighter note, kudos for "Fuzz Aldrin!" Any cat lover/owner will heartily approve.

Budget: $146 million

Runtime: 124 minutes

Target Audience: Armageddon. Independence Day. Ring a bell? 

Bottom Line: And you thought the ending to Interstellar was confusing. Moonfall's conclusion is equal parts laughable and maddening, but (as with the story) moviegoers probably aren't going to care. The action sequences are cool, and Berry/Wilson manage to make you care (at least a little bit.) It's demonstrably better on IMAX, so make sure to splurge a few extra bucks to maximize the "effect." Summer comes early (for some.)