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This movie was released in the United States on February 4, 2022.
The movie had an overall estimated budget of $150 million and grossed around $25 million.
After theaters you should be able to purchase this movie on platforms like: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
No matter how tough the last few years were, Hollywood movies are fast to remind us that everything could have been much worse. In “Moonfall“, humanity is on the verge of complete extinction for a very unpredictable reason: the traitorous Moon suddenly falls out of orbit and is about to drop onto the Earth. People panic and hide in vain from meteor showers and tsunamis – but no one knows how to prevent the catastrophe.
By an incomprehensible coincidence, three unalike heroes are sent for dubious “negotiations” with a raging satellite: an astronaut Brian (Patrick Wilson) who got falsely accused of a death of a crewmate, and fired because of it, Joe (Halle Berry), a former astronaut and now serving NASA Deputy Director, and eccentric K. C. Houseman (John Bradley), a wannabe scientist and conspiracy theorist who’s convinced that the Moon is an artificial structure created by (drumroll) aliens!
Roland Emmerich made a lot of movies, but primarily he is known as the creator of disaster epics: “Independence Day“, “The Day After Tomorrow“, “2012“. His last work “Independence Day: Resurgence“, was released back in 2016 – therefore, it’s time to destroy the Earth…again! You have to be in agreement with yourself: if you want to watch a big-budget disaster movie with a whacky plot, you will get exactly what you expect with “Moonfall”.
Although hints of the involvement of some evil cosmic forces were already in the trailer, it is important to indicate that “Moonfall” is probably the most ridiculous movie in the director’s filmography.
It begins as a pretentious story about a heroic deed of astronauts, almost like “Armageddon”. However, as soon as the heroes finally go into space, everything that happens on the screen rapidly moves into the camp of self-parody pseudo-blockbusters like “Sharknado” (yes, like sharks plus tornado, and yes, this movie exists).
If you take a step back from the eternal threats to the tranquility of our planet, “Moonfall” is a kind of an ode to all the geeks and dreamers who will be noticed one day. Emmerich glorifies people who are in love with their work in every movie he directed. Where corporations, government, and sophisticated scientists miss red flags about something essential, Emmerich’s dreamers never cease to believe assumptions and invent new patterns of the universe.
The movie is divided into two approximately equal parts.
No questions are raised about things happening on Earth: gravitational tsunamis and snowstorms, earthquakes and floods, long-haul trucks flying in different directions and crumbling water towers, and other victims-and-destruction scenarios follow the structure of the classic disaster movie.
Scenes look insane, impossible, without excessive naturalism, and most importantly, it is a perfect spectacle for IMAX screens.
The second part that happens in space is less impressive. If Emmerich wanted to give the audience something that they have never seen before in this act, well, I have to admit the movie has nothing new to offer, you have probably seen this part of the movie somewhere else. The heroes fly into labyrinths of the lunar womb as Luke Skywalker did inside the Death Star. It comes to no surprise that the movie picks its ideas from the most obvious sci-fi fragments of the classic experiments of Kubrick, Villeneuve, and Wachowski.
But no one proposes to take seriously the offered concept of the structure of the Moon: Emmerich is not Nolan, science is not needed here. Despite the absurdity of the main threat itself (I won’t even try to describe this), the movie has its own working internal logic: each new attempt to control the gravity gradually caused my inner child to clap in excitement.
This naivete casts aside any skepticism. Emmerich seems to still be living in 1995, and I envy him in a good way. The same patriotic values and family problems, the same altruism and the same jokes: no real-life pandemic, but an end-of-the-world fantasy – so far-fetched that it is impossible to believe that the Earth may indeed face an apocalyptic end one day.
In the end, I would give this remake 2.5 out of 4 stars!
In the end, Roland Emmerich almost openly admits: yes, I’ve made something completely absurd, but that’s the way I wanted it to be. I just hope this recognition will occur early for a moviegoer, or else one might have a chance to earn a headache, trying to rationalize and comprehend everything that is shown on the big screen. And I have to admit for myself that there’s something about today that makes Emmerich’s movies affectionately nostalgic and makes you miss the good old the end of the world.
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