Film Review: The Moon Drops In

The Science Behind 'Moonfall'

Moonfall is a science fiction disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich. Emmerich also co-wrote the script with Harold Kloser and Spenser Cohen. Halle Berry leads a cast which includes Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Pena, and Donald Sutherland.

A space mission goes disastrously wrong some years ago, and NASA fires an astronaut who had reported some type of alien swarm had claimed the life of a friend and colleague. Anyway, he gets called in by a friend who happens to be deputy director of NASA when it is noticed that the moon is slipping out out of orbit. There is an eccentric scientist who gets pulled into the effort to save the world. It seems there is alien technology and a rogue AI behind the apocalyptic forecast. Anyway, people are running for their lives, and a small band of heroes cobble together a mission to check out the origins of this phenomenon.

Emmerich is the dude behind Independence Day, so we get to see some of his old tricks there. There are family members of the main characters trying to make their escape. The problem here is that the main story is somewhat nonsensical and has a cobbled together feel. The actors do their best, but the dialogue doesn’t help much here. The visual effects are quite good, but that seems almost given. There also seems to be lack of a punch in what is supposed to be the pulling of the heartstrings moments.

The experience manages to not be a compete disaster, but it’s a very bumpy ride to try to be satisfied with the time spent.

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