It’s been a while since disaster master Roland Emmerich’s 18th feature film (Independence Day, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Day After Tomorrow), 2012, “Godzilla,” explains the name in such detail in the title. “Godzilla”). etc.).
This action epic has a much worse plot, rather than a satirical metaphor for climate change like Adam McKay’s recent comedy Don’t Look Up.
This isn’t a heartfelt drama about planetary impact as a metaphor for clinical depression, like in Lars von Trier’s 2011 feature film Melancholia. It’s a simple, simple, and gloriously stupid movie about a big rock that suddenly (and in most movies) falls from the sky.
As a longtime fan of giant, grotesque disaster movies with lots of character backstory like your adventures of Poseidon, your twisters, titanic, and perhaps the world’s biggest fan of Emmerich’s 2012 (2009),
I naturally tend to enjoy Moonfall. There is this. , and I did, though perhaps not as delighted as 2012’s fervent conspiracy theories and lovingly preserved world treasures.
(The scene where the two protagonists devise a survival strategy in the foreground and a pair of giraffes in the background are put on an ark remains the touchstone.) But I don’t tend to write traditional reviews.
The best movie to watch in real time, its ridiculous moments are crumbling down on the audience like countless lunar topsoil lumps
. So, the best lines of a Moonfall dialogue that contain the word “moon” (or the cognate term “Earth” in one major case) in the order in which they appear in the film have enough context to establish who is speaking to whom this At some point in history.
Note: If you connect the dots carefully enough here, you can find details later showing the twisted plot. But the biggest spoiler is actually in the title. The moon is falling.
[Read: Moonfall Fact check: Could the moon really fall?]
• “A city-sized piece of the moon will rain.” — An unnamed NASA junior scientist nervously explains to chief executive Jocinda “Joe” Fowler (Halle Berry) that the moon is in the process of getting out of orbit and colliding with Earth in an inexplicable way.
• “I have a lot of problems” – Joe’s former colleague Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), the infamous astronaut. Brian swears it was alien nanotechnology, not a human error, that killed another astronaut in his watch during a flight to the moon in 2011.
“And isn’t the moon falling to the ground one of them?” — Joe Fowler, looking for his comeback.
• “Fuck the Moon” – Faded graffiti on the exterior of a rusty, disused space shuttle Endeavor that Joe and Brian are recovering from a warehouse for Improv Operation Hail Mary.
• “I hope the moon will hold out. At least for a while.” Joe Fowler encapsulates the literally insane situation in front of an audience full of space giants, including a secretly cowardly NASA head. Also, Joe’s senior official, ex-husband (Eme Ikwuakor), may be sympathetic to the well-intentioned but erroneous Pentagon plan to use nuclear weapons on the moon.
• “[Warlords] are ready to use all their might to stop the Moon.” Joe Fowler informs his fellow bandits that his daring plan to get to the moon and destroy an alien base there is his only chance of survival on Earth.
• “Does he… mean inside the moon?” – Freelance astronomer and local conspiracy theorist is driving KC Houseman (John Bradley, famous for Game of Thrones) crazy after confirming his theory that Earth’s only moon is actually a hollow “giant structure” built by ancient aliens. As is common in the Emmerichverse, it’s the person with the most outrageous conspiracy theories (a historical fraud so entrenched as Maya calendar predictions come true or Shakespeare’s authors confuse) who ends up high-fives. , “I told you” is correct. He will be the third astronaut to participate in Joe and Brian’s lunar exploration.
• “Are we dead?” “No, we are only in the moon.” The exchange between excited KC and reassured Jo as Neo finds himself in an all-white space not unlike where Neo first meets Morpheus in The Matrix.
• “Damn, the moon is up! Gravity will drive you crazy.” Brian’s son (Charlie Plummer), a man released for drunk driving but overall good, escapes to the highlands with a pretty Chinese exchange student (Kelly Yu) charged with getting young baby Joe to safety. They, falling moon plates, cut peaks from mountain peaks, 100-foot waves engulfing the world’s coastlines and turning the Manhattan skyline into wet rubble (and not the last, of course, in Roland Emmerich’s film). A lot of it will rain on us. There will be radiation,” said casual ex-soldier Joe, detailing the outcome of a suboptimal plan to launch a lunar bomb. Viewers expect Joe and Lunar Nuker to reunite begins to feel early:
• “Brian! Brian Harper! Calls KC while searching for a missing colleague (now a trusted friend) in the mad room of the Matrix’s lunar room.
“How many Bryans do you think are on the moon?” Even under stressful situations, Joe once again counters KC and tramples KC.
• “Who the hell are you?” — Brian in a holographic image of his son as a young child who confronts him in the void.
“Your moon’s operating system.” “Children’s holograms to Brian wisely.
• “The moon must survive. Everything depends on it.” Brian turns to Joe and K.C., shocked when his revelations are revealed between his cracks.
• “Brian, what are your plans?” — Joe is preparing his final action sequence involving tricking the AI. The Swarm robot redirects the moon to her.