review by Bobby Blakey
Throughout his career director Roland Emmerich has become master of sci-fi and disaster films including Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Now is heading back to the big screen with his latest film Moonfall starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak, Donald Sutherland, and Michael Peña. Could this return to the genre be worth the mission to the moon or will it fail to make it into orbit?
Moonfall follows a mysterious force that 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 is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman believes 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.
After delays and tons of trailers this film finally hit the big screen. Everything about this movie screamed needing to be seen on the biggest screen possible, but sadly I never was able to. Despite mixed reviews I was still eager to see the film and the end result was pretty fun even with its issues. The story is a bit clunky throughout with some scenes feeling like they were missing something or cut too soon as it tried to quickly get to the action and others just kind of cheesy.
A lot of the story is familiar with hints of Independence Day almost exactly which isn’t a bad thing, but hoped for something a bit more fresh and
original given the idea it was pushing. That being said I dug the direction of it on the sci-fi side of it and really think there is so much they could build on had it done better. I know there was plans to do two more films had this one performed well and the final sequence is a cliffhanger to more that sadly doesn’t seem like we will get.
The effects are great most of the time with a couple of sequences that look out of place or fake. At the same time there are plenty of great visuals that are a blast to watch and really go all in to bring this sci-fi story to life. These moments are fun, but also kind of the issue with some of the film as it seemed like it was more concerned to get to the action and disaster spectacle than letting the story build up. It was still a fun watch and is one that you need to watch on the biggest screen with loudest sound system as possible to do it justice.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including commentary, featurettes and so much more. Join the adventure to save the Earth with Moonfall available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.