Cheesy, cheesier, Emmmerich.
In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurdling 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 believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find that they just might have prepared for the wrong mission. —Centropolis Entertainment
When I wrote Typical Emmerich, only not as good, I meant what I wrote. Word for word. Come on guys, that Emmerich’s movies are nothing but bubblegum, guilty pleasures, is understood, right? They make no scientific sense and are nothing but sexy eyecandy is obvious, no?
Buncha quirky characters have superduper problem thrown at them and we, the audience, have the joy to see them deal with said problem. In so far we can forgive Emmerich’s naive set-up, as we rather deal with the talented cast and their mix of personal, family oriented problems and the overarching global extinction scenario. Be it an alien invasion in Independence Day or a confuzzled Gojira in Godzilla.
All good and fine, even perfect movie entertainment. Unfortunately Emmerich’s latest effort appears comparatively tired and toothless. It’s not just the overall direction, the actors appeared tired and unmotivated as well. Halle Berry for example. Didn’t she wanna make a great comeback? Doesn’t look like. She played her role on autopilot.
As did Patrick Wilson. He was betrayed and robbed off his reputation and fired by NASA … but just bumbles along instead of causing a stink. The only one of the leading triumvirat leaving an okay impression was John Bradley, as a scientist impostor.
And all the other cast … I seem to remember that Emmerich even gave the smallest sidekick roles an extensive backstory, quirky character flaws and problems and motivations. Or at least he got a good laugh out of them. Everybody remember the cameraman in Godzilla? Ya, that. Unforgettable scene. Nothing of that sort in Moonfall. Everybody says their 2 or 3 forgettable lines and goes off-screen again.
Aaaaaaand then, unforgivable movie sin numero uno in 2020’s Hollywood: Too much CGI, too much reliance on computer tricks. The boss fight towards the end kept lingering much too long and all the excitement made room for fatigue and boredom.
CONCLUSION: Not a shitflick, just not as god as it should’ve been. Too much same old-same old. Moonfall looks like Emmerich tried to copy himself … and wasn’t quite up to it.
Now, maybe I’m too old by now to thoroughly enjoy an Emmerich End of the World scenario but I doubt that. I betcha, if you’d show me Gozilla or ID4 again, I’d love them much more than I did love Moonfall. It is rather Herr Roland Emmerich who shows his age here. He lost his pizzaz and absolute will to destroy our nice little planet. Kinda shame.