Moonfall

Moonfall

Moonfall, Roland Emmerich's latest bubblegum science fiction disaster, is a truly ridiculous and tedious movie. Emmerich, who's made disaster movies his forte after box office successes such as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, constructs a grand spectacle that spits in the face of logic and disobeys nearly all the laws of physics. It's a CGI-driven blockbuster with the German filmmaker revealing the world standing on the verge of destruction after a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit. Unfortunately, the dialogue, written by Emmerich with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, is laugh-out-loud terrible, and the emotional overtones of the film's first half fail to harmonise with the film's remainder. The horrendous sentences, delivered by Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry, Donald Sutherland and others who should have known much better, are only in tone with the absurd circumstances in which the characters find themselves. With the moon edging nearer to earth, it's remarkable that the event continually feels relatively insignificant, with only a few individuals seen struggling with the upcoming catastrophe. As a result, Moonfall never elevates itself beyond being second-rate disaster porn.