The Razzies Are Going To Love 'Moonfall'
By Sal LoCicero | January 29, 2022
From the guy who brought you Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum in a spaceship, John Cusack facing - what the Mayans’ believed - the end of the world, and that famous line “We’re gonna kick some serious alien ass!”, has brought yet another disaster movie, and you guest it, alien invasion! These damn aliens are always fixated with us humans, according to Roland Emmerich’s filmography that is.
This year, we are presented with ‘Moonfall’; which is about a former astronaut, who faced an unknown threat in outer space years ago. When he encounters a nerdy science theorist who informs him about the threat, which will destroy Earth, they do whatever it takes to save the planet.
Usually when you see a preview or read a synopsis on a movie, you get a better understanding about it. However that is not the case here, ‘Moonfall’ is so focused on disaster that it seems to have forgotten what the extraterrestrial threat is. At this point, Emmerich’s movies should be on streaming services. The plot doesn’t matter, it just needs to lead towards the mayhem. You can’t be upset with him for making this feature, you should already know what’s to expect.
Our main characters are goofy, washed up people who become the heroes in the end. You’ve got a dramatic lead character, along with the comic relief, and the wise person. Some insignificant side characters are always the wacky stoners, or wild teenagers who either make it out alive or not. By the end, they’ve saved the world and everyone is reunited. That is how a Roland Emmerich movie is made.
At the end of ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, it tried to set up another sequel. A plan for a third movie was later canceled, due to the box office failure of ‘Resurgence’. But Emmerich hasn’t given up on another sequel yet, as it’s been stated that he hopes Disney allows him to make another sequel, whether it be a movie or TV show. ‘Moonfall’ feels like it’s an ‘Independence Day’ sequel in disguise. The entire structure is identical to one another - more so than any of his other features.
The alien threat that our “heroes” are up against will remind you of the evil spaceship from Adam Sandler’s 2015 action/comedy ‘Pixels’. It has to be embarrassing, in some way, for the director to come up with an alien force that looks nothing even remotely close to antagonizing.
After a few weeks of its release, nobody is going to remember ‘Moonfall’. In a few months, the Razzie Awards will probably snatch it up - making it the seventh Razzie nominated film from Roland Emmerich.