Sunday, February 13, 2022

Moonfall (2022)

Sometimes you have to watch a real stupid movie to balance out the smart movie you thought you were watching (Nightmare Alley). Moonfall is just that kind of CGI heavy stupid movie that always fits the bill on a Sunday afternoon.

It doesn't pretend to be smart or logical but that is what you want to see sometimes. I love the big disaster effects and that will overcome any issues I may have for what passes as 'story' in a movie like this. It's almost critic proof.

The 'story' revolves around an alien force that is driving the Moon into Earth orbit which means that a discredited astronaut and his former partner are the only ones to save the planet. Just like it would happen in real life. Add to that a lunatic who believes the Moon is hollow and we have us a picture.

Of course that means that the disaster effects have to be pretty sweet to keep anyone interested and that is true here. I loved all the last minutes saves and terrible future that awaits everyone. It's the only way to make a movie like this - FULL retard on the execution when the concept is so high. Great effects are second nature these days.

Thankfully the creators realize all this and that is where the fun comes. The effects are most of the budget of the picture which never hurts a thing.

John Bradley is especially good as the crazy conspiracy theorist who ends up on the flight because he is also a genius in astrophysics. That kind of casting is essential when one choses to go 'full retard'. You have seen it all before but this film is a classic of the genre because it does get so crazy.

In Moonfall, a mysterious force 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 (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all -- but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, "Midway") and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, "Game of Thrones") believe 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.

Car chases, space ship chases and insane alien intelligence are all you need when a movie is this crazy. 

I enjoyed the whole vibe. And it does have a GREAT ending.

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