*** Read my 3-star Moonfall review and very spoilery article about the ending here. ***
I love space what-ifs. My favourite documentary was about what would happen if the Earth happened to fall into a black hole. (We get stretched into 20 foot long spaghetti.) But I think I may have met my match in Moonfall, Roland Emmerich’s upcoming disaster movie about the Moon plummeting towards Earth (check out the second full trailer, below).
I know, I know — surely NASA would just get Gerard Butler to punch it back into orbit? We must assume this is an alternate reality where Gerard Butler does not and will never exist (a joy for some of you, a living hell for others).
Instead we have rogue conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) trying to tell NASA what’s up, and for his sins he’s given the ultimate reward: a trip to the actual moon (a bit less impressive an offer now it’s that much closer, one would wager), with HALLE BERRY. (And Patrick Wilson, but he’s not as exciting.) I think we’d all die happily in the ensuing Earth-Moon conflagration if we were in the presence of Halle Berry. Oh yes and a doomy Donald Sutherland, my favourite kind of Donald Sutherland.
Berry plays NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler, who has a plan to save the world, but only Houseman and Brian Harper (Wilson), an astronaut from her past, believe her.
It turns out the Moon is hollow, like that giant Ferrero Rocher which I (sorry, Santa) put in my 9 year old’s Christmas stocking, thinking it would be full of Nutella and a giant hazelnut only for the poor boy to discover it was just a massive empty shell. It was built by aliens (the moon, not our giant Ferrero Rocher) but why?
The teaser and first trailer were released late last year, with Moonfall itself out in UK and US cinemas on 4 February. The film co-stars Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor and Carolina Bartczak.
Check out the latest (and presumably final) trailer here:
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