‘Moonfall’: review, trailer and everything we know about the Halle Berry disaster movie
With ‘Moonfall,’ director Roland Emmerich puts the Earth at risk yet again.
Hollywood’s current king of disaster movies, Roland Emmerich, has brought the Earth to near destruction a number of times before and he’ll do so again with his latest film, Moonfall. As you may be able to infer from the title, the world-ending threat in Moonfall is our celestial neighbor the moon.
Moonfall is one of the early tentpole attractions of 2022 movies, with an all-star cast and a premise that just begs for a big screen to watch it. Here is everything we know about Moonfall.
‘Moonfall’ release date
Moonfall will be crashing into movie theaters on Feb. 4 worldwide. The movie will be getting an exclusive run in theaters before it makes its way to digital/streaming at an as yet to be determined date.
In addition to Moonfall, the Feb. 4 weekend will also see the release of Jackass Forever and the romantic comedy Book of Love.
What to Watch has shared its Moonfall review, describing it as "just the right amount of confidence and craziness to make this cosmic doomsday a fun ride," including a fun performance from Game of Thrones' actor John Bradley. So what are other critics saying?
What to Watch's review admits that the balance between dumb and silly fun could vary person to person, and the early reviews are showing that. On Rotten Tomatoes Moonfall currently sits at a 41%, which gives it a "Rotten" score. Over on Metacritic, Moonfall is scoring at a 38, putting in its lowest of three tiers.
The basics of the Moonfall plot is that the moon is crashing into the Earth and a group of scientists are tasked with preventing it. But of course there will be a bit more to it than that, so here is the movie’s official synopsis to get a better sense of what’s in store:
“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 is convinced she has the key to saving us all — but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper, and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman believe her. The unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space only to find out that our moon is not what we think it is.”
Moonfall has brought together a solid case to try and save the Earth, led by Halle Berry as Jo Fowler. Berry is of course an Oscar-winning actress known for her roles in X-Men, Die Another Day, John Wick: Chapter 3 and Monster’s Ball (for which she won her Oscar). Her most recent credit before Moonfall was the Netflix film Bruised, which in addition to starring in she directed.
Joining Berry’s Jo Fowler on the mission are Patrick Wilson (Aquaman, The Conjuring) as Brian Harper and John Bradley (Game of Thrones) as K.C. Houseman. This will be the first of two films that Wilson and Bradley will have in 2022; Bradley almost immediately has the romantic comedy Marry Me coming out after this, while Wilson is set to reprise his role as King Orm in December’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Two other big names that are part of the Moonfall cast are Michael Peña (Ant-Man, End of Watch) as Tom Lopez and Donald Sutherland (MASH, The Hunger Games) as a character named Holdenfield.
Additional cast members include Charlie Plummer as Sonny Harper, Kelly Yu as Michelle, Eme Ikwuakor as Doug Davidson and Carolina Bartczak as Brenda Lopez.
‘Moonfall’ director Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich has made big-budget movies like Moonfall his specialty. His resume includes directing Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C., 2012, White House Down, Midway and Independence Day: Resurgence.
In addition to directing Moonfall, he co-wrote the script with Spenser Cohen and Harold Kloser and also serves as a producer.
A brand new Moonfall trailer has just been released that plays up the fun aspects of the movie, including John Bradley's potentially scene-stealing role, and featuring a fantastic integration of "Bad Moon Rising." Watch below:
Here are the two previous trailers for Moonfall, each highlighting the cinematic destruction that Roland Emmerich is known for. Watch both trailers directly below:
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).