In the movie disaster “Falling Moon,” The Moon went out of orbit and began to rotate towards Earth, causing an environmental disaster and setting the clock for mankind. Scientists calculate the ellipse; screenwriters have their exclamations ready. A NASA official (Halle Berry) stated: “Everything we thought we knew about the nature of the universe has disappeared out the window. But for director Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”), who deals with the planet’s potential for potentially life-ending cataclysms with the regular dental checkups, that’s nothing new under the sun.
To find out more, Berry’s character, Jocinda, visits a limited NASA complex where Donald Sutherland, a secret-keeper deep within staff, appears to have been waiting, letting his hair grow long and listening to Mahler with A gun is ready. Jocinda will need to team up with Brian (Patrick Wilson), a former astronaut who hates her after fallout from a crash years earlier. Their act of saving the world, carried out as a rogue mission while the authorities foolishly prepare for their nuclear weapons, will involve traveling through space without there is electricity. Their chairmate – a fringe science guy (John Bradley) whose spell is “What will Elon do?” – maybe he should turn off his smartphone.
This out-of-this-world adventure flirts with transcendental idiots, but Emmerich spoils it by cutting through to a useless narrative sequence on Earth, where Brian and Jocinda’s sons (Charlie Plummer and Zayn Maloney) ) were thrown together in search of safety in Colorado, for reasons that make less sense than anything else. (Hearing that the planet was on the brink of an abyss, Michael Peña, as ex-wife Brian’s current husband, announces, “We should go to Aspen.”)
Although geological alterations have made the geography replaceable, they are not responsible for the poor rendering of the New York skyline. And they can’t be blamed for the dialogue that presents a cliché in unusually direct words: “You’re putting the fate of the world in the hands of your ex-wife and some astronauts!” That’s better than trusting Emmerich for anything but random fun.
Rated PG-13. Stupid decisions. Running time: 2 hours 4 minutes. In the theater.
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