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Moonfall 4K UHD Review

“Moonfall” is stuck in the 90’s.

The story kicks off in 2011 during a satellite repair mission that goes awry when some strange swarm crashes through the area and begins burrowing in on the moon. One of the astronauts (Brian) is blamed for the disaster. The story jumps ahead to 2021 where the moon’s orbit has started to change and is falling into Earth. The world is thrown into chaos and the weather changes create all manner of issues (including flooding and gravity changes). Could the mysterious swarm from 10 years before be the cause of this impending disaster? Only 2 of the astronauts from that mission (Brian and Jocinda) and a nerdy conspiracy theorist (K.C.) can find out the truth and maybe save Earth.

Directed by Roland Emmerich (who co-wrote the script alongside Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen), “Moonfall” is a sci-fi disaster flick that feels stuck in the past. The 2022 film comes across like Emmerich’s greatest hits to a degree as it shares more than a little resemblance to a couple of Emmerich’s past works like “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow.” What Emmerich doesn’t seem to realize is that big screen cinema has moved past these big, dumb, special effects laden sci-fi disaster blockbusters with characters you likely won’t care about or even remember. One would think that Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Kelly Yu, Donald Sutherland, Michael Pena, and Charlie Plummer would at least elevate the story but all of their talent is wasted in paper thin roles. Only John Bradley manages to carry the movie, but even his character is nothing more than a cliche. The story itself is an overlong, goofy bore as it delves into concepts about A.I. and Megastructures (don’t take a drink every time that is said in this movie…for your health).

Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of “Moonfall” is just how dodgy the special effects are. As baffling as it may be, the CGI from Emmerich’s movies decades before look better than anything here. One would think that the movie’s grand selling point would be its destructive disaster sequences, but they all look cartoony at best. 


Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Very good. Perhaps too good as the wonky CGI is more apparent in 4K.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The best part of this entire disc is the Atmos track. Everything from the swarm to the floods sounds dynamic here.

* Blu-ray copy
* Commentary by Roland Emmerich and composer Harald Kloser.
* “Against Impossible Odds: Making Moonfall”- A 3 part extra with interviews, film clips, the basis for the story, filming during Covid, the visual effects and more.
* “Exploring The Moon: Past, Present And Future”- A scientific extra about the moon.
* “Dr. KC Houseman Speaks The Truth!”- A 4 episode in character series of extras with the character talking about megastructures and so forth.


April 17, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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