Moonfall: A Sci-Fi Thriller That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
Moonfall is a 2023 American science fiction thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael PeÃ±a and Donald Sutherland. The film follows a team of astronauts who must stop a mysterious force from crashing the Moon into Earth and causing a global catastrophe.
The film is scheduled to be released on February 4, 2023 by Lionsgate. It has been described as a “love letter to the genre” by Emmerich, who is known for his disaster films such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012.
In this article, we will explore the plot, cast, production and reception of Moonfall, as well as some interesting facts and trivia about the film.
The film begins with a flashback to 1979, when a young Jo Fowler witnesses her mother’s death during a NASA mission to the Moon. In the present day, Jo (Halle Berry) is a disgraced former NASA astronaut who now works as an independent contractor. She is contacted by her former colleague Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), who informs her that the Moon has been knocked off its orbit by an unknown force and is on a collision course with Earth.
Jo and Brian join a team of astronauts, including KC Houseman (John Bradley), a conspiracy theorist and hacker who discovered the anomaly, and Darius Zane (Michael PeÃ±a), a veteran pilot. They board the Orion spacecraft and head to the Moon to investigate the source of the threat and find a way to stop it.
Meanwhile, on Earth, President Blake (Donald Sutherland) tries to calm the public and prepare for the impending disaster. He is assisted by his daughter Jenna (Kelly Yu), a White House staffer, and Sonny (Eme Ikwuakor), a Secret Service agent. They soon discover that the force behind the Moon’s movement is not natural, but artificial, and that there is a sinister agenda behind it.
As the Moon gets closer to Earth, it causes massive tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and meteor showers that devastate the planet. Jo and her team must race against time to save humanity from annihilation.
The film features an ensemble cast of talented actors who bring their characters to life. Here are some of the main cast members and their roles:
- Halle Berry as Jo Fowler, a former NASA astronaut who leads the mission to the Moon.
- Patrick Wilson as Brian Harper, a former NASA colleague of Jo and her love interest.
- John Bradley as KC Houseman, a hacker and conspiracy theorist who discovered the Moon’s anomaly.
- Michael PeÃ±a as Darius Zane, a veteran pilot and comic relief of the team.
- Donald Sutherland as President Blake, the leader of the United States who tries to cope with the crisis.
- Kelly Yu as Jenna Blake, the daughter of President Blake and a White House staffer.
- Eme Ikwuakor as Sonny, a Secret Service agent who protects Jenna.
Moonfall was conceived by Roland Emmerich in 2012, after he finished working on his previous film 2012. He wanted to make a film that would combine his love for science fiction and disaster movies. He co-wrote the script with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen.
The film was originally set to be produced by Universal Pictures, but was later acquired by Lionsgate in 2020. The film’s budget was reported to be around $140 million, making it one of Emmerich’s most expensive films to date.
The film’s principal photography began in October 2020 in Montreal, Canada. The film used extensive visual effects and practical sets to create the realistic scenes of destruction and space exploration. The film also employed NASA consultants and experts to ensure scientific accuracy.
The film’s original release date was October 22, 2021, but was later pushed back to February 4, 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be released in theaters and on streaming platforms simultaneously.
Moonfall has not yet been released to the public, but