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In the age of the pandemic, apocalyptic scenarios have taken on a different meaning altogether. While movies like The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and others represented an eventuality, last year people across the globe felt like they were in an apocalyptic movie. In a time like this, when climate change seems to be a looming threat on our entire planet, a movie that pits the moon against Earth is not ideal, but that is what we’re getting.

The trailer of Roland Emmerich’s new movie Moonfall, starring Halle Berry, promises that “the moon is coming to us.”

Halle Berry in a black buttoned shirt posing with her side toward the camera at the premiere of 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' in 2019.
Halle Berry | Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images

What is ‘Moonfall’ about?

The Independence Day director, known for his science fiction disaster films, is bringing yet another movie that will showcase the best of humanity come together to fight an enemy that we did not see coming. Earlier they were aliens, climate change, and the end of the world but this time it will be the moon.

The movie, distributed by Lionsgate, revolves around the moon, which after being derailed from its orbit, is set on a collision course, headed straight toward Earth. Again, it is the end of the world as we know it. 

But not all hope is lost as an ex-NASA executive and former astronaut thinks she can save humankind. With the help of another astronaut and a conspiracy theorist, the only two who believe her, she sets on a mission to the moon.

“These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is,” Lionsgate’s premise of the movie says.

The teaser for the movie looks ominous

Moonfall’s first teaser begins with a sound byte from JFK’s speech about the moon landing followed by jarring grey televised disruption as the teaser jumps from one clip of chaos to another. The teaser, which recently debuted, takes the audience through several armageddon-ish scenarios as we see the faces of the cast of the movie, shocked and puzzled at what is happening.

The most ominous part of the teaser is its music. Stretched throughout the video, the loud and screechy sound followed by long pauses gradually progresses to reach its crescendo toward the tail end and dramatically die down, leaving the viewers with an impending sense of doom.

The last and only words, apart from the words of JFK, that are heard in the trailer come from what sounds like an astronaut in space attempting to contact the famous NASA base in Houston. But that sound is lost as well. 

What do we know about ‘Moonfall’ so far?

The movie was announced in 2019 with a budget of $140 million. Filming began in October 2020 after a few delays due to the pandemic.

The movie’s cast, led by Halle Berry, includes Patrick Wilson, Charlie Plummer, John Bradley, Donald Sutherland, Eme Ikwuakor, Michael Pena, Kelly Yu, and Carolina Bartczak. Earlier Stanley Tucci and Josh Gad were expected to be a part of the ensemble, But due to scheduling conflicts and travel restrictions because of the pandemic, they were replaced with Michael Pena and John Bradley.

Returning to direct the movie, Roland Emmerich is also a producer on the movie. Moonfall is slated to release on Feb. 4, 2022.


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