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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...  View more >

Starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley...  View more >

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Feb 9, 2022
This is a difficult movie to assign a rating...

When you see that Roland Emmerich is the director, you just know you're not going to be sitting down to watch the next Best Picture winner. This is the guy behind the Midway remake, 2012, and 10,000 B.C. after all. But he's also the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Stargate, and the 1998 Godzilla movie (which I enjoy more than its last act deserves).

What you hope for is a disaster movie that will be two hours of escapist entertainment. As long as you check your disbelief at the door (and don't look back), you'll be rewarded. But let me warn you, the more you think about the plot, the less you'll enjoy it.

Leaving the plot and any sense of reality aside, there are elements to enjoy. The best character of the bunch is the crackpot theory fan KC Houseman. Without his character, this movie would have been a bigger disaster than what befalls the poor Chrysler building. You gotta believe that New York City did Emmerich wrong somewhere along the line...

Patrick Wilson does a serviceable job, but seeing Academy Award winner Halle Berry offer up this performance reminds you much more of Catwoman than Monster's Ball. Whereas she played Patience Phillips with some energy and a knowing wink, she's playing this role straight and phoning it in. Donald Sutherland is there to collect a paycheck without having to put in as much time on set as Berry.

The beginning of this movie is basically the opening scene from Gravity, but Roland Emmerich is no Alfonso Cuarón, and Patrick Wilson is no Sandra Bullock. There are times when the special effects are quite noticeably poor, and the exposition offered up to try to make sense of it all shows everyone where they left their disbelief.

Not everything is that bad, though. The sound mixing was actually quite good. The Dolby Atmos immersive soundtrack does a great job of creating the space environments, so see this in Atmos and find the biggest screen available.

All this makes it difficult to assign a rating. Seeing a disaster movie with a good soundtrack basically requires seeing this movie sooner than later; before it leaves the premium auditoriums with the good sound systems and the big screens. If you're going to watch it at home, do yourself a favor and get an Atmos setup (if it's released in Atmos for home video).

It's not a very good movie, but it is a bit of fun and can be enjoyable so long as you have proper expectations going into it. If you try to watch this on your phone or tablet, you can't say I didn't warn you!
Feb 9, 2022
If you want to see this film, do so at the theater. A large screen and good sound system enhance the experience. But, the film requires you turn off your brain at the door. The horribly incorrect physics off it all will melt your head!

So what's good? Some of the visual effects are great.

And what's bad? Mostly the acting, but also the story line. I'm sure a lot of scenes sounded good on paper, but they just didn't translate.

Nods to many other sci-fi films are included, but I couldn't help thinking about the Bruce Willis film, Armageddon while watching this one. Just seemed way too similar to me.

Bottom line, enjoy it for what it is, but for me it just wasn't that great.

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