A mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit and sends it hurtling on a collision course toward earth.

The master of catastrophe blockbusters, Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow), is back with another cookie-cutter movie: space bad happens, hero is not believed and sent to the gutter, some years later space bad happens again, everyone comes back to hero. So basically this is ID4 with better special effects, with still resilient palm trees, more conspiracy theory and, of course, ALIENS!

The cinematography is great, the story is kinda predictable, all the classic cliches are there (estranged father-son, daddy rebuilding old car/bike/something for ungrateful kid, end of the world which comes in 3 months, but actually weeks, but actually the day after tomorrow, the dramatic inspiring speech, the whole thing). I thought the flying, warp-speed, panorama roof Lexus product placement was cute, but Kaspersky? Heh. “What would Elon do” and “Ludicrous Mode”? Ayy LMAO. Apparently the flight from New York to Aspen takes a cut (a few minutes? something like that), and after the all the disasters that took place, cell phones and satellite phones still get reception.

It looks beautiful, the visual effects are well done (just like in any Emmerich movie), the music is okay, the acting is decent, but the story is … something. All in all, this gets two popcorns because the world can end and/or saved so many times before it becomes a re-heated primordial soup.

If you don’t have the patience to finish this, it’s basically Halo x Matrix.

🍿 🍿 / 5