‘Moonfall’ is now available for home viewing

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

Moonfall is a combination of a disaster movie and a Sci-fi story. It really isn’t a great film but there are some good visuals and on the home video release the bonus features make it more interesting.

Patrick Wilson stars as Astronaut Brian Harper. On his last mission with Astronaut Jocinda Fowler (Halle Berry) they encountered a problem, which Harper described to the authorities. He was silenced because he insisted what he saw was not explainable however the authorities placed the blame on human error and Harper was ousted from NASA.

He basically became a pariah and lost not only his job but also his family.

Flash forward several years and things are about to change not only for Harper, but also for the world. The moon is losing its orbit and getting closer to the Earth. What in the world is going on? Well, according to KC Houseman (John Bradley), a self-proclaimed astronomer, the moon is not a natural object but a Megastructure, created by aliens. Now, for some reason, the megastructure is losing its power.

It comes down to these three to save the planet. At the end, the history of humankind on Earth is revealed.

That, in a nutshell, is the premise of the show. What the bonus features offer are glimpses into the characters, the story, and the history of the story. It began with the notion of megastructures and the possibility that AI will evolve and decide to take over. In the process they must eliminate mankind. That might not be as farfetched as it seems. After all, AI is evolving all the time. So just how safe is humanity from destruction from AI?

Perhaps the most interesting bonus is a history of human involvement and fascination with the moon. Looking back through hundreds of years the evolution of man’s knowledge about the moon has evolved. Our understanding of the solar system has grown immensely, thanks to space travel and satellites. This feature also looks at the history of NASA and the space race of the 1960s. It is a good lesson in history and astronomy.  Additional bonus features also shed light on the characters and the making of the film.

If this film and story is interesting to you, you should also check out the 2000 Gary Sinise film Mission to Mars, which also focuses on the evolution of humans on earth but with a different explanation.

Moonfall is available on a 2-disc 4K Ultra HD (with a Blu-ray disc), as well as a single Blu-ray and a DVD disc. Moonfall is rated PG-13 for violence, disaster action, strong language and some drug use.

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