The latest episode of Screen Rant‘s Pitch Meeting series crashes into Moonfall. Having previously directed Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012, Moonfall is the latest disaster flick from the mind of filmmaker Roland Emmerich. The director has also ventured into the cosmos throughout his career for Moon 44, Stargate, and the German-language Noah’s Ark Principle. Premiering in theaters this February, Moonfall marries the director’s love of space movies with his signature disaster thriller.
Co-written by Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, Moonfall finds a mysterious force knocking the moon off its orbit, which sends the sattelite hurling towards Earth. With the help of conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman, two former astronauts, NASA executive Jo Fowler and disgraced astronaut Brian Harper, are the only ones who know the secret to saving humanity and only have a few weeks time to execute their plan before impact. Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and Game of Thrones‘ John Bradley lead the cast of Moonfall alongside Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, and Donald Sutherland.
Now, the newest episode of Screen Rant‘s series hosted by Ryan George allows viewers to step inside the pitch meeting at Lionsgate that led to Emmerich’s lastest disaster film. The video begins by mocking Moonfall‘s seemingly simple premise, which is plainly spoiled in the title, before hilariously picking apart many of the film’s glaring flaws, plot holes, and other abnormalities. Experience the new Pitch Meeting below:
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Critics haven’t been very kind to Moonfall either, criticizing everything from its B-movie cheesiness to many of the hallmarks audiences have come to expect from an Emmerich disaster thriller, resulting in a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its audience score of 70% is much more favorable, though the majority of moviegoers soundly rejected Moonfall in its opening weekend. In that timeframe, Moonfall grossed just $10 million against a $140 million budget, which its Pitch Meeting mines for comedic effect, ending on the line, “I don’t see how it could fail.”
Only an epic box office bomb like Moonfall could produce such an entertaining Pitch Meeting episode replete with memorable phrases like “Chekov’s bowel,” poking fun at K.C.’s seemingly pointless mentions of his Irritable Bowl Syndrome. “I’m a professional screenwriter,” is also an amusing justification for why Moonfall‘s President of the United States would want to nuke the moon as it is plunging toward Earth. As its Pitch Meeting points out, Moonfall certainly plays fast and loose with science and logic, but it can still provide some solid popcorn entertainment for those who are willing to suspend their disbelief.
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