Moonfall trailer


I read a hard science fiction book years ago with the same title and same basic idea "The moon after being hit by a comet is shattered and parts hit earth" but so far the trailer doesn't seem to show what hit the moon. Also since it's from the same guy who brought us 2012, independence Day, and its sequel, I doubt it will be focused on accuracy with science in mind and will instead be big on spectacle and short on substance.
 

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Found the premise:

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 annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) believe her. 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.
 




Stalker0

Legend
I can’t wait to here now:

1) they can save us from the freakin moon hitting us.

2) how we apparantely survive without said moon
 



MarkB

Legend
Okay, leaving aside the ludicrous premise, if the editing in the movie is anything like that trailer I'll give it a miss. Just a minute of those awful jump/dissolves was making me nauseous.
 



Did anyone here read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson? A thing that's never explained cracks the moon apart, and humanity has about two years before the debris raining into the atmosphere renders the planet uninhabitable.

So humanity moves into orbit.
 

MarkB

Legend
Did anyone here read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson? A thing that's never explained cracks the moon apart, and humanity has about two years before the debris raining into the atmosphere renders the planet uninhabitable.

So humanity moves into orbit.
"Orbit" as in "where there are billions of tons of rocks flying around now"?

And "humanity" as in "the miniscule percentage that could possibly be moved within that timeframe"?
 

Mallus

Legend
Roland Emmerich makes passable imitations of the Irwin Allen disaster movies of my youth. Therefore, I approve of this.

Besides, the moon -- harboring a massive impossible secret -- slamming into the Earth is inherently more interesting than a tall building on fire or an airport.
 

"Orbit" as in "where there are billions of tons of rocks flying around now"?

And "humanity" as in "the miniscule percentage that could possibly be moved within that timeframe"?
Orbit, as in the place where you can predict the paths of all those rocks of any worrisome size, and humanity, as in about 1500 people distributed between one large settlement (a retrofitted ISS) and an adaptable cluster of several hundred small pods that can link up or disperse as needed. Plus a very large comet looped in to provide a source of water and reaction fuel.

Don't worry. It doesn't work very well for very long.
 

MarkB

Legend
Orbit, as in the place where you can predict the paths of all those rocks of any worrisome size, and humanity, as in about 1500 people distributed between one large settlement (a retrofitted ISS) and an adaptable cluster of several hundred small pods that can link up or disperse as needed. Plus a very large comet looped in to provide a source of water and reaction fuel.

Don't worry. It doesn't work very well for very long.
At orbital velocities, "worrisome size" is a pebble, especially if you're in a retrofitted ISS. Other than that, fair enough.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Okay, leaving aside the ludicrous premise, if the editing in the movie is anything like that trailer I'll give it a miss. Just a minute of those awful jump/dissolves was making me nauseous.
Trailers are typically outsourced to separate companies, and directors are often unhappy with them.
 

At orbital velocities, "worrisome size" is a pebble, especially if you're in a retrofitted ISS. Other than that, fair enough.
If you're orbiting at the same rate, though, it's not like you're actually going to have an impact at a dangerous relative velocity, right? That's my understanding.
 

MarkB

Legend
If you're orbiting at the same rate, though, it's not like you're actually going to have an impact at a dangerous relative velocity, right? That's my understanding.
Sure, but "the moon splitting in half" is not conducive to "everything orbiting at the same rate". Rocks are going to be heading off in all directions, larger chunks colliding with each other and spraying off more debris. By the time any of that gets all the way down to low orbit, it could be coming in from any angle, and at massive relative velocities.
 

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