With the latest action flick Moonfall plummeting at the box office, the point of making big-budget action films is losing steam.
We quickly approached the second month of 2022, and after the release of “Spiderman: No Way Home,” movie releases have seemingly been quiet. I decided to see what films might be released and came across “Moonfall”, Roland Emmerich’s 20th film. Emmerich is known for films such as “Independence Day”, “Godzilla (1998)” and “2012”.
The film stars Patrick Wilson and Halle Berry along with a few other well-known actors. I watched the movie, which was a little over two hours long, and it was one of those movies that was so bad it was good, but after watching it, I was still dissatisfied.
The reason for my annoyance is that, throughout the last decade, we’ve had so many movies that rely too much on big-budget action and effects with a little story to go with it. Take the example of the films “Transformers” and “Fast and the Furious”; these films have the bare minimum of plot and writing as they all focus on the action and the money they will make with the action alone.
But what about Emmerich’s new film? Personally, I didn’t hear anything about the development of this film let alone its existence until I accidentally came across it on IMDb. With a projected budget of $146 million, this movie bombed its first week at the box office, grossing just $10 million. It’s a big blow, as the final box office tally estimate will be around $41 million, well below the film’s production cost.
In this spirit; what’s the point of continuing all these insane action movies? If the goal was to make a movie that’s considered a quick money grab but doesn’t achieve that goal, then why make the movie? That’s a question for the cast and crew involved, but especially the screenwriters writing these movies.
This question is not asked of all action movies. 2021 had two of the most breathtaking movies I’ve ever seen in “Spiderman: Far From Home” and “Dune.” However, what makes these films work is that they relied on other aspects to help them pull it off, like fan service and creative writing, things that many lacked. action movies.
Now, Emmerich made his share of silly action movies while I was growing up, but I can’t tell you how ridiculous the plot and writing of this movie was. What’s worse is that it seems like he was trying to take himself seriously and even trying to create his own universe to potentially set up sequels. With the way the movie is doing so far at the box office, that’s an unlikely possibility.
It pains me to see films like this, it’s like a wasted opportunity for some talented actors who could have worked on other projects that were worth their time. Considering the film’s budget, it seems that most of its cost was spent on the visual effects rather than the actors themselves. This sometimes makes me wonder if the actors get the script before they agree to star in the film, because it doesn’t seem like the pay cut is worth it.
Action movies not affiliated with Marvel and DC are sometimes a hit these days, but are usually a dud.
Could the pandemic also play a part in why some movies don’t get ratings or don’t know their set release dates? It’s a possibility, but statistics show it’s been going on for so many years before the pandemic. Other films considered independent or low budget have the same issues, but most of these films deserve much more recognition.
Cinema is much more than a simple thoughtless action. Given that we’re all likely going to be watching movies as a way to escape the real world for a few hours, I think acting took precedence over good acting and writing. With the latest addition of a failed big-budget action movie in Moonfall, those types of movies have to come to an end.