‘Moonfall’ crashes into megastructure theory – The Hofstra Chronicle

“Moonfall” is a science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and released in theaters on Friday, February 4. The film follows the three characters: Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), a retired astronaut after a 2011 incident that claimed the life of another astronaut during a routine satellite survey; Jocinda Fowler (Halle Berry), a high-profile astronaut who was also present during the 2011 incident, and KC Houseman (John Bradley), a megastructurist and the first person to realize that Earth’s moon is out of orbit. Together, the three must work together to save the planet and stop the moon as it hurtles towards Earth.

The film also follows the survivors on the Earth’s surface. It becomes difficult for them to survive the destruction of the moon when the loss of gravity and oxygen in the atmosphere is a problem. Both perspectives allow viewers to see what’s going on with the moon and the destruction its altered orbit is causing the planet.

The biggest conspiracy theory that emerges from the film is that of megastructures, which are planet-sized architectural structures built by aliens. They are powered by small stars, probably white dwarfs. Houseman thinks the moon is one of the closest and most obvious megastructures to Earth. The moon is believed to be this hollow megastructure, further strengthened when NASA recorded moon quakes in the 1970s, stating that it “ringed like a bell”.

If the moon is, in fact, a megastructure like Houseman and few others predict, who created it and why is it falling out of orbit? The film is really captivating, and you can’t look away for too long for fear of missing out on crucial information. Not that it’s possible to look away from the incredible storyline. It’s truly amazing how Emmerich uses these many lunar conspiracy theories to create this world-ending disaster film. The plot and action are easy to follow and the science isn’t too hard to figure out. The action is also neatly interrupted by Houseman’s comic relief. His anxiety, his pills, and his body riddled with IBS make him a formidable character to defend.

Who created the sentient alien technology that is attacking the moon and attempting to destroy all human life? Why does he want to do this? Will artificial intelligence always face a danger for humanity? How does the Chrysler Building end up in the middle of a mountain range? Watch “Moonfall” in theaters now to get all those universe questions revealed! Are you a believer?

Sharon D. Cole