While science may have been a hard subject for many growing up, we cannot deny that it was one of the most fantastical experiences of our lives to learn about how the universe works in mysterious ways. Today, the understanding of those phenomena is explained in simple language by Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the most popular scientists in the world.
Being the most popular scientist and often the smartest guy in the room, people look up to him to get his opinions on certain topics of interest, which may also include talking about cinema and pop culture, something that Tyson himself enjoys as well. During one of these conversations, he opened up about how he was actually wrong for once to crown Bruce Willis’ blockbuster film as the most scientifically inaccurate film ever.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Crowned Halle Berry’s Moonfall As The Most Scientifically Absurd Film Ever
Being one of the smartest people and most decorated astrophysicists of his generation on top of being popular for his communication of science to the average Joe, Neil deGrasse Tyson has made a name for himself as the go-to guy to know about anything related to general science and outer space. Along with talking about the field of study, he also regularly dabbles in pop culture and cinema when he finds things that scientifically impress him or disappoint him, and in this case, Halle Berry‘s 2022 Sci-Fi film Moonfall managed to do the latter.
In an interview on The Jess Cagle Show, The Big Bang Theory star talked about how he always thought that Bruce Willis‘ 1998 Sci-Fi/Action film Armageddon would always remain the most absurd film through the perspective of science, but when he watched Berry’s film, his thoughts changed, and he had to crown a new sci-fi film that destroyed the norms of science. He talked about the entire plot being absolutely bizarre and outlandish, saying:
“It was a pandemic film that came out — you know, Halle Berry — and the moon is approaching Earth, and they learned that it’s hollow, There’s a moon being made out of rocks living inside of it, and the Apollo missions were really to feed the moon being. I just couldn’t. So I said ‘alright, I thought Armageddon had a secure hold on this crown, but probably not’.”
While at the end of the day, it may just have been another fictional plot, Tyson still couldn’t get over just how absurd it was, just like the rest of the audience.
What Was Moonfall About?
While past apocalypse films blame the destruction of the world on natural and plausible reasons most of the time, Moonfall takes the entire plot to a whole another fantastical level. When NASA comes to find that the moon has left the orbit and is hurtling toward Earth at a rapid pace, humanity is plunged into chaos with the news of total annihilation.
Now, NASA executive Jo Fowler, along with Brian Harper and K.C. Houseman take on the task of traveling to the moon themselves and finding a way to stop the catastrophe from happening, only to find something even more earth-shattering than the current situation.
Moonfall, streaming on Max.