*** This story contains spoilers for Moonfall ***
Legendary disaster film director Roland Emmerich says he did a “deep dive” into the craziest conspiracy theories about the moon to come up with the plot of his new film, Moonfall.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I [initially] read the book “Who built the moon”, which inspired this whole film, but later I chose a different theory why the moon is there and I had to dive deep into the conspiracy of it … “
The director, who brought us Independence Day and the Day After Tomorrow, has made a career out of inventing new ingenious ways to put everyone on the planet in danger.
His latest proposal for action, starring Halle Berry as a former NASA Astronaut Joe Fowler sees the moon ejected from orbit by a mysterious force flying toward Earth, and in the final twist of the story – a spoiler warning – we learn that this is not the natural satellite we all thought it was.
“I’ve always said to myself that science has to be based on this thing because it’s crazy, so crazy that we have to work really hard on it,” Emerich said.
On-screen movies like Moonfall may provide some much-needed escape, but in reality, the murky world of conspiracy theories and misinformation on the Internet is another matter entirely. Online, unusual claims can now spread farther than ever.
But NASA has been trolling since man set foot on the moon, fueled by films such as 1978’s Capricorn One, one of the first space films to sow the seeds of government fraudsters.
In 2016, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter debunked the internet legend by issuing a statement to clarify that although her father directed 2001: A Space Odyssey, he did not order the moon landing. It was an attempt to dispel the decades-long conspiracy theories he had helped bring out the best forgery.
According to former NASA chief historian Roger Launius, “people love to make fun of” the biggest event in the space agency’s history.
“I’m not surprised that people will question, troll, if you will, the landing on the moon. The Internet has made many things possible, no doubt, and conspiracy theories about lunar deception are part of that process. “
So why – in the face of a tremendous amount of evidence – are some people so determined not to believe?
Dr. Daniel Jolie, an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Nottingham, has studied conspiracy theories and believes we all have a potential conspiracy theorist. He says that personality and environment certainly come into play.
“When we feel insecure, when we feel dangerous, this can lead us to conspiracy theory. Blaming the world’s problems on a secret powerful group can make us feel a little better … but, of course, then it increases our distrust because then you believe that there are strong people to catch you, so while you’re trying to understand this complex event, it actually makes you believe other conspiracy theories. “
However, the leading lady of Moonfall Berry insists that it is important to keep an open mind.
Speaking to Sky News, she said: “I don’t think anyone’s beliefs are weird. I’m always open to what others think and what their views are.”
Moonfall is already hit theaters
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