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Moon (2009)



Critic Consensus: Boosted by Sam Rockwell's intense performance, Moon is a compelling work of science-fiction, and a promising debut from director Duncan Jones.

Movie Info

An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. For three long years, Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar, a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening -- the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues -- but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Bowden, Nathaniel Parker, Nathan Parker, Duncan Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 12, 2010
Box Office: $4.8M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Sam Rockwell
as Sam Bell
Matt Berry
as Overmeyers
Benedict Wong
as Thompson
Malcolm Stewart
as The Technician
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Critic Reviews for Moon

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (36)

Start calculating the costs to Lunar Industries of its singular form of devaluing, and Moon's central premise stops making sense.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.

December 16, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Moon actually gets a little dull in the later reels, just when it should be peaking in mystery and tension.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Top Critic

A cue to the responsibility of filmmakers in a time when most seldom trust their audiences to think about answers, and asks questions that paralyze us in intricate fascination long after the final shot has left an imprint.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015

Rockwell's certainly up for the challenge of playing multiple roles, but ultimately, he's just yammering to himself. This movie has half an idea and, and the end, tries to convince you it had seven.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Solaris and Blade Runner meet Silent Running. A movie with both a brain and a heart.

Full Review… | June 5, 2013

Audience Reviews for Moon

An amazingly good hard sci fi movie. Not fantasy sci fi . . just goo sci fi . . an excellent film with Sam Rockwell putting on a great performance. If you want good psychological sci fi movie this is it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A very interesting science-fiction, clever and well constructed, that boasts a solid performance by Sam Rockwell and a noteworthy debut direction by David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Simple, tense, and wonderful. Sam Rockwell is kind of the man. So is Kevin Spacey's voice.

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

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