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Moon (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 186
Fresh: 166 | Rotten: 20

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

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 8

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

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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

Jan 12, 2010

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All Critics (187) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (166) | Rotten (20) | DVD (12)

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR.org | Comments (9)
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A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.

December 16, 2009
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Moon actually gets a little dull in the later reels, just when it should be peaking in mystery and tension.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (19)
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An eccentric sci-fi which cleverly deconstructs the mythology of the Star Treks and Star Wars which have colonised the future of our imaginations with their glamour, self-importance and operatic sound tracks.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (5)
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The film is not entirely logical, but it raises pleasing questions and looks beautiful.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Most contemporary sci-fi movies come on with all CGI-guns blazing, trying to blow the roof off the theater. Moon settles for trying to blow your mind instead.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Comment (1)
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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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
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Solaris and Blade Runner meet Silent Running. A movie with both a brain and a heart.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Intriguing, imaginative, and thematically ambitious, Moon gives ample proof that Jones is a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

It's a film that won't fail to move or excite anyone who's ever cast their eye skywards and let themselves wonder.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Sam Rockwell should have been nominated for Best Actor at least twice.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Simple and alien-free example of the sci-fi genre. Slow, but there are so many details deserving attention, the chance to take them all in one only enhances the experience.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Someday, Rockwell will get his Oscar due, I have no doubt. But I bet that when that day comes, lots of movie lovers will look back and say, 'But it should have happened for Moon.'

July 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (7)
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A throwback to the golden era of 1970s sci-fi, Moon is a long overdue and morally relevant antidote to the overblown bombast of todays science fiction.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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Moon is an old-fashioned sci-fi movie in the best sense: far more psychological drama than space opera, dispensing with overweening CGI and loud flashy action sequences while harking back to subtler, more ideas-driven entries in the genre.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Evocative, riveting, and ultimately contemporary in a roundabout way, Moon is a superb mood piece, sublimely cradled by Jones, filtered through tireless work from star Sam Rockwell.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Despite the modest resources, 'Moon' is so visually astonishing that it almost looks like it was shot on location on Earth's oldest satellite.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
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Out of this world. A story that could easily have been from the early days of science fiction. It's a film that has a make-or-break lead role, and Sam Rockwell makes it an incredible journey. Paul Chambers, CNN.

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
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Jones je uspio stvoriti ne samo uvjerljivi nego i upe%u010Datljivi futuristi%u010Dki mikrokozmos, i to bez CGI-ja, s bud%u017Eetom od "svega" 5 milijuna dolara

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A lusciously slow trip, recalling familiar old tones while also adding its own unique touches.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

a puzzle with a solution that is elegant yet savage

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Contemplates a future full of potential and yet robbed of hope, an era where the worst malfunction technology can suffer is to simply function too well for its own good.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Moon entertains by posing a puzzle whose solution opens into disturbing existential truths and paradoxes.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A frequently engrossing science fiction story given a particular tension and seriousness by its moral inquiry into what it means to be fully human and alive.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Moon

Simple, tense, and wonderful. Sam Rockwell is kind of the man. So is Kevin Spacey's voice.
April 21, 2014
jarobb3

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Being the son of legendary musician David Bowie must put a lot of pressure on you, especially if your chosen profession is also to entertain. However, this is a pressure that director Duncan Jones seems to relish. His talents are used in a different medium from his father but equally as impressive with this relatively low-budget debut and he produces one of the finest science fiction film's for quite some time.

Lone astronaut Sam Bell (Rockwell) is nearing the end of a three year service harvesting the Moon for much needed resources to keep Earth functioning. While carrying out his duties, he is involved in a collision resulting in a serious concussion. Upon wakening, he realises that things are not as they seemed during his years of isolation and that he‚(TM)s not been alone either.

While having some obvious comparisons to ‚2001: A Space Odyssey‚? in terms of it's onboard computer Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey) resembling HAL- and a similiar structurely directing approach to Stanley Kubrick‚(TM)s, that‚(TM)s where the comparisons end. The themes of isolation and loneliness have more in common with Steven Soderbergh‚(TM)s tormented ‚Solaris‚? or the existential pondering and exploration of individuality and memories echo the work of Ridley Scott's ‚Blade Runner‚?. Being a fan of both of those, I found "Moon" to be very appealing indeed.

In a time where science fiction, seems intent on throwing as much money on the screen as possible, it's refreshing to see one that works on it's simple, yet very effective, concept rather than smooth over the cracks with excessive special effects. It's through this that real talent is allowed the room to develop and that opportunity is seized by an outstanding Sam Rockwell. In a year that Awards pretty much had Jeff Bridges‚(TM) name already engraved on them for "Crazy Heart", Rockwell‚(TM)s performance here was shamefully overlooked. He at least deserved a nomination. By now, everyone is aware of this great actors talents but Jones gives him the chance to really show his range in multiple roles and without his sublime and commanding work, this film might not have worked as well as it does. However, it does work and very well at that. Jones has a good handle on the thought provoking material and shows a restraint beyond his years, while the subtlety of Rockwell's performance brings out the spiritual and intellectual struggle of his character(s).

Gary Shaw's sublime cinematography does not go unnoticed either. He perfectly captures the claustrophobic environment which only serves to heighten a foreboding sense of paranoia and Clint Mansell‚(TM)s excellent use of music is eerily atmospheric by simply using basic piano notes.

Not only on modern terms, "Moon" can hold it's own with some the best that science fiction has to offer and just goes to show that a basic concept, a basic structure and a minimal cast can culminate into something quite special.

This cemented an already talented actor‚(TM)s reputation and heralded the arrival of a promising new director. With the impressive "Source Code" already in the bag and the forthcoming "World of Warcraft", Jones is certainly one for the watching. He‚(TM)s a director that already shows confidence in himself and won‚(TM)t be rushed into telling his story, making it all the more satisfying for a contemporary audience that's been slapped around the head with too many Michael Bay movies.

Mark Walker
November 20, 2013
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

A lone astronaut working a mining operation on the moon starts seeing the face of a young woman and begins to question his sanity. Moon flies very much in the face of contemporary sci-fi. It has a very retro look, complimented perfectly by the use of beautifully crafted miniatures rather than the ubiquitous CGI and this retro feel is carried through to every aspect of the film. The sets are very reminiscent of the original Alien, the scenario echoes 70s eco sci-fi Silent Running combined with the themes of Solaris, it has the ominous electronic countdown of Outland and has a similar plot line to some aspects of Capricorn One; but it does so with such reverance and understanding of the genre it is far from a cheap carbon copy. Sam Rockwell puts in a great performance as the man alone (...?) although I did wish a lesser known actor had been chosen to be the voice of GERTY. All too often it seemed to me like Kevin Spacey was in the next room speaking to him on an intercom instead of thinking of his robotic companion as an entity in itself. It's the kind of intriguing and thoughtful sci-fi that never seems to get made any more and would undoubtedly have been ruined if a major studio had got involved. Maybe it relies just a little too much on its twist, but certainly different and in a very good way.
May 17, 2013
garyX
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    1. Sam Bell: I've set your computer to reboot the second I've blasted off.
    2. Gerty: Okay, Sam.
    3. Sam Bell: Thanks for all your help, Gerty. I wish I could say I was going to miss you, buddy, but to be honest, I can't wait to get away from here.
    4. Gerty: I understand, Sam. I hope life is everything you remember it to be.
    5. Sam Bell: Thanks. Are you
    6. Gerty: Of course. The new Sam and I will be back to our programming as soon as I have finished rebooting.
    7. Sam Bell: Gerty, I'm not programmed.
    – Submitted by Victor M (18 months ago)
    1. Sam Bell: Why are there so many of them?
    2. Sam Bell: The cryo pod in the Return Vehicle is an incinerator.
    3. Sam Bell: What?
    4. Sam Bell: We don?t go home. We?re burned to death up there. Then the company wakes up a new one. Every three years. Like clock work.
    – Submitted by Victor M (18 months ago)
    1. Sam Bell: Gerty, am I a clone?
    2. Gerty: Yes, Sam.
    – Submitted by Victor M (18 months ago)
    1. Gerty: We could run some tests. [a beat] I haven?t reported anything to central, Sam. They don't know you were recovered alive from the accident.
    2. Sam Bell: Recovered alive? What do you mean? Why haven't you reported to central?
    3. Gerty: I'm here to keep you safe, Sam. I want to help you. Are you hungry?
    – Submitted by Victor M (18 months ago)
    1. Gerty: Sam, what is it?
    2. Sam Bell: Something doesn't feel right, that's all.
    3. Gerty: Sam, it might help to talk about it.
    – Submitted by Victor M (18 months ago)
    1. Sam Bell: Wake me up when it's quitting time.
    – Submitted by Angela R (22 months ago)
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