Moon Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 24, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2014
Simple, tense, and wonderful. Sam Rockwell is kind of the man. So is Kevin Spacey's voice.
Super Reviewer
½ June 14, 2010
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
garyX
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2009
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.
cosmo313
Super Reviewer
August 19, 2010
I'm so fascinated by this movie. It is trying to be a lot like 2001, and there's nothing wrong with that. It comes nowhere close, but it's in the same general area. It's one of those thought provoking and intellgient sci-fi films that are more about existential issues and not visceral mayhem. In a way, this is a welcome relief. The movie does feel a little underbaked though, but the potential for greatness is definitely there.

There is a lack of scientific realism, and the movie kind of feels a little pointless and inconsequential, but there's some interesting stuff going on here. Don't expect it to be realistic, and try to be cool with a fair amount of filler, and you'll probably like this movie.

There's not much plot, and not much action, but that didn't bother me. It has a dark unnerving atmosphere to it, and mood and tension are the main proprities here anyway. The visual scheme and set direction are really nice, and Sam Rockwell does a great job. He basically has to. He's gotta carry the whole film essentialy. Kevin Spacey lends his voice, but he's not heard as much as you might think.

This is not a film for everyone. Like I said, there's a good amount of filler, it's not super slow, but it's not fast paced, either. Also, not a lot happens, and most of the focus is on one guy being bored and getting involved with an eerie mystery. If you want a different type of sci-fi movie though, then check this one out. It's a spiritual relative to movies like 2001 and Solaris, but it's a bit more accessible.
TomBowler
Super Reviewer
½ January 28, 2010
Cleverly written and perfectly performed, this is a low-budget sci-fi straight out of the old-school. Full review later.
Super Reviewer
April 20, 2011
A good sci-fi with an original story. Rockwell does well in this role and gives quite an intense performance. I also enjoyed Kevin Spacey's voice as GERTY, the robot.
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2012
Really have been itching to see this: a astronaut/miner collecting minerals alone on the Moon is at the end of his 3 year hitch when he discovers someone else up there with him ... impossible. A sci-fi of old school intent, which is to say that after the wonder of new technology comes the human question: can we live with it? Sam Rockwell carries the work with effortless style. Music by Clint Mansell.
Super Reviewer
½ May 6, 2012
Emotionally engaging science-fiction film is great, though short in scope, and story. As it is a debut film of a director, one can see potential here. There is a lot in here that concerns as all as existing human beings, and that here is the film's greatest strength; in its personal touch.
Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2010
I was absolutely psyched for this movie and I've gotta say, I was disappointed. On paper, it seemed to be a great movie in the making... Sam Rockwell was great. "Moon" takes an overdone, rehashed sci-fi plot and puts many different spins on it. There are times when you are watching this movie, you start going, "Here we go again... this, this, and this is gonna happen," and then the story goes in a completely different path. However, these paths were unpredictable in the first place because it would take the story in an uninteresting path. There's no doubt this movie caught my attention, but it couldn't hold it for long. This WAS my most anticipated movie of 2009... I'm sorry but I'm gonna hafta give it a low rating.
jamers2011
Super Reviewer
January 18, 2011
Great film! The critics loved it, but this film still didn't receive all it's deserved praise...how could Sam Rockwell NOT be nominated for an Oscar? He gives a stunning, Oscar caliber performance as the main character Sam Bell. Check out this film for his incredible performance. Also, the story was well thought-out, unique, and really intriging and interesting. Unlike anything I have ever seen, really. I also liked that it incorporated a few of the good elements of 2001: A Space Odyssey, like the robot, Gerty's, appearance, and the classical musical score. Excellent music by Clint Mansell. I even thought the special effects and computer generated sequences were good, especially for a low budget of only 5 million dollars. Pretty impressive!Moon is an excellent example of a great Sci-Fi film...sorry 2001 lovers! For me, this simple yet sophisticated movie delivers in every way one can. Story, acting, emotion, music, mystery, humor, conflict, scenery, setting, there was even a little romance and a fight scene. I definitely recommend this film to everyone!
Directors Cat
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2011
This is a sci fi film that's threatening. A lot like your typical alien flick but better, doing a lot of things differently for the better as well. Sam Rockwell's performance is very emotional and intense. It's very claustrophobic and limited and its hard to make good films like that.
Super Reviewer
December 7, 2011
A very smart premise, well thought-out and executed on just a $5 million budget. The best sci-fi embraces first our fragile humanity without sacrificing science or reason. Moon made that list.
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2009
An impressive debut by Zowie Bowie aka Duncan Jones.
Super Reviewer
½ October 19, 2011
Sam Rockwell is in top form as he plays two complete opposite versions of himself as they both come to heart-pounding realizations about why they represent each other. It is very confusing for the first half of the film and by the end, there are pieces that seem unfinished, but overlooking that will make this a true cinema phenomenon. With an extremely tight budget, a story that will have you in tears, visual effects that are surprisingly great, and a performance that will take your breath away, "Moon" is one film that I will never forget and I will always find myself emotionally attached to. The outcome is brilliant and I did not want it to end. This movie is fantastic!
Super Reviewer
September 18, 2011
A very believable sci-fi thriller! Great movie, surprised it wasn't bigger in the box office.
Super Reviewer
August 22, 2011
Duncan Jones, the director of "Moon" has shown his first release is as good as a legend's latest. "Moon" is a powerful, sometimes dark, sometimes warm film that makes you feel.

Sam Rockwell, recently appearing in "Cowboys And Aliens" performs the best role of his life as Sam Bell, an astronaut working on the moon. He is hired by Lunar, a company that mines Helium 3 off the moon in order to solve the energy crisis on Earth. Things are going well as he nears the end of his three year contract, but that's when he makes a discovery and the story really picks up.

Reminiscent of 2001, Jones directs in a similar style to Kubrick. The film is extremely atmospheric with all the essentials of a great, added with an incredible script, courtesy of Mark Bowden and Nathaniel Parker.

Every time you believe something will happen, it doesn't, yet the film is shocking, heart-warming and jaw dropping, sometimes all at the same time.

It could have won Best Picture if it had not been Jones first feature. A film to be watched properly, not a lazy half hearted, one eye and one ear open for a Sunday before work, this is a film that needs to be watched and thought about.

Overall, a film that should be watched. An independent first feature film that looks like the work of a Hollywood legend. A tiny budget creating incredible special effects with a script and director to fight over.

**** 4 Star
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2011
Very morose...Falls into "Good, not great" territory.
Super Reviewer
August 8, 2010
Being descriptive isn't an option when talking about this dramatic thriller/mistaken identity sci-fi. The plot alone is so intricate and cerebral one can't make this movie sound interesting without including a large plot summary. Still, the film itself is also a simplistic story, shot completely on a future base on the moon. The only full bodied character in this film is Sam Bell, played by Rockwell. This is his greatest performance yet, the stress of his time away from all human contact significant in the bold strokes in the story. With the way of the film, we're not sure if everything happening at first is a hallucination, or a cover-up that far outreaches films of the past decade, including the Bourne trilogy. Between the isolation, sickness, and utter betrayal of living alone on the moon, the film's dramatic score, a robot voiced by Kevin Spacey, and the stunning visual effects used in such a small film, it's an extraordinary experience. Only the highest regard and much kudos to this film.
Super Reviewer
½ March 22, 2011
A stunningly original entry into the science-fiction genre, Moon is utterly heart-wrenching to watch and features a gripping performance from Sam Rockwell.
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