Posted on 8/04/09 07:54 PM
Moon rolls back to the hay day of Sci-fi movies
Moon is set in the near future and is about a man named Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) whom has a three year contract to work on a moon base for a company harvesting H3 a futuristic power source. Sam Rockwell does essentially a one man show where at one point were dealing with three versions of the same character. Sam is nearing the end of his contract and starts to hallucinate and begins to talk regularly with himself. As the movie plays on Sam finds a body that looks just like him and we spend the rest of the movie discovering the nature of the other person and his origin.
I enjoyed the breath-taking views and setting on the moon. The set made you feel the isolation and you can imagine going absolutely crazy being all alone for three-years. It depicted what you would expect on the surface of the moon, gray dark and desolate. Sam would go through his day like a robot, you could see how his life must be routine followed by more routine.
The comedy relief was sparse, but when Sam defeats himself at ping pong it sent the theatre laughing. I really enjoyed Sam (1) talking to himself after a fight with the other Sam, responding "Tess (his wife) was right, I do have to work on my temper", After a unique look at his own behavior. Kevin Spacey did a great job lending his voice to Sam's sole friend "Gerty" which sci-fi fans would recognize as a deviation of "Hal 9000" using emoticons instead of the famous red-light. There are some funny moments based on what "face" Gerty has on its screen.
Personally I really enjoyed this movie, it seem to push against the grain of new-age sci-fi with their special effects and lazer-cannons. It has more of a older sci-fi feel where the enjoyment of the film is more character driven. Duncan does a great job keeping the audience "in the dark" about the mystery of whats "really" going on, is he crazy or is there something more going on here. I left the movie discussing ethical issues with the other viewers, we had to drive about 2 hours to the theatre because of the limited release so we had plenty of time to chat about how we felt about the movie.
Epic Level: I give the movie 4 out 5, I think that this movie will be referred to often as Duncan Jones first great film.