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½ June 18, 2016
Sci-fi at its best, with morality and humanity at its heart.
½ June 14, 2016
A psychological thriller taking place in space.
June 12, 2016
There's no better way to solidify yourself as a director in Hollywood than with a strong debut. All eyes are immediately turned on this former nobody who has come from nowhere and shocked everyone with a film that immediately draws the attention of every studio looking to distribute his/her next film.

In this case, that director is Duncan Jones, and that debut feature is Moon. On a budget of just $5 million, Jones crafts a beautiful, thought-provoking piece of sci-fi cinema that, refreshingly, doesn't shuffle it's characters under the rug in favor of visuals. In fact, character is front and center here: it's nearly a one-man show as we follow a single astronaut doing his rounds aboard a lunar mining station. That astronaut is Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell), who, alongside a friendly AI named GERTY, discovers a stunning secret. Rockwell is predictably amazing, but this is far and away his best and deepest performance. He manages to bring his trademark sense of dry humor, but also infuses the loneliness and mentally deteriorated nature of a man who has lived in total isolation for three years. Kevin Spacey voices GERTY, and while he's not a truly major character, Spacey brings the character to life in the same way Douglas Rain did with fellow AI Hal 9000.

The film was produced on just a $5 million budget, as previously stated, but you'd almost never guess it. The visual aesthetic of the lunar base is the perfect blend of sleek white halls and gritty equipment you'd expect from a 2035 space operation. The few instances of heavier visual effects look great, but thankfully, this isn't a film that has to rely on them. The standout of the technical aspects is the score from Clint Mansell. The score is sweeping and majestic when it needs to be, such as during one of the several lunar rover missions, but is also subtle and understated, to match the quiet character moments of Sam Bell.

Duncan Jones has successfully established himself as one of the finest directors working today with just one film. In a time where sci-fi concepts are not explored as deeply as they could be, Jones takes no hesitation in delivering a hard sci-fi tale that also serves as a beautiful, and heartbreaking, character study. This is some of the best indie filmmaking has to offer.
½ June 6, 2016
Sam Rockwell impresses above all, 8.5/10.
½ June 4, 2016
"Moon" is a very impressive, thought provoking science fiction experience that just falls short of everything it attempts to grasp, (such as logic). Sam Rockwell's finest work by far.
½ June 4, 2016
Holy cow! Really good.
½ June 4, 2016
Definitely not Sunshine...
½ May 30, 2016
Despite undoubtedly being a slow-burner, Moon is ultimately a satisfying watch. Lead by a solid performance by Sam Rockwell and an invariably likable GERTY, Moon is painfully slow at times, but manages to overcome this with mystery and quality story-telling.
May 29, 2016
Recycles good concepts and visual ideas from other sci-fi works and makes them work. Sam Rockwell does a fantastic job holding it all together. Excellent film , well worth a watch.
May 27, 2016
Sam Rockwell has been an underrated actor in my eyes, and his performance in Moon is definitely something that can be used to back up that argument. Duncan Jones creates a outer space masterpiece with this film, not only is the acting perfect, but the amount of depth and character development that is poured into Moon is what makes it so great. This is one of those films that will stick with you for a long time, do not pass this one up.
½ May 25, 2016
A birth of a great director.
½ May 24, 2016
amazing acting. amazing plot. fascinating to see what minimal actors and setting can achieve. i still maintain this was truly about artificial intelligence, and i have not yet figured out the secret to why the coffee cup is sometimes there and sometimes not
½ May 22, 2016
A bit of an odd premise to the movie, as a one man team maintains the moon base. The first half of the movie is spent setting up all these questions.
Who is Sam Bell?
Are there memories real?
What happened to the wife?
How did the cloning take take place?
Why do they die after 3 years?

But answering none of them in the second half of the movie.
½ May 2, 2016
Shit movie, dont waste your time :(
½ April 29, 2016
Profound, riveting, and eerie.
April 11, 2016
Truly haunting and Rockwell deserved an Oscar for his performance.
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½ April 6, 2016
Decent. Not a favourite genre, but it had a decent amount of suspense, though a little slow to get there, and the lead actor is a little uncharismatic.
April 2, 2016
This goes in my Top 5 SciFi movies of this century. Simply great!
March 13, 2016
This movie my favorite
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