Moon 2009

Moon

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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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Astronaut Sam Bell's (Sam Rockwell) three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he's looking forward to his reunion with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and young daughter. Suddenly, Sam's health takes a drastic turn for the worse. He suffers painful headaches and hallucinations, and almost has a fatal accident. He meets what appears to be a younger version of himself, possibly a clone. With time running out, Sam must solve the mystery before the company crew arrives.

Cast & Crew

Matt Berry
Overmeyers
Malcolm Stewart
The Technician
Kevin Spacey
Gerty
Voice
Nathan Parker
Screenwriter
Michael Henry
Executive Producer
Bill Zysblat
Executive Producer
Trevor Beattie
Executive Producer
Bil Bungay
Executive Producer
Clint Mansell
Original Music
Gary Shaw
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Critic Reviews for Moon

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (174) | Rotten (20)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.

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

    December 16, 2009

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • By halfway the film starts to feel like a mere exercise, one more effort to get maximum value from limited resources. Too much machinery, not enough dread.

    October 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There might even be a touch of his father in there -- ''your circuit's dead, there's something wrong, can you hear me, Major Tom?'' It is a well-built, concentrated movie with a brain and a purpose.

    October 8, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moon

  • Oct 27, 2015
    It's interesting to watch a film with a "twist" focus on the journey, not the destination, an unusually nonchalant approach to what seems like should be a pretty major turn in the storytelling. But either way, Sam Rockwell is (unsurprisingly) gold.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    An interesting premise that leads nowhere, except to a bunch of cliches like the tremendously banal escape sequence in end with plenty of doses of sentimentality (see the first clone's death). The film tries to do too much with its initial premise: social criticism, thriller, mystery, even some horror in the beginning, but follows nothing to a satisfying end. Ultimately, it is a confused film and an inconsistent narrative (for example, what was the lady that the Sam sees in the beginning? Never explained.).
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2014
    Simple, tense, and wonderful. Sam Rockwell is kind of the man. So is Kevin Spacey's voice.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2013
    Sam Rockwell delivers a tour-de-force performance in "Moon," which is second only to "Children of Men" as the best science-fiction film of the 21st century. It's a testament to Duncan Jones' inventiveness and strength as a director that he is able to work on such a low budget (for this kind of film) and still create a tense and professional-looking motion picture. As well, Nathaniel Parker's screenplay is as original as the sci-fi genre has yet to offer and Clint Mansell's minimalist score is subtle and haunting, but it's Rockwell's performance that holds the entire film together.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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