A UK science-fiction thriller starring the excellent Sam Rockwell and directed by David Bowie's son (just don't call him that), Duncan Jones.... More
Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been working for three years on the moon, where he has spent his days alone, mining Helium 3. The solitude has given him time to reflect on his life's mistakes, sooth his raging temper, and to dream of his return to wife and daughter. But then, two weeks shy of his departure date, things start to go a little weird. A HAL-9000 type computer called GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) keeps him company during this psychologically distressing time.Hide
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In this unique existential thriller, Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a lunar miner nearing the end of a solitary three-year stint on the moon. When things go awry – and we can’t give too much away here – the actor’s natural sarcastic streak proves just the ticket to take the edge off his sterile environment.... More
It’s like he’s a lab rat surrounded by nifty airlocks, light-up screens and enough smooth, clean surfaces for a Spray ‘n’ Wipe showroom. Gliding around a ceiling track is GERTY, a Kevin Spacey-voiced robot that has had elocution lessons from 2001’s HAL.
Similarities to Kubrick’s opus don’t end there; the abject loneliness of Bell’s extraterrestrial accommodation turns our attention inwards, to that old chestnut: the psyche. But don’t panic – any deep, delving questions about our sense of self are handled lightly and Jones’ background in directing commercials means Moon is always concise and digestible. It’s also very stylish; a limited colour palate – mostly whites and greys – makes the splashes of red blood stand out all the stronger.
The relatively low budget proves no hindrance. The visual effects are flawless and the confined set only adds to the tension. This lunar landing might not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but Moon takes a simple concept and does it well.Hide
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Being an... More independent film, dont expect super flashy SFX, or intense chase scenes, but do expect a film that you will enjoy. Even my girlfriend enjoyed it and she is notorious for disliking Sci-Fi style movies.Hide
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