Moon

Moon

(2009)

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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Saw it at Rialto. Excellent movie. Thanks b FM


Bowie's son throws in philosophical gems. He's a reader of Descartes and the evil demon hypotheses and his various thought experiments are all in one room here. Watch how they fight.

An excellent film.


yes an easily read plot , but an enyoyable movie nonetheless.


This is a fantastic movie! What a mindf&%*


I should note that i was at a massive screening of this film in Manhatten NY. i went into this film knowing the basic plot outline and had seen the extended trailer. I had made my two guesses as to how this film would give away its twist. As a movie conosouir i have a knack for getting these things right. With moon, i was half right. I was shocked at the origionality that the twist was, and presented itself. I though this film had a lot of philisoplical meaning packed down into it.

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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  • Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of or other, including digital. Full Review

  • Intelligent, well acted, hard edged sci-fi of a quality we haven't seen in years. Moon did great business at this year's film festival, it deserves a successful return. Full Review

  • They do make ’em like they used to -- a fresh blast of old-school sci-fi, bursting with ideas and a stellar turn from Rockwell. Full Review

  • Under Duncan Jones' kinetic direction, Moon also shines on the production front: Cinematographer Gary Shaw's shaded shots intensify the drama, and Clint Mansell's music heightens the psycho-scape. Full Review

  • Try as they might, the filmmakers never hit the outer reaches of imagination that both Kubrick and Bowie did. Which is not to say the film completely implodes into a black hole either. Full Review

  • The film's ideas are interesting, but don't feel entirely worked out, and Mr. Rockwell's intriguingly strange performance (or performances) is left suspended, without the context that would give Sam's plight its full emotional and philosophical impact. The smallness of this movie is decidedly a virtue, but also, in the end, something of a limitation. Full Review

  • Fans of speculative and conceptual sci-fi and classic storytelling should take this trip to identity’s dark side. The direction is elegant, the acting impeccable. Take the trip. Full Review

  • Despite its handsome look and good thesping workout for Sam Rockwell, the story stretches a bit thin over feature length. Full Review