In a not-so-distant future, Earth's energy is being supplied through extraction of Helium-3 from the Moon. Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a space miner whose job is to make sure that the massive mining machines keep running and to ship the fuel they extract back to Earth. He's at the tail end of a three year stint, and can't wait to go home -- and Gerty 3000, his robot companion whose design and mission is a significant twist from that of Hal 9000 (of 2001 - A Space Odyssey), seems worried he is beginning to lose focus on the mission. It turns out Sam has much bigger issues to worry about.
The German philosopher Martin Heidegger wrote that in an age of technology, where everything is treated as a resource, we ourselves become just another tool. We think of technology as our servant, but humanity itself becomes another means to an end, a cog in the globalized technological machine.
Director Duncan Jones has created a profound yet simple and small science fiction film that thematizes questions regarding the impact of technology on human life, how it affects human relations to each other, even what it means to be human. The film feels like a return to some of the most intriguing science fiction of the seventies and the eighties, films like Soylent Green, Silent Running, Alien, and Blade Runner, even if it is working on a smaller scale than the last few of these. (It's worth watching more than once for its inclusion of clever references to many of these films - the script and the setting include a number of subtleties, that are likely to be missed on first viewing.) The production team obviously made the most of a small budget, and managed to create a very realistic moon base, and very convincing machines and subtle use of special effects. Of course, the most impressive component of the film is the performance of Sam Rockwell, who almost singlehandedly carries the entire show, and gives a delicate and nuanced performance throughout. This is excellent independent science fiction. Highly recommended.
I’ve always had a fondness for movies about isolation, science fiction and most especially psychological thrillers. Little wonder that I would be interested in the debut film of director Duncan Jones with the movie called “MOON” since it blends all three of those themes. “Moon” premiered in the Sundance film festival and enjoyed a limited theatrical run. It was the recipient of the “Best British Independent Film” in BIFA (British Independent … more
I thought this was a great movie that really makes you contemplate the issues. I highly recommend adding this to your Netflix Queue now! Solid acting was performance by Rockwell, he deserves an Oscar nod for his performance of Sam. SPOILER ALERT -- Please see the movie first before reading any further. I liked the starting point, we have fixed the worlds energy crisis, we are now clean and green. Wow, I wonder if we can get … more
Once in a while, and more frequently in this genre than most others it seems; a film comes along with a very modest budget (in this case $5M), a limited cast, and a whole lot of heart. In the case of Moon, director Duncan Jones continues on in the tradition of works like Danny Boyle’s Sunshine or perhaps even more appropriately, Neil Blomkamp’s District 9. However, its inclusion in the oft-suspect category of independent science fiction entertainment is by no means synonymous … more
Moon is sci-fi in the order of 2001 A Space Odyssey, not Star Wars. It's great film to make you think. I don't wanna give things away either. I watched Moon not knowing anything about what was going to happen and I think that made it much more better. Thus I suggest avoiding any spoilers or even the trailer if you can. The computer in Moon instantly reminded me of HAL from 2001. I will say that things are not as they appear … more
There was a time when Science Fiction movies were about big ideas, not big explosions. The 1960's and 70's produced movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running, Solaris, and Dark Star. Moon, the directoral debut of Duncan "Son of David Bowie" Jones, is definitely of that lineage. From the start, it's apparent that Moon wears its influences unashamedly on its sleeve - all of the aforementioned films are echoed in some way, with the addition of Alien and Outland. … more
Here's a funny thing: I had a moment of desperation towards the end of Act 2 where I thought it was going to fall apart. Everything was going well - tight dialog, well acted, interesting twists - and I could predict a cliche, see-it-all-before Hollywood ending that was going to destroy the film. I actually paused and opened a bottle of wine to numb the potential studio train wreck that was bound to happen. Yet bizarrely, the writers managed to take the film in a completely different direction in … more
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is a man working for the Lunar Industries on a trip by himself to the moon. He has a three year contract to live there alongside the most helpful computer GERTY (Kevin Spacey). Unfortunately for Sam, there is no direct communication from where he is and Earth, making Sam all too lonely over the years doing nothing but talking to himself and his intelligent computer that attends to his needs everyday. Sam desperately wants to go home to Earth where his wife and child … more
I finally got to see this much talked about, minimalist science fiction film from debut director David Bowie's Son (Duncan Jones). I have to say up-front that I was bothered about the premise of this film from the moment that I first heard it in teaser ads: lone inhabitant of a Lunar mining station goes bonkers - maybe. People go nutso when they are all alone for too long and there is no way that anyone investing the untold billions necessary to mine the moon would risk their … more
Initially, Moon might seem like a remake of 2001 - A Space Odyssey - it even has a HAL-like computer called Gerty - but it takes a different turn. In fact, after the first half-hour, Moon is more about lunar technician Sam Bell's mysterious origins than space exploration. The plot is surprisingly thick and takes some unexpected turns. I won't spoil it, but it's definitely pretty cool. I love the ambience of the movie. The sterile, white setting really does seem like a realistic … more
Not for everyone. Those expecting a SciFi adventure with lots of action and dumbed down dialogue will be disappointed. Instead, this is a slow, nuanced, quiet, powerful movie that features Sam Rockwell acting his butt off in every scene. The story goes in an interesting and unexpected direction, and if you stay with it, this movie will stay with you
Moon is a 2009 science fiction/thriller film about a solitary lunar employee who finds that he may not be able to go home to Earth so easily. The film is the feature film debut of commercial director Duncan Jones, and actor Sam Rockwell stars as the lunar employee. Kevin Spacey voices his robot companion. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in January 2009, and was released in selected theatres in New York and Los Angeles on 12 June 2009. The film will expand to additional theaters in the United States on 3 July 2009 and 10 July 2009, and will be released in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2009.