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2009 independent science fiction film starring Sam Rockwell in dual roles.

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A top 10 movie of 2009

  • Jan 22, 2010
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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 Act 3 that was original, unique and satisfying and catapults this film from "very good" to "one of the best sci fi films in decades".

Basically, Sam Rockwell is going to be a very big, successful actor. He's on screen in every scene of Moon, and that's the sort of role that separates actual actors from pretty people who read lines. The entire premise of the show rests on his shoulders and I'll be staggered if he doesn't get an Oscar nomination for this (weirdly not even in the Golden Globes though). What's remarkable is that he plays several versions of himself so effectively that the viewer start to feel they really are separately people and not one actor green-screening in multiple takes.

I don't want to give away anything about the plot because this is one of those movies that's best to see with little knowledge going in. But the bizarre and complex questions posed are handled expertly, without resorting to any recycled Sixth Sense or Fight Club moments. Even the on-board computer, voiced by Kevin Spacey, could have easily been a rehash from 2001 or Alien but instead treads quite a different line and comes off ultimately as a complicated character with realistic motivations. 

Handling themes such as identity, death, age and the soul usually gives moves a hard shove into dull, difficult and dark territory, but Moon doesn't flog the issues to death or try to make lectures to the audience. Quite simply, it's one of the most effective scripts in letting the theme transcend the scenes and dialog, and the film is ultimately stronger for it. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a real treat.

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August 16, 2010
Nice job. I was really surprised that this film ended up being as entertaining as it was. It reminded me a lot of the old "Twilight Zone" episodes.
 
January 30, 2010
It was a good film, although for me there was very little hard science fiction and it almost bordered on horror. It was pretty easy to see where things were going, although I had to have Woopak explain something to me because I had 2 pain pills in me when I watched it and I missed something and thus didn't quite get something about the ending. it did end as I thought it would from the beginning though--I just missed something very major and you can't do that in a film like this. I'm really looking forward to a "sequel" that has nothing to do with the first film.
January 31, 2010
Not quite a spoiler... the sequel could be called 'Earth'. :-D
January 31, 2010
True - Queenbflix, it's definitely more in the horror genre.
January 31, 2010
I think her real life husband would have a lot to say about that. Scotty. But it is the only kind of sequel I can imagine unless it picks up right where it leaves off when the credits roll--with him exposing what's going on up their. That would kind of make it a bit like the third PLANET OF THE APES movie in a way.
January 31, 2010
I didn't want to rock the boat and call this almost horror anywhere else because everyone regards it as science fiction, but there is so much pure horror to it that it's hard not to point it out. Glad someone agrees with me. =)
 
January 22, 2010
nice direct informative review! I feel that you captured exactly how you felt about the movie w/out resorting to too much analysis. Nice work! I did love the simplicity in this film makes everything more effective.
January 22, 2010
Thanks! The simplicity of the movie works nicely and is really beguiling - I was listening to the soundtrack earlier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtCpttsZiys - kicks off about 3 mins in) and the repetitive yet subtlely-changing direction mirrors many aspects of the movie. *** SPOILERS - DON'T READ >> **** I thought one of the best parts of Rockwell's performance is that he portrays an old and young version of the same person. One is angry and impulsive, as we see from his wife's comment about it being better to be apart, and the other is measured and calm. And it's a truly beautiful parallel that reminds me of that Mark Twain quote, ""When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." I almost felt the moon/clone issue was secondary to this character play. A truly remarkable film.
January 22, 2010
This was a REAL sci-fi drama that gives us a glimpse of a possible future that had an amazing approach to its humanity. I just wished it didn't end too abruptly...I wanted more!
January 22, 2010
Me too! I watched an interview with the director on YouTube and apparently there is a 'sequel' though it has nothing to do with the first film. So I'm not sure how it's a sequel. I guess we have to use our imagination to get the last 10 minutes that wasn't there.
 
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review by . March 28, 2010
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review by . April 11, 2011
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review by . May 09, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 19, 2010
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
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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.
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Director: Duncan Jones
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy
Release Date: January 23, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Sony Picture Classics
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