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

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  • Mar 28, 2010
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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. I was initially put off by that fact, fearing the movie would just be a hollow exercise in nostalgic imitation, but I'm happy to say that's not the case. Despite the film's obvious influences, it manages to somehow find a voice of its own and offer up something new. Indeed, the movie cleverly uses those influences in such a way as to confound your expectations.

A small budget can be a very good thing for a film sometimes; it often helps move the focus onto the core story and characters, and forces filmmakers to be more inventive. Moon is no exception to that. Yes, on the surface, the film has moon rovers, robots and a host of other sci-fi trappings, but at it's core, Moon is ultimately a film about the human condition.

Most of that humanity is personified by Sam Rockwell. You can't talk about this film without mentioning him. His performance is superb. He  essentially carries the entire film and gives it heart and a genuine warmth. This is a testament to the man's talent. It's so nice to see him get a rare leading role.

This is a movie born out of its time in many ways, and its visual effects are no exception. In this CGI saturated age we live in, it's actually refreshing to see some "old school" special effects being used. They actually help the overall mood and aesthetic of the film. Nothing looks over-designed or too slick, which I find is a problem in a lot of modern Sci-Fi movies.

The ethereal, sparse score is very effective. Clint Mansell proves once again that he's one of the most underrated movie composers working today.

I'm not sure this film will be to everyone's taste. Some may find it too sedate. If you're someone who usually only enjoys lighting-paced, rapid-fire edited, high-octane action, then you probably aren't going to like this. But, if you're a fan of classic sci-fi and character driven films, then there's much to enjoy here.
An impressive debut from Jones. He's definitely a director to watch.

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June 29, 2010
I cannot believe I almost missed this review! I really enjoyed this movie, it was briliant and yet so sincere in its execution. Are you in for a sequel? I hard there'll be one...
June 29, 2010
Cheers, Woopak! I'm not sure about a sequel. I think it's more poetic to just leave the story there. Plus, I would rather see something completely new from director Duncan Jones. He is working on two new sci-fi movies at the moment - the first (Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal) is out next year, the second (Mute) is in development.
 
April 15, 2010
I grew up in the era of planets hanging by wires and monsters with their zippers showing so I love nothing more than seeing a film go old school. This was a thoroughly enjoyable film in every respect although one too many pain pills caused some confusion on my part about the ending and I had to ask for help. (I'm really not that stupid. Really. embarrassed titter)
April 17, 2010
Hmm, maybe it's not the best idea to watch existential, mind-bending movies when you're on heavy medication. :P Glad you enjoyed the movie as much as I did (even if you were spaced out at the time). :D
April 18, 2010
I just missed one little point at the end. I thought he was getting into the inceinerator--and then it was flying him to earth all of a sudden. Huh? I was okay up 'til then. =)
 
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review by . January 14, 2010
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   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 …
review by . January 22, 2010
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 …
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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 …
review by . July 19, 2010
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review by . January 22, 2010
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 …
review by . April 11, 2011
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  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 …
review by . February 27, 2010
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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 …
review by . February 27, 2011
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review by . May 09, 2010
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 …
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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