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

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A debut to be remembered

  • Apr 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 are waiting for him, and as the contract draws to a close he begins to hallucinate. And with only two weeks to go Sam has an accident while working outside the lunar station that knocks him out. When he wakes up GERTY is by him, and explains what has happened, but after this strange and unusual things begin to happen in the station.


What a nice little surprise Moon turned out to be. With a fairly young man like Duncan Jones making his directorial debut here, I can honestly say I had no expectations at all for this film. But it turned out to be one of my favorite science fiction films that I have ever seen. Duncan Jones has made a film debut that is one of the more impressive ones I have ever seen, and according to the critical mass "Source Code" his second film is quite wonderful as well, which I will be seeing soon. Moon reminded me a bit of the science fiction great "2001: A Space Odyssey", and I know being as brilliant as it was, that could worry some people. But even though Moon might not be the equal, it still brings creativity and a generally satisfying science fiction film to the table.


Sam Rockwell gives a absolutley fantastic performance here. For any fans of his, or movie fans at all, don't miss his performance. Even if you do not like the film it is worth watching just for him. Being the only character that actually has any real lines, other than GERTY, the stage is completely set for Rockwell to make it a show, and he does. He packs plenty of emotion, passion, and just an intensity to his performance that is really quite amazing at times. It is so entertaining to watch the battle, and friendship, between him and the other Sam Bell, also played by him of course. It is a very hard thing for an actor to keep a film interesting by himself throughout the entire film. Ryan Reynolds struggled with it in his recent film, Buried. But Sam Rockwell did it beautifully. I cannot give enough to Rockwell for his performance here, and I am looking forward to seeing more of his works. Plus, Kevin Spacey makes a pretty interesting computer, that reminded me a bit of HAL 9000 sometimes.


Moon in general was just shot very well. Some of the space scenes were so beautiful, that it just lifted the film up higher. The cinematography is so great, and it is a real shame this film did not turn up in more theaters, like on that is near me. The writing was incredible, the script was good, and the screenplay all around was good. Duncan Jones' direction was as close to perfection as you can get, especially for his first time. He and Nathan Parker really knew what they had going here, Moon could have easily been another boring science fiction film, but with brilliant writing and direction they make it worth a second watch, maybe even a buy.


Overall, Moon will find its place on any of my best science fiction lists. The only problem I had with it was the length. It really did hurt the film, and I just wish it had been longer. Moon keeps the audience interested with plenty of mystery, and has an ending that is sure to please the masses. Jones and parker's writing is as good as it gets, and Rockwell's performance hits the mark perfectly. In his debut, Duncan Jones has crafted a near masterpiece, and a great science fiction film.

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April 11, 2011
One of my favorite movies of 2009! 'nuff said. I liked "Source Code" but imho this was wwaayy better.
April 11, 2011
Thanks for reading! I'm seeing Source Code tomorrow, I hope it is good, but I can't see it being better. It's hard to top this. I was very close to giving it a perfect 5/5.
April 11, 2011
Jones is for real and he gave "Source Code" some areas of credibility. Let me know what you think of "Source Code", I will check out your review as soon as I see it posted here. I also have a spoiler-rich blurb (only for folks who've seen the film) at the bottom of my own review since I'd like to know if other folks had the same opinion about its pseudo-science as I did. Thanks! I featured this review in our community!
 
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review by . March 28, 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 …
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review by . February 27, 2011
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review by . May 09, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 19, 2010
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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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