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Moon (2009)


After a year or so, I’d just quit my job if I had to do this for a whole 3 years.

As he nears the end of a lonely three-year stint on the moon base Sarang, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) begins to hear and see strange things. It’s not long before Sam suspects that his employer — the conglomerate LUNAR — has other plans for him. Featuring Kevin Spacey as the voice of a robot, Gerty, this sci-fi thriller also stars Matt Berry and Kaya Scodelario.

The film has the look of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and feels like that sci-fi in the air, gone wrong kind of movie. But this one will surely stand the test of time.

The best thing about this movie, and probably the only person you’ll see in it is Sam Rockwell. I never really liked this guy at first, cause in all honesty, I thought he was kind of a snobby guy, in real life, as we see him in the movies, but he delivers this character, also named Sam, so well. But its not just cause he’s compelling with the scenes of just him that work, no its when he is talking to another character that happens to be himself, and he plays it real well, cause both characters are entirely different. One is subtle and laid back, while the other is nutty and all over the place.

But this film is not just Sam Rockwell’s film cause it is a slam-dunk directorial debut from Duncan Jones, aka son of David Bowie. I think that Jones does a good job at being very minimalist, and not try to overcome the story with camera work, he’s kind of just letting the story tell itself, which was impressive cause that’s all what sci-fi films nowadays relie too much on. I know they didn’t film it on the moon, but it sure as heel looks like they did. I mean its pretty amazing what Duncan Jones was able to do with such a small budget of 5 million hot g’s, and create this place that looks exactly like the moon, while some film-makers can’t even get it with a $150 million or more budget. But he doesn’t use CGI, shame on you, no he uses all this kind of magic using small-scale models and actual sets. Its just so beautiful and enchanting, just like real space looks like.

However, the film much like 2001, still seems to get dull and very slow at points. I mean there were times where the film kept my interest forever, mostly until the end, but the moments in between of the story were a little how should I say, “ehh?”. Things should have went a little faster, because I didn’t feel that I was in the zone of the film while it was going on. Also, I liked Spacey as Gerty, the robot, but still, it is a big rip-off of Hal from 2001.

Consensus: Boasted by a completely compelling performance from Rockwell, and an impressive debut from Duncan Jones, Moon succeeds in bringing the creepiness, and overall beauty that is sci-fi films.

8.5/10=Rental!!

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3 responses to “Moon (2009)

  1. Heather April 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I still have this sitting in my que and I’m dying to watch it, I’ve just haven’t been able to find the quiet time I need to watch it.

    Glad to see another persons opinion I respect dig it. :)

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