Moon (2009) – Review

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and his robotic assistant, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) are the only occupants of a moon-base facility that collects resources from lunar soil to help provide clean energy on Earth. As his contract is coming to an end, Sam is anxiously waiting to return home to his loving wife whom for the past few years his only contact with has been through the exchange of video emails. However, at the start of his last two weeks, he grows ill-fated and begins to hallucinate images of a teenage girl on the ship. During a routine pickup of ready resources from a harvesting machine, the same girl is briefly seen standing on the moon’s surface. Distracted, Sam crashes his rover and loses consciousness only to awaken later in his ship’s infirmary where, upon awaking, GERTY tells him that he is recovering from his injuries and forbids him to leave the ship. After sneaking out to investigate the scene of his accident, Sam discovers his body still inside the wrecked rover, alive and unconscious. After carrying his other self back to the ship, Sam and his doppelganger struggle to deal with each others existence as they try to unravel the mystery behind one other.

Fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey should feel at home here. Moon is easily one of the best sci-fi films to release in recent memory and is infinitely powerful and magically preformed. Sam Rockwell is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors and his talent as one shows here through a gripping emotion performance that cannot be missed. Rockwell’s ability as both the film’s passive protagonist and contrasting antagonist displays a rather surprising range and devotion from him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only a five-million dollar budget, the production quality of Moon is breathtaking. Gary Shaw’s cinematography captures the romantic destitution of the moon in full gusto through lighting, composition, and use of the wide-shot. The base itself is constructed in beautiful tones of whites and blues that add, yet, another interesting flavor of polarity to the film’s atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea as the film progresses slowly, but the final twenty minutes grabs hold of your emotions and ceases to let them go; expect to be thinking about this one for what is sure to be some time afterward.

9/10

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