Sunday, January 31, 2010

Moon (2008) R - 3 Stars

Not only is this movie a little confusing but it's also on the depressing side. Though I love Kevin Spacey, I'm not sure his was the best voice that could have been used for the robot. Maybe that's because I was thinking of more of a "Hal" type voice. But considering the movie is filmed with just one physical actor, if you like SciFi, I think it's still worth the rental price.

Sam has just spent almost three years on the moon living in solitary confinement working to extract H3 to send back to earth. His only companion has been a robot. That is until another version of Sam shows up.

Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), works for Lunar Industries mining Helium-3 (H3), from the moon. Mankind is now harvesting the moon for this precious comity which brings energy to planet Earth. Since machinery does almost of the work, Sam is all that is needed to run the entire production solo. He's left his wife and small daughter back on earth and can only correspond with them via taped messages that surface every now and then.

But being cooped up alone with no one to talk to other than a computer Gerty (Kevin Spacey), Sam starts to imagine he's seeing things. In one mirage, he looses control of his vehicle and crashes into the mining equipment,t rendering in out of commission. A rescue ship is on it's way to help fix the problem and take Sam back home to earth. Or at least he thinks, instead he is rescued from his lunar explorer, by a man that looks strangely familiar. Once back at the ship, Sam is faced with this younger version of himself who's in much better shape and thinks he's a clone. He tries to convince Sam he is a clone too and if they don't escape, they will be rendered useless and replaced. With Sam's health ailing this pair of Sam's looks for answers before the rescue ship arrives to take one of them home.

Awards Include:

2009 - National Board of Review - Best Independent Film
2009 - National Board of Review - Best Directorial Debut

Liberty Films, Stage 6 Films, Xingu Films, Limelight Fund
Director: Duncan Jones
Writers: Nathan Parker, Duncan Jones
Producers: Alex Francis, Julia Valentine, Justin Lanchbury
I viewed 1/10

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