Starring Sam Rockwell, Dominque McElligott, voice of Kevin Spacey.
Written by Nathan Parker.
Directed by Duncan Jones.
With a need to provide an alternate energy source for the planet, Lunar Industries mine the moon for a limitless supply found in rock. Manning the lunar operation is Sam Bell, his only companion being the ‘Robotic Assist’ artificial intelligence called Gerty. When Sam is involved in a collision with one of the massive harvesters tearing up the surface, he wakes in the infirmary with little knowledge of what happened. And things are no longer what they seem. I don’t want to give away too much about this film, because even though the ‘twist’ is revealed midway through the proceedings, this original little movie still has much to offer in its’ second half. In fact, things get even more interesting. Moon is the debut feature of Duncan Jones (otherwise known as Zowie Bowie), and it’s a remarkable achievement for a first-time director working with such a low budget. Comparisons to science-fiction classics such as Silent Running and 2001: A Space Odyssey are obvious – but even though the film borrows from not only those films’ concepts but their sensibilities as well, Moon exists in its’ own atmosphere. Key to the films’ success is Sam Rockwell, an actor that has consistently chosen interesting roles throughout his career. From the hick psychopath in The Green Mile to his portrayal of Chuck Barris in Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Rockwell is an actor of chameleon stature. His performance in Moon is one of the best (if not the best) of the last year, solidifying his reputation as one of the most respected in the biz. But let’s not forget director Jones, who has fashioned one of the most intriguing, genuinely tragic films of recent memory. This one is a creeper – it will stay with you long after the credits roll.
by Wadrick Jones