Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Moon (2009)


This movie had some good buzz on it when it came out in theaters. Many reviewers found it refreshing to have an original sci-fi idea actually executed in a movie. Most sci-fi these days is really space opera, lots of fun and adventure, but not much science. "Moon" was more of a throwback to classic sci-fi adventures of the 50's, but without the Fire Maidens or Bug Eyed Monsters.


Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been alone on the lunar station for almost three years, but it’s getting close to the end of his shift. Soon he'll be able to return to earth and be with his wife and child. During a final check of some mining equipment, he is in an accident. When he awakens his robot companion GERTY (Kevin Spacey) tells him that he was unharmed. But Sam begins to doubt this. You see, now he's pretty sure he's not the only human on board the lunar station - and that solving that mystery is going to shatter his idea of reality.

Good Points:

  • Top notch acting from Sam Rockwell
  • The whole movie and its themes leave you thinking at the end
  • Amazing production design for a film with this budget

Bad Points:

  • The movie's slow pace may bore some viewers
  • A few of the shots get a little artsy and pull you out of the film
  • Some viewers dislike GERTY and/or Spacey's take on him


I love space adventure films, but it's nice to get a solid sci-fi flick once in a while, and "Moon" is a good one. Rockwell owns the movie and really makes you care about his character. The slow pace makes perfect sense when you look back on it, but it can be challenging for someone expecting more excitement. I can recommend this film easily to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and is looking for something with a bit more meat in the story.

Ratings (out of 5)

Visuals: 4

Sound: 5

Music: 3

Acting: 5

Script: 4

Direction: 4

Entertainment: 4

Total: 4

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