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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
  • Directors: Duncan Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Thai, Indonesian
  • Dubbed: Thai
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KHMNCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon. Alone with only the base's vigilant computer Gerty (voiced by Oscar-Winner Kevin Spacey, 1999 Best Actor, American Beauty) as his sole companion, Bell's extended isolation has taken its toll. His only link to the outside world comes from satellite messages from his wife and young daughter. He longs to return home, but a terrible accident on the lunar surface leads to a disturbing discovery that contributes to his growing sense of paranoia and dislocation so many miles away from home. Moon is an engrossing, intelligent sci-fi thriller that ranks with genre classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Science fiction can encompass many genres--suspense, horror, action-adventure, romance, even comedy--but director Duncan Jones's Moon doesn't fit neatly into any of them. This smart, provocative film has no aliens or cool spaceships, and the effects (mostly consisting of model vehicles lumbering across the lunar surface) aren't all that special; instead, the material is character- and story-driven, centering on an excellent, multilayered performance by Sam Rockwell. The scene is some undetermined point in the future. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an employee of Lunar Industries, the company responsible for mining a fusion energy source called Helium-3, which is vital to Earth's efforts to reverse a serious energy crisis and can only be found on the far side of the Moon. Sam is all by himself, and as he nears the end of his three-year contract, the solitude is starting to get to him ("Three years is a long haul," he says. "Way, way, way too long. I'm talking to myself on a regular basis"); his only contact with his wife and daughter back home comes through the occasional video messages he exchanges with them, while his sole interaction on the Moon is with GERTY 3000, a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey (and an obvious parallel to 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000). Things start to go seriously sideways when Sam crashes his vehicle while out inspecting one of the giant Helium-3 harvesters. He comes to in the base infirmary, seemingly none the worse for the wear; but an unnerving surprise awaits him when he goes back to check out the accident site, and the resulting complications occupy the rest of the movie. Fans of 2001, Solaris, and other cerebral sci-fi will enjoy figuring out what's going on; others will find it slow-moving and tedious. Either way, Moon, which was made quickly and on a relatively low budget, is well worth a look. --Sam Graham --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By UncleJim on 10 April 2010
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Most good movies have a pivotal moment where the film reveals its true meaning. Without spoiling the film, that moment in Moon is so poignant and moving that it had tears rolling down my face. It was almost as if those simple words "I just want to go home" reach out to all of us in some spiritual way. I watched it over and over again. Beautiful.
This is one of the best films I've seen in a long long while. Sensitively made with a terrific score, it truly hit the mark for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2014
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This was a surprise for me as I'd been waiting for a "good" science fiction film for a while, a few pretenders but most lacked the impact of a good cast, and an interesting storyline.

Directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowies son) he's gone for a traditional model animation rather than the big budget CGI effects some of the studios prefer, the visual impression is still more than good enough (we've come a long way since thunderbirds)

Cast wise we have a familiar supporting actor in the shape of Sam Rockwell who plays Sam Bell (best known for his rather perky performance in The Green Mile as "Wild Bill"). Here he's a much more refined character playing Sam the astronaut who is on his own on a lunar mining plant on a "moon", but with GERTY a computer (Kevin Spacey) who helps him keep things running.

Sam's on a three year shift and nearing the end of his placement, however it soon becomes clear there is much more going on that a simple work placement. Sam does everything a normal person does he shaves, washes and even keeps up to date with events back on Earth via video recorded messages from his wife "Tess" (played by Dominique McElligott) There is no live signal to earth, so all messages are recorded. Later into the film the reasons for this are revealed.

Moon isn't a big budget Hollywood production, and in many ways it's all the better for it a small cast and we have a good storyline here which holds your attention.

The cast put in an excellent performance esp Sam Rockwell who really gets into the lead part in a convincing way, and Kevin Spacey is just about the perfect voice actor choice for GERTY his downbeat laid back voice is simply superb for this film.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Hobson on 14 April 2011
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I bought this film as I had heard it was written by David Bowies son, Duncan Jones. I was dubious as I'm not usually into Sci-Fi but the reviews were good so I decided to give it a go. I won't go into the plot as I'm sure many other reviewers already have. I would just say that if you're thinking of getting it, do. It was intriguing, mind bending & thought provoking. A very interesting and enojyable film.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. Jackson on 22 Aug. 2010
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An intriguing film exploring negative and positive aspects of humanity - human exploitation alongside human kindness and selflessness. So brilliantly acted - I would have expected to have been bored watching mainly one actor but instead completely captivated. As much as I enjoy sci-fi action films, so refreshing to see something more gentle, which did not rely on loads of CGI special effects. I loved the eighties type presentation which made me think of Star Wars (the proper films) and even Red Dwarf.

A film which created suspense and tension, warmth and humour and also kept me second guessing all the time. Excellent special features, not to be missed. It is a film which needs a couple of viewings; although not bored the first time I saw it - I enjoyed it even more the second time. Be patient - you will be rewarded. Brilliant and original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth on 4 Jan. 2013
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Sam Bell works alone on an automated mining station on the moon. It's a three year contract and communications to earth haven't functioned since he arrived. One day, after a life threatening accident he comes to realise that maybe he isn't alone after all...

Now this is an interesting film. Simplicity and low budget on all counts, what really lifts it are the message and Sam Rockwell's performance. The simple story revolves around who and what Sam really is - there is a bit of a twist and I won't reveal it here although it's not a particularly surprising one and it is exposed early in the film anyway. There's a strong impression that the designer was very much influenced by some of the last century's seminal sci-fi movies - Space 1999, Alien, 2001 and so-on - the interiors and exteriors all have a "look" about them that recalls an era when sci fi movies were a simpler affair altogether than they are now. The shots of the moon base and the moon vehicles are all very toy-like and not especially convincing but there is a strange charm to them and, oddly, this doesn't detract from the visual experience.

The story - the plot - is also lacking a degree of credibility. One man, alone on a moonbase? How could that tiny drone shuttle carry enough payload to supply earth's entire need for Helium 3? Sam's return to earth in the closing scene also failed to convince me. Even the central message of the film - who are we? what makes us human? is a pretty hackneyed one by now - you can see it in so many sci-fi films that have preceded "Moon" and will doubtless see it again in it's successors.

Again, none of this worried me too much because, as I've said, what elevates the film for me is Rockwell's poignant, moving performance.
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