on 10 April 2010
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.
on 14 April 2011
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.
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. Moon is in many ways a "slower burn" story based production concentrating on the main character, there isn't a lot of action scenes but the plot more than makes up for this in my view. I've watched the film multiple times and it's still very enjoyable.
It might not be for everyone, but I think it's good to see a film take a less trodden path there are plenty of big SFX huge budget productions with lots of explosions and a wafer thin story (if any at all) and a lot of times acting takes a back seat. Here we have the reverse a strong story and solid acting from the small cast. A highly unusual Science Fiction film that in some ways passes a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey in feel and atmosphere but with a different story.
Well worth investigating for fans of the genre.
on 13 September 2015
David bowie's son debut could not be but on the moon: a striking debut, with no compromise for entertaining and easy appeal, but instead a corageous approach to the genre, where thrilling is much more than action and it is totally functional to enage the audience in the dramatic and methaphysical questions that concern the main and only character of the film. Yes, because the whole film is about one guy, wonderfully played by Sam Rockwell, and the paradox of his multplying self, where you cannot tell who is the original and who is the copy, or maybe that what we call soul is maybe not just something detached from our body. Or maybe it is. This increasingly dramatic question shapes the whole progression and sense of the film, as well as the consequent sense of solitude and the metaphorical (yet very realistically portrayed) isolation and will to escape. It is a really unique film, also in the mixed moods that conveys, playing sometimes even with the absurd and somehow funny side of the situation, with however a constant bitter backtaste, with never makes it lose the focus on the existential drama going on, and definitely puts is far above the average contemporary cinema. It is like Solaris (the remake) with a refreshing touch: increasingly tragic yet totally compelling
on 22 August 2010
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.
on 22 January 2016
As most viewers/customers probably already know, the writer/director of this movie is David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones and this effort substantially proves that here is a talent that looks set to stand in its own right, rather being eclipsed by that if the father.
So the hero of the tale is Sam Bell, played by Sam Rockwell, employee of powerful multinational Lunar Industries under a three-year-long contract to mine precious energy-creating minerals for Earth citizens on the far side of the Moon.
His three years are up and as his stint is almost up and his only companion is the robot GERTY, voiced by Kevin Spacey, he is starting to get cabin fever. He yearns to see more of his wife and baby, with whom communication is intermittent.
But then something goes horribly wrong and he is about to find out that things are nothing like what they seem to be.
It could be said that Bell discovers more about himself that he could ever wish for, even where his very humanity is called to question as he discovers some very cynical undertakings in high places.
There are rumours of a possible trilogy in the pipeline and it is to be hoped that Bell will be successful in getting his message across to a complacent Earth. It is also to be helped that any sequels will be as intelligently written as this was.
If you are looking for a lavishly-presented film with thrills a minute, you may be disappointed with Moon. This is a somewhat suspenseful and introspective sort of a film, with loneliness pressing in on what is a very small cast at every corner. Bell is a man who is close to the edge from the start in this hostile landscape and this adds to the melancholic and claustrophobic edge throughout.
Themes about what humanity is and means abound in this film, as do how accountable large corporations can ever be. I would especially recommend this film who enjoyed the big science fiction greats of yesteryear, such as Space Odyssey, Alien, blade Runner, or Solaris. The haunting loneliness of Moon is also suberbly complemented by the atmispheric music of Clint Mansell, of Requiem from a Dream fame
on 18 December 2011
Had I known this was the work of David Bowie's son I probably wouldn't have watched it in the first place but, as luck would have it, Moon had been recommended before knowing this. All I can say is I would have missed-out on a great slice of cinema.
First things first, there is nothing massively original about the film; like most it's a culmanation of other great films (ie Bladerunner, Gattaca and 2001) but despite this it really is a story that holds its own.
In fact, such is Moon's poignancy, the 'twist' comes secondary to the actual message of the film insomuch what it means to be human. It would be remiss of me to not mention Kevin Spacey's laconic GERTY, the base's robot, his slow drawl is well-suited to Rockwell's inhuman helper. Aside from his vocals, GERTY's only method of communication is via the childlike on-screen smiley faces to reflect his mood. In fact, ironically, it's his communicative limitations that lends itself so well to the scene-stealing 'reveal' which had me blubbing like a good 'un.
Sam Rockwell is also fantastic in this, the first film I saw him in was Matchstick Men which is also worth a look, he portrays the lonely isolationism to a tee. Above all, what I liked most about the film is it's eschewing of big bangs in favour of a slow-burning observation of human life.
In short, this film demands watching once, twice - heck - as many times as possible. Not necessarily just for sci-fi buffs but for anyone that needs affirmation that - despite the evil that men do - we're all intrinsically good.
Did I say it was beautiful?
The critically acclaimed `Moon' made on a budget of only US$5 million is science fiction at its best. The film is dramatic and novelistic in style, character- and idea-driven rather than action-based. In this respect it resembles `Blade Runner', Tarkovsky's original `Solaris' and Kubrick's `2001: A Space Odyssey' - all which explored how we might need to re-define what it means to be `human' with developing technology and deeper exploration of environments away from the Earth. The plot of `Moon' reveals unexpected twists which lead the audience to consider disturbing possibilities in our future if biotechnology continues along its recent track unrestrained by a moral or ethical framework, and the philosophical implications such developments might bring. Don't think however this means it's not fun to watch: it's a rollicking good movie with great storyline development and editing; we care about the main protagonist and how he deals with his situation and (without giving away the plot) your attention will be held from first frame to last.
The acting is basically a one-man show. The choice of Sam Rockwell to play Sam Bell, the lone astronaut serving out his three-year contract supervising mineral-harvesters on the far side of the Moon, is excellent. Rockwell has 99% of the screen time and the audience experiences everything through him, as he gradually discovers things are not as they seem in his isolated world. A lesser actor might not have carried off this difficult role so well. Sam's only company is the station's friendly and helpful robot-computer `Gerty' voiced to perfection by Kevin Spacey and with emoticons to express his 'mood'. Gerty owes something to Arthur C. Clarke's omniscient HAL 9000 in `2001.' However unlike HAL, Gerty does not turn into a formidable enemy to be outwitted by the human protagonist, but fulfils his programming to be helpful and supportive of Sam no matter what happens.
Despite the limited resources committed to the film, the sets don't look low budget. Both the extensive Moon-base interior and the outside-on-the-surface scenes look pretty good, reportedly achieved by the deployment of scale models and limited but subtle use of CGI.
First-time director Duncan Jones (son of rock superstar David Bowie) reveals a real young talent in `Moon', and the film will likely leave you thinking for several days afterwards. A second viewing is equally rewarding: without the storyline surprises of the first viewing, the artistry of the editing and the clever plot construction shine through even more. This is a thinking person's sci-fi movie which, devoid of spectacular special effects, space battles and explosions, returns to the core values of the genre. How gratifying to see the film not only recouped its modest investment and made a good profit, but is becoming a minor classic.
`Moon' is recommended to all genuine sci-fi fans - and to any non-sci-fi fan who can appreciate clever scripting and good drama.
on 14 March 2011
it is hard to convey what this movie really means to me, for starters i been watching sci fi movies for 20 years, a lot of them are good , many are bad, this movie for me trascends most of them, the sci fi set is only a backdrop for some serious metaphysical issues, what makes man a man ( dont want to spoil the movie for you)
when people say the sum of their parts is worse than the movie they are right, this movie is more than the sum of their parts and it gets better for it, this movie is about man's identity , there is some context about capitalism is evil.....etc, all i can say to you is buy this movie and watch it repeatedly, there are few movies out there with the depth of this one.
think odissey 2001 , this is better ( or as good if you are a fan of the kubrick's movie )
also whatch out for the music, it is incredible, it raises the movie 2-3 points,also the performance of sam rockwell is OTW.
this movie touched me more than 90% of all the other movies i ever watched,
however you should know this isnt a movie about action and special effects ( which are good but not the point of the movie ) this is a human movie,
a man looking for a reason to exist.....
the movie is about a single man in a station in the moon supervising the harvesting of some moon rock which provides infinite energy to earth...,
kevin spacy acts as a computer who monitors and helps the human on his 3 year contract until he is returned to earth .
this isnt a mindless movie, it is full of feeling and not in a bad way, i can also strongly suggest district 9 as a similar kind of movie.
Review of Blu-ray version
Set in the near future (possibly the year 2026) and apart from the voice of Kevin Spacey only really featuring one actor throughout, it's about a man who is coming to the end of a solitary three-year stint on the dark side of the moon where the company he works for is mining for an energy source said to solve all the associated problems on Earth.
While it will prompt memories of films such as 2001, Solaris and even Multiplicity, Moon is in a category of its own, with relatively low-tech special effects but a film that focuses on the psychological effects of long-term isolation and the sinister plans Sam Bell's employers have for him. Although such science fiction is unlikely to become reality, it does provoke thought in the viewer's mind as to how you would come to terms with the discovery that nothing in your life to date was true or that you were literally ever a part of it.
As a Blu-ray disc this is a waste of the extra money. The transfer is invisible, by which I mean that it seemed little different from a standard-def DVD. If I were to buy this film (I rented this one), I would by-pass Blu-ray and save a little cash. The musical score was very good but I don't think it was particularly enhanced compared to a DVD.
Extras include a half-hour film called Whistle made in 2002 by the same director, Duncan Jones, which isn't science fiction -it's an amusing and quite watchable little tale of a hit-man using ultra high-tech to complete his missions.
MOON is very good, definitely worth seeing - in my estimation better than Solaris, possibly it's closest peer in concept.