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This review is from: Moon [DVD]  (DVD)
Sometimes a film comes from out of nowhere that manages to be superb on almost every level. And, as you can guess with an introduction like that, Moon is one of those films.
Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a lonely soul coming towards the end of his three-year stint mining the moon's surface to supply the earth's energy needs, the only company he has being the station's computer GERTY whilst he misses his wife and child back on earth whilst his mind and body start to fray, when one day he crashes into a harvester. He awakens in the medical lab, and investigates a crash site on the lunar surface to find...Sam Bell.
Moon has received plenty of comparisons with 2001, being a haunting and thought-provoking experience (with an underlying tone of far-away conspiracies that are closing in by the minute), and indeed Kevin Spacey's delivery as GERTY is reminiscent of Douglas Rain as HAL, just as the station has the look of the Discovery. But rather than be a mere homage with little or no new ideas, Moon is brimming with them.
Given he has to play two versions of Sam Bell, Sam Rockwell puts in a fantastic performance - indeed, as the sole character onscreen (the other characters you see are on monitors linked back to earth, and they're barely onscreen for a few minutes) he carries the film effortlessly, and both versions of Bell are clearly different but share noticeable similarities, so if there's any justice he'll receive some recognition come awards season.
Duncan Jones, too, deserves credit for making such a superbly-crafted film, which should mean he is known as Director of Moon Duncan Jones, rather than the title of Duncan "Son of Bowie" Jones.
Clint Mansell also deserves a lot of credit for providing yet another of his modern classic film scores, which evokes the loneliness of Bell's existence, as well as the mystery and isolation of the moon itself, and is worth purchasing (if you watched the most recent series of Top Gear, you'll be familiar with Welcome to lunar Industries, which has been used regularly).
An elegant, thought-provoking experience that deserves to be found and can defy words to describe how good it is: That's no comparison with 2001, that's a comment about how Moon stands by itself.