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4.0 out of 5 stars ANTECEDENTS ASIDE..., 25 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Moon [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
SPOILER ALERT for much of the following: I came to this movie by recently reading of it in a book about Luna, Louis Proud's THE SECRET INFLUENCE OF THE MOON. In that work, the author gives high praise to Duncan Jones' five million dollar sci-fi indie. Jones wrote the story and directed. The impressive lunar exteriors and the high tech interiors create a convincing mise-en-scene by which a viewer gets a good vicarious sense of being on the actual moon. The movie is also essentially carried on the shoulders of one man, the talented actor Sam Rockwell who convincingly plays the Everyman who can be Everywhere thanks to the callous economic corner-cutting of the corporation for which he works. Of course Kevin Spacey's voice is heard throughout the film, via a computer named Gerty who is the beneficent version of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY'S demented and deadly dangerous HAL. But the heartbeat and humanity in this virtual one-man show comes from Sam Rockwell...and his equally talented clone.

Perhaps it is true that "there is nothing new under the sun" - and now, hurling that pearl of wisdom out into space 250,000 miles further, there might not be anything new on the moon, either. So even though I really enjoyed this movie, I would have enjoyed it much more if I wasn't aware of its antecedents, of which there are many. In the Q&A extras on the disc, writer/director Jones openly admits the influences of OUTLAND, SILENT RUNNING, ALIEN and 2001, even though he says that Kubrick's film was more an influence on his parents' generation! But I'll go back in time and place even further, straight on to THE TWILIGHT ZONE itself, Rod Serling's brainchild that influenced everybody and anybody who ever-after unlocked the door with the key of Imagination and tried to come up with a startlingly new concept and conceit all their own. In another review elsewhere on Amazon I hypothetically trace the image of 2001's mysterious monolith back to the floating door to the Zone, coming at us from the stars in the opening credits of the TZ episodes. Anyway, two episodes from Season Four of the Zone came to me in stark flashback while watching MOON. The first episode was called DEATH SHIP and was written by the late, great Richard Matheson. In it, some astronauts land on a planet and find a crashed ship identical to their own - and in the crashed ship they find...the dead bodies of themselves! Five episodes earlier was the great and classic IN HIS IMAGE by Chuck Beaumont. It deals with a flesh-and-blood seeming robot and his identity crisis when he realizes what he truly is and meets his Maker - his spitting image in true flesh-and-blood. Even MOON's end reflected back on me the ending of that episode, as only one of the two twins survives and makes it back to the real world. (MOON's ending is way too abrupt given its extensive buildup and yells 'Sequel!' rather loudly in the silence of space.) The thing is either Duncan Jones' audiovisual education truly began with the seventies, as he suggests in his Q&A answers, or he caught some of Serling somewhere, maybe during some marathon showing of the show - unless by happenstance he just crossed similar ground in his film. But whatever the source material for this highly derivitive work, MOON is extremely worthwhile. One reason is that it is so refreshing to see a movie, especially a sci-fi one, that isn't burdened and plagued by CGI creatures and explosions and roller-coaster visuals that just bore the heck out of me anymore by their sense-deadening overload, their yawn-inducing overuse and their uncaring destruction of the subtle, the sensitive, the sublime. MOON is about a man, about human emotion - and that is somewhat of a novelty in films nowadays. Yes, MOON truly stimulates the eyeball - but it engages the mind even moreso. And so, to quote the Little Prince, himself an emissary from a distant planet, "What is invisible to the eye."
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2015 13:51:33 BDT
Boris_amj says:
Your review gives a new meaning to "wall-of-text".

Pedantic waffle with delusions of penmanship.

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Boris -

It is a genuine pity that you are so evidently limited and are so stupid as to advertise that fact with your banal comment.

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