Moon [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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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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I bought this on a whim, as a gamble, and I feel that it paid off handsomely in a movie that can be watched more than just the once, and in its sparse setting still manages to pull out new facets of the story each time through. I like it for the journey - rather as I like 2001 and 2010 - it's a real trip.
The plot of the film is pretty basic and is easily one of its charms. The people of Earth have found a new energy source on the moon, to harvest this energy the moon is manned by one person, Sam Rockwell. Now at the end of his tour, he ends up in an unfortunate accident that causes an interesting twist. One that plays out for the rest of the film.
It really isn't hard to follow at all and to some people it might be predictable. But the way it all unfolds is where the excellence lies. The pacing is absolutely perfect with one event happening and the movie quickly moving onto the next without feeling rushed or sitting on one specific section long enough that it becomes repetitious.
The acting by Sam Rockwell is top quality. The man is a really underrated actor in my opinion with Moon being one of his most under appreciated roles. *SPOILER ALERT!!!* The contrast between the two characters he plays is done with a lot of care. The fact that the film is simply two clones interacting with each other is interesting, especially considering how well it was done. Rockwell manages to give both individuals a similar personality with strikingly different character traits. The older of the two is more down to earth, laid back and perhaps humbled by his three years alone on the moon. The younger character however is angrier, quicker to lose his temper and is eager to rush into dangerous situations. The chemistry of the two provides the movie with great intensity, light humour and some really good heartfelt moments.
Visually, this is a beautiful film. There isn't too much in the way of big grand scenes. A majority of the film takes place in this dark dingy compound whilst most of the big effects scenes take place on the lunar surface. Lots of grey sand and rocks with a big starry background as a miniature model of the vehicles traverses the environment. It is very bleak but looks fantastic, especially on bluray.
There isn't a lot to dislike about this film in my opinion. I found it very charming, very unique for its time and has everything I like in a good sci-fi movie of its kind. Those who liked The Martian should without a doubt enjoy this film as much or even more so. For the cheap price, it is hard to complain.
This is very much a one man show, about a man named Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) who supervises alone a robotic helium3 mine on the hidden face of the Moon. He signed the contract for three years and as the time passes by he starts to wonder if he didn't overestimate his capacity to endure loneliness and isolation. He misses greatly his family as he receives only occasional messages from his wife left on Earth (the communications suck most of the time, no matter how hard he tries to fix them). In fact his only "companion" is central computer GERTY, a very powerful AI communicating with voice of Kevin Spacey. Still, as the end of his contract approaches, Sam soldiers on. Then, one day, something unexpected happens...
"Moon" is a slow paced, low drama film - but it is never boring, even for one minute. Sam Bell is a brave fellow with whom it is easy to identify and symphatize and GERTY is a pretty rare thing in SF films - a really nice and even compassionate Artificial Intelligence... Their conversations and other interactions are a pleasure to watch. The scenario is strong and quite moving. The ending, always the most difficult point, is also pretty good, although I personally would change the last 15 seconds of the film, to make it even better and even more powerful - but it is a purely personal point of view. Special effects are definitely NOT the center of this film, but they are very honest.
So all in all this is, let's say it again, a very, very good SF film, in which tension is masterfully created by a smart scenario and smoothly delivered with deceiving calm by the compassionate voice of a very nice computer... I am very happy that I bought and watched this DVD and it is definitely a keeper! See "Moon", listen to GERTY and enjoy!
I hadn't even heard of this movie, so I didn't hold much hope, but I really enjoyed this movie.
It was original and unpredictable to the end. This psychological space drama doesn't reply on aliens ready to rip you face off or plot elements provided solely so they can be blown up. Instead it examines what it means to be alive,
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