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Saturday, 05 May 2012 at 7.45pm
Science fiction
  • Drama, SciFi
  • 2009
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 100 mins.
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Moon is 97 minutes of some of the most imaginative, clever and even, gasp, touching science fiction in recent memory. The seemingly simple story by Duncan Jones and Nathan Parker involves a lonely caretaker at a lunar mining outpost. To keep the Earth supplied with a rare form of clean energy, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been working a three-year tour of duty. His time is almost over, and he’s eager to return home to his wife. ~~ And no wonder, the only company he has is a robot named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). When he has to leave the base to make a repair, he discovers that his corporate overlords haven’t been honest with him about his assignment. ~~   One of many pleasures from Moon is that the audience discovers plot twists around the same time that Sam does. The jolts become strangely credible on repeat viewings, and Rockwell. It takes a special actor to be able to carry a movie when he’s the only face visible for nearly all of the film,, and Rockwell demonstrates an astonishing range and delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. He’s also unusually sympathetic, so it’s easy to root for him when he tries to turn the tables on his bosses. ~~ Despite the modest resources, Moon is so visually astonishing that it almost looks like it was shot on location on Earth’s oldest satellite. And, as the making of featurettes indicates, some of the effects are so subtle and effective that they don’t look as if any digital trickery were used. ~~ While the film is Jones’s feature debut, he was probably born to make it, as the son of everyone’s favorite “Space Oddity” David Bowie.


Duncan Jones


Nathan Parker, from a story by Duncan Jones


Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey