Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Written By: Nathan Parker, Duncan Jones
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
Moon marks an impressive directorial début from Duncan Jones, who also wrote the story. It presents an intriguing idea, and explores its potential fully. An exploration of a character from two perspectives separated by 3 years of personal growth and reflection. A before and after snapshot of an emotional journey allowed to exist in the same time and place. Sam Rockwell’s performance of each version of astronaut Sam Bell, is pretty much perfect. The same actor and character, but two entirely different people reflecting the different stages in Sam Bell’s life.
Moon also presents a solid science fiction story. A mystery. That begins when Sam finds another version of himself. The two must figure out why they are there together, and why they can’t directly contact Earth for help.
Considering the incredibly small budget, Moon’s visual effects are respectable. Thought Duncan Jones wisely keeps most of the movie indoors within the beautifully designed lunar base. The technology on display looks convincing, and the bases robot Gerty is nicely designed. It/he (?) even has a cup holder!
My only complaint with Moon is the casting of Kevin Spacey. I thought his voice was all wrong for this part and I found it to be a constant distraction. What Gerty needed in my opinion was a flat sounding voice from an unknown actor. At least someone not so recognizable.
This is a low-budget, serious science fiction movie. More 2001: A Space Odyssey, than Star Wars. A thoughtful character study set on the moon. It may seem a little slow at first, but it’s worth sticking with.
Visually it’s really good. A HD viewing is recommended.
Best moment/element for me: << mild spoiler >>
When Sam Bell makes a call home to his family. Very moving, and very well acted by Sam Rockwell. Also, Clint Mansell’s score is superb!