Moon (2009)


The last place you’d ever expect to find yourself.

Finally opening in limited release is the debut film from director Duncan Jones, Moon. This movie was one of my most anticipated movies of 2009 when word of mouth about this movie from Sundance surfaced. Now seeing the film, it was kind of a letdown.

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is the lone astronaut in a lunar mining outpost. His three-year long mission is winding down. He is eager to return home to his wife, Tess (Dominique McElligott) and his young daughter, Eve.

The reason for his lengthy stay is to extract Helium-3 or H3, a potent compound that would help out with making a cleaner Earth. The company that he works for has mini shuttles bring the supply to Earth.

Sam spends all of his time on the ship, Selene. GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) is the ship’s computer and the only friend to talk to.

Sam begins to have strange dreams that is affecting the effectiveness of his job. While he was out on a survey mission, he crashes into one of the rovers mining the H3.

He wakes up in the infirmary to the soothing voice of GERTY telling him that everything was okay.

Things turns suspicious when Sam goes on another survey mission and discovers a body in the crashed moon vehicle that looks exactly like him.

The two men try to figure out what is going on. Are they twins? Is Sam hallucinating? Is it something more?

Duncan Jones does a good job with the atmosphere of the piece. The score by Clint Mansell was the highlight on the film. The movie doesn’t look like it was made on a limited budget.

The movie overall is standard. The first thirty was clunky to begin this story. When the mystery revealed itself, I was way ahead of it.

Judgment: This was an admirable effort by Jones, but it could not raise above the contriteness of the plot.

Rating: ***1/2

About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on July 11, 2009, in 2009, Mystery, Sci Fi, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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