Movie Review: Moon (2009)

Moon is the story of Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) stationed on the far side of the moon, coming to the end of his three year contract with the company Lunar Industries. His job is to mine the surface of the moon for Earth’s now primary energy source Helium3. Relieved that his time away from his wife and young daughter is nearing an end, Sam is involved in an accident while completing a routine task, and once awakened from the incident he begins to uncover startling evidence that things are not what they appeared to be, and struggles to figure out just where he fits into Lunar Industries’ plans.

To give away too much more about the story would lessen the experience as you watch the movie unfold. The director, Duncan Jones, does a fantastic job of presenting a story that is extremely engaging and absolutley amazing to look at. The atmosphere created here is stunning, and I found myself immersed in the scenery and drawn into the story up until the very last second.

The performance by Sam Rockwell is phenomenal, which is a relief for a movie that requires one person to carry the film on his/her shoulders. The only other voice we are treated to, aside from brief radio contact with headquarters, and video conferences with Sam’s wife and daughter, is Kevin Spacey as “Gerty” the AI computer there to help Sam through the duration of his time on the moon.

Overall, the anchoring performance by Sam Rockwell and the amazing look and stunning visuals make Moon a stellar experience well worth the time spent watching. Duncan Jones has given us one of the best sci-fi experiences in recent memory.

Rating: 9/10

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