Moon is a sci-fi film directed Duncan Jones. It follows Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell) who has been posted on the Moon for 3 years to mine helium-3 for Lunar Industries. As he is nearing the end of his shift, he starts to hallucinate and enter into a deranged state of mind. That is, until he uncovers a shocking revelation about himself and Lunar Industries.
The film starts off by introducing Sam Bell going about his daily routine in the pristine lunar base. He is accompanied by GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the intelligent computer that assists Sam in running the mining base. When Sam is about to finish his 3 year stint, he shows signs of paranoia and starts to hallucinate. After a terrible accident caused by a hallucination, he uncovers the work of Lunar Industries which raises questions about himself.
Sam Rockwell gives a great performance as this paranoid astronaut who realises that all isn’t what it seems. His whole world gets turned upside down when ‘someone’ reveals to him that he isn’t all that he is meant to be. Everything he’s known and loved isn’t what it seems. This causes the audience to question some of the things that they are seeing and who Sam Bell really is.
Duncan Jones directs his debut film with great steed with a great screenplay that he co-wrote. There are obvious references to Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. GERTY will delight film fans with the eloquent voice of Kevin Spacey but far more friendlier than HAL 9000. His emoticon screen is so adorable! During the film, there are great shots of space just like in 2001 accompanied by a Clint Mansell score. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is also referenced.
The whole feel of the film reminds me of 2001 and other great sci-fi classics. The great story will keep the viewers hooked. The only problem with the film is that it may seem slow and some may feel the tension just isn’t there. I did find this a problem and felt the story could have been changed so that the tension builds up gradually.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film and found the story really touching and engaging. I wholly recommend this film and it is a definite must have for any sci-fi lover. You’ll enjoy Rockwell’s performance, the 2001 references and the great story. Oh, and GERTY a.k.a Kevin Spacey.