Moon (2009)

Thank you, Matt Knost.

During the discussion this past week on the Top 10 Show, Matt Knost placed a movie on his list of “Technological Dystopian Future Movies” was a film that I had no idea about.  I had never heard of this movie before, so I checked on Netflix and, sure enough, there it was.  And it had Sam Rockwell starring as well, and I like him as an actor.  So I planned on watching this one, and I am really glad I did.

Sam Rockwell plats Sam Bell, a man alone on a station on the moon, monitoring the outposts that are mining gases from the moon that could allow the earth to reverse the energy crisis.  Sam had a three year contract but it was coming to an end and he was looking forward to seeing his wife and daughter when he returned home.

Of course, there is more than meets the eye here.  Sam has a robot at the station named Gerty (Kevin Spacey) who does all kinds of stuff for Sam.  They have an interesting and strange relationship.  There are several little things hinted at as the film progresses that show you that something weird is going on.

Sam Rockwell is tremendous in this role.  It is one of his best performances that I have seen.  He goes through a plethora of emotions as the situation is revealed to him.  Rockwell was certainly overlooked for Academy Award consideration for this performance.

This is a great science fiction film.  It may be a little slow at times, but I honestly enjoyed that part of the movie.  I think sci-fi has fallen into a trend of being too action oriented, where this embraces the old style of sci-fi.  It is more psychological and thought provoking.  I find these movies every bit as thrilling as the action/adventure films.

I do not want to spoil the main part of the film, which actually does make it hard to discuss Moon, since that spoiler would be a major talking point.  I will say that the relationship between Sam and his wife Tess (Dominique McElligott) is fascinating and heart breaking.

The film looks great as well.  The director, Duncan Jones, certainly has a winner in this film.  If you have not seen Moon, it is on Netflix and it is a great film.  It is a compact film just under 100 minutes and it is worth the time to watch.

Once again, thanks Matt Knost.  Great choice.


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