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Moon Review

Now that it’s out on DVD, I was finally able to get a see Moon.  The movie focuses around astronaut Sam Bell, played by Sam Rockwell, who works alone on a lunar base.  There he monitors machines that harvest a mineral called Helium – 3 that has solved the world’s energy problems.  The key feature of the movie is that Sam is alone on this base with a 3 year contract.  The only other type of contact he has is with an A.I. robot named GERTY, voiced by Kevin Spacey.  Some problems arise, however, when Sam starts to have hallucinations and he begins hearing voices near the end of his contract.

The movie shines in a number of ways.  The effects are very simple and straight forward in a way that makes them feel more real.  The base isn’t flashy and neither are the vehicles/harvesters.  They are practical and based off ideas that NASA themselves have considered if they were to work on setting up stations on the Moon.  The cinematography and direction by Duncan Jones really work to capture the feeling of complete isolation that Sam’s character must endure.

Sam himself is the other shining feature in the movie.  Sam Rockwell does a phenomenal job as a sane man who must deal with the insane discoveries that he finds as the story progresses.  Unfortunately I really can’t give anything away without taking away from the feeling the movie has.  You really feel for the character in the film and you can understand the type of psychological trauma that he’s going through by lack of contact.  Kevin Spacey as the computer system GERTY even comes off as a reasonable facsimile of what we’d like to imagine A.I. being like.  True to their programming, but with elements of compassion for their fellow man.

The twists in this film are probably a bit predictable, but you can’t help but love the story and its flow.  I usually really like films where they revolve around only one or two characters, and this is no exception.  I recommend this movie for anyone who like psychological movies, or realistic space films.

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