Moon (15)

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Science fiction

Moon (2009)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 14 2009

We know that Duncan Jones is David Bowie’s son, but, more importantly, is his feature debut any good? The answer is a resounding – if qualified – yes, judging by this 1970s-sci-fi throwback, which, for a modern space movie about the knock-on effects on man of future technology, is unusually thoughtful, good-looking and well-acted. Sam Rockwell (below) is Sam Bell, a nervous lone astronaut on the moon where, at some point in the near future, a corporation is mining Helium-3, now the source of most global energy. It’s Bell’s job to manage this operation in the company of a sympathetic robot called Gerty (one of several nods to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’). When we first meet him, Bell’s three-year stint is almost complete, but he’s tired and unhinged – symptoms, no doubt, of solitude and having to communicate with his wife and young child by taped messages as the satellite is broken…

If that last fact sounds a bit too convenient, that’s the point: all is not what it seems. Jones has created a credible theatre in which to stage a meditative play on isolation and identity within the bounds of wild fiction, the edges of which are curiously blurred. Less is more in Jones’s eye: he knows that big ideas can be lost amid noisy gestures so keeps his drama within the confines of a few rooms, with only the odd, more poetic moment unfolding outside on the moon’s surface. As the film goes on, early ideas about loneliness segue into a more troubling (and confusing) study of corporate exploitation and even – here’s a biggie – what it means to be human, when a second Sam Bell, a clone also played by Rockwell, appears and shakes up all perceptions of what’s going on. The film is not entirely logical, but it raises pleasing questions and looks beautiful.

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jul 17, 2009

Duration:

97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Duncan Jones

Cast:

Sam Rockwell

Voices:

Kevin Spacey

Screenwriter:

Nathan Parker

Music:

Clint Mansell

Cinematography:

Gary Shaw

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Mike

I saw this film last autumn. Time Out's review is way too generous. It beats me why BFI are showing this mediocre film several times this week, and only once showing Fritz Lang's Metropolis - on a Thursday evening. Consider "Le Refuge" (at the Curzon Mayfair), "The Girl Who Played with Fire (Cineworld Haymarket, etc) or something else instead. But if you go and see it, and walk out disappointed, don't say you weren't warned.

GSTheo

After all the high praise I was very surprised by the uncertain style of this movie and GERTY is no HAL 2000 is he? Apart from a rather bald screenplay the art direction just isn't up to the job. All I could see was a film set. I was so uninvolved I didn't even get to the end!

HP

Fantastic. A cross between 2001: A space Odyssey, Ground Hog Day and the novel 'Non Stop' by Brian Alderidge. Absolutely spot on.

HP

Fantastic. A cross between 2001: A space Odyssey, Ground Hog Day and the novel 'Non Stop' by Brian Alderidge. Absolutely spot on.

Rogue

If you've not read the above review then be warned **SPOLIER** Personally, for a little while I was wondering whether the other Sam was a physical manifestation of the darker side of his character - maybe he was going crazy and talking to himself? Do we ever see GERTY directly address the second Sam before the 'revelation'? So the reviewer announcing exactly what he IS would have ruined the film for me. I loved Moon, it was nicely paced, beautifully shot and Sam Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. Definitely worth seeing, although it may not be for action fans.

christian

harrygrep you are spot on.....alonf with let the right one in MOON is film of the year ........time out the above reviewer is souless if he is going to nit pick wha is essentially a thing of beauty ....a film that says so much with minimal seeming effort.....how many other films have acieved that this year............

christian

harrygrep you are spot on.....alonf with let the right one in MOON is film of the year ........time out the above reviewer is souless if he is going to nit pick wha is essentially a thing of beauty ....a film that says so much with minimal seeming effort.....how many other films have acieved that this year............

harrygreb

wow i am so glad i watched the movie before reading this f...ing review. the twist is early but not quite 20 minutes mate...

jcro

The way I took it was that it was a story about the loss of a relationship. He's abusive, she leaves, the world is lost. Note Bell's actual "self" angrily asking "who's asking about Mom"? Too much plot construction and many logical gaps, but a very fine film nonetheless. Ended fifteen minutes late. Three of four stars (five star systems are wrong).

P Gill

Not just me who's annoyed though is it? And many other reviewers got around it.

P Gill

Nice one putting a spoiler in the review. Real hotshot pro aren't you. Ruined it for a few people. Stick to the day job you cretin.

Liv

This film is okay. Not great, not terrible but okay. I didn't particularly care about either of the characters. I didn't care if one of them died. Gerty the robot is disapointingly humanised to an extent towards the end. There are a few plot holes in this story but as a first film it's pretty good (even if all of the themes have been seen presented in a similar way many times before). Unless you're really keen I wouldn't rush out.

Peter

Please don't include MASSIVE spoilers in your reviews. Very enjoyable film, a real throwback to SF classics of the 70s. And great timing for its release, with the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

J

I'm glad I didn't read your review before I went to see this smart and beautiful movie. Your spoiler will have ruined it for me.

madison

i enjoyed sam rockwell's convincing performance and liked the mournful soundtrack. the overall effect is oddly moving. 3.5 stars

Paul

Not often, but I admit I feel asleep in the early part of the film rather bored, woke up a few times and then got into the second half. Had really lost the plot by then and despite being a big fan of anything Apollo and space, this disappointed me. But 40 years ago Apollo 11 was half way to the moon this week, a lot more exciting than this film.