Review: Moon

Moon is the story of Sam Bell, the lone worker on a lunar mining base. Not only is he getting ready to go home after working in isolation for 3 years, he may be going crazy. Moon is a solid sci-fi psycho-thriller and I enjoyed watching the story, with all its mysteries, unfold. Sam Rockwell puts in a great performance. Unfortunately, the dramatic tension never seemed to increase and I found the story a bit flat. Even with its lack of high-tension I enjoyed Moon, and recommend it to sci-fi fans.

Rated: 3.5 / 5

Have you ever gone all day without talking to anyone? More than a day? Imagine 3 years. As Moon's story unfolds we're introduced to Sam Bell, the lone worker on a lunar mining base. Not only is he getting ready to go home after working in isolation for 3 years, he may be going crazy.

Moon is a futuristic psycho-thriller. Sam Bell, played by Sam Rockwell, is faced with a situation outside his experience and must try to make sense of it. Writer/Director Duncan Jones does an excellent job of giving us little mysteries that, once solved, lead to further mysteries, and I enjoyed watching the story unfold because of them. Unfortunately, the tension level never increases with each new mystery, making for a flat climax.

Moon is a both an honest to goodness science fiction movie in the vein of 2001 and Sunshine, and a movie where the story is about people, not technology. The moon setting and future technology helped tell the story, it wasn't the centerpiece. This is such a nice change from the usual "science fiction" movie it's worth mentioning.

In a world where movie themes usually bludgeon you over the head, Moon's was too subtle, or perhaps too diffuse. I'm not entirely sure I know what the theme was. Moon is a weaker movie because of this. Although I cared about what happened to Sam Bell and the story had a satisfactory ending, I didn't get a strong feeling of resolution or satisfaction.

Nearly ever other aspect of Moon was great. The special effects and visuals in the movie were excellent, as was the realization of the base computer, GERTY, voiced by Kevin Spacey. There were so many ways that GERTY's "performance" could have gone wrong but didn't. The visual effects for the Moon and mining base never once pulled me out of the story because they looked cheesy or were over-emphasized. Rockwell's performance was excellent, especially considering most the movie he didn't have another actor to play against and he had to play distinctly different aspects of Sam Bell as the story progressed.

Overall I enjoyed Moon. If you like science fiction definitely see it. I watched it with a group of sci-fi fans all of whom enjoyed it more than I did, so I think you'll enjoy it, too.

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