Moon

2009-10-22 19:45
 

What it's about:

Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) winds down his last days at a lonely Space Station just before he returns to Earth. But before he does, an unexpected development changes everything.

What we thought:

It’s only well into Moon that you can really decide what genre you’re dealing with. This is important, because along the way, there are flashes of paranoid conspiracy and horror that never materialise into the 2001 meets Event Horizon zero-gravity frightfest that we presume.

It is a movie about people. Or rather, a person, and what it means to be one. Put one in space, alone, and their relationship to the outside world, to others, is far more superficial than they might like.

Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an astronaut about to run out his three-year contract on a Space Station, excited to return to Earth and his wife. There with him is GERTY, an intelligent computer system (voiced by Kevin Spacey) that bears an eerie resemblance to the infamous HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Treading carefully for spoilers, we can say that Sam notices a strange occurence and decides to explore to account for it.

Rockwell makes the most of a very challenging role, perfecting the loneliness of a married man in space, but turning tough and resourceful when Bell’s mission takes an unexpected turn.

This is real sci-fi, folks, stuff that explores the meaning of existing with technology rather than the inside of some fearsome Hive Mother’s lair. On a simple premise, Moon offers great food for thought and a memorable central performance.
An astronaut encounters something strange on his solitary mission at a Space Station.

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