Director: Duncan Jones
Runtime: 97 minutes
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Description: Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY (Kevin Spacey), sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Review: Writer and director Duncan Jones only has a limited budget and decides to get a minimal selection of actors and only a small room to film it in. Sam Rockwell is the lead actor. That you’re completely fascinated the entire runtime is simply extraordinary.
Astronaut Sam Bell has a three year contract with Lunar Industries. His job: get Helium 3, the fuel that Earth is relying on. He does this alone, on the moon. His only companion is the computer GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Direct communication with Earth isn’t possible. He can only send and receive messages. When Sam’s contract almost ends, problems start coming. He gets headaches, lack of focus, which eventually leads to an accident with the buggy.
The plot doesn’t seem that original and not very complex at all. But the film is very solid, has a lonely and isolated feel and is melancholic. The setting is beautiful as well.
A film with only one main character can easily fail, that depends on the actor. Sam Rockwell can easily carry this film, his performance is phenomenal. His character shows a big range of emotion and Rockwell makes it look so easy. Rockwell is one of my favorite actors of the moment.
Where Sam lives a relaxed live in the beginning, that relaxed atmosphere disappears after the accident. There is a good buildup. And the second part of the film is also very solid.
This is a movie that managed to be great while being minimalistic. “Moon” is a fantastic film.
Rating: 4,5/ 5