It's hard to describe this solid film by director Duncan Jones who skirts many genres with his debut feature length effort. It happens in space, but does not involve any aliens or the Millenium Falcon or the like. Even the special effects are not of the mind blowing type as it was shot on a very small budget. A space film without the usual stuff I guess is how best to describe it. Is it Sci Fi? Is it mystery? Intrigued? You should be.
Sometime in the future, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell – Frost/Nixon, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) is an employee of the company Lunar Industries. The company is involved in the mining of Helium-3, which is a fusion energy source. It is very important as Earth is in the midst of a serious energy crisis and the tricky part is that this substance can only be found on the far side of the Moon.
Nearing the end of his three year contract, the loneliness (Sam is all alone) starts to get to him. His only "human" contact is with the computer GERTY 3000 (voiced by Kevin Spacey – American Beauty, Pay It Forward) and the odd video messages with his wife and daughter. Sam begins to suffer from hallucinations. While out looking at one of the Helium-3 harvesters Sam has an accident and crashes his vehicle.
At the infirmary Sam comes to and he seems fine. But when he goes back to the site of his accident everything changes. Sam begins to realize that he is not as alone as he thought. You'll be surprised at what happens after.
As a film "Moon" is totally character and story driven. The enigmatic Sam Rockwell does a great job in the lead. He really shows the different sides of this character and makes his emotional battle a realistic one. The twists and turns in the mystery are not there just for effect, but actually serve a purpose. And director Duncan Jones expertly leads us down the garden path a couple of times. He plays our expectations against us to good effect. He also walks the line very successfully between the absurd and the comical. The outcome is an intelligent and mature film.
You can see the influences from other films like "Blade Runner", "Aliens" and "2001: A Space Odyssey", but it is different enough to make it an enjoyable watch.
– "Whistle" a Short Film by Duncan Jones
-The Making of Moon
-Creating the Visual Effects
-Science Center Q&A with Director Duncan Jones
-Filmmaker's Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival