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Moon

Moon

What he said:

He

I have absolutely no idea how I came across this movie. I bet you haven’t heard of it either. I don’t know anybody – other than The She – who has to be honest with you. It’s a shame too, because it is significantly better than a lot of what gets approved by major motion picture studios.  

Take James “King of the World” Cameron’s Avatar (review here) for example. How it was nominated for best picture is beyond my powers of comprehension. It’s a little over two years after it took over the world and the movie is virtually forgotten. Think about it.  How often do you hear people make a reference to it? Star Wars is 35 years old and still a pop culture phenomenon. So pardon me for ranting, I just get a little overworked that a good film is virtually ignored while eye candy like Avatar – and the effects weren’t even that good imo – was treated with insane levels of praise.

Moon is a real gem. It's real science fiction, which is rare today. Most stuff that gets called sci fi is actually sci fi/fantasy. But this is strictly science fiction and a good drama to boot.

Going into this you, you should know are going to see little more than Sam Rockwell for the most of the film. He plays Sam Bell. Sam works by himself on some kind of mining colony on the Moon. The only company he has is a robot named Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Sam’s life is about to change after he gets into an accident while on the job one day. The movie then examines all kinds human rights and life related themes.

You should also know there are no big explosions, aliens, or killer robots. So if a slower pace movie doesn't interest you then skip this one. But if you like movies that carefully and quietly tell a story then check it out. This was a bona fide movie of the year candidate for 2009 that was completely overlooked.

Oh yeah and the SFX are fantastic. This movie looks as real as it gets. It’s even more impressive knowing the whole thing was made for $5 million dollars.

Rating: Thumbs up.

Updated: February 27, 2012

What she said:

She

Moon is easily one of my favorite movies of recent memory.  It had the potential to be severely boring, taking place in one location with pretty much one main character.  But the storyline is surprisingly complex, and Sam Rockwell’s performance as an astronaut farmer on the moon is exceptional.  I’m not going to give away too much here.  Just know that this is a rich psychological sci-fi film.  The movie follows the main character, Sam Bell, around as he prepares to complete his years-long mission on the moon.  He’s harvesting resources to be utilized on earth.  Sam is very excited to be returning to his family, and his former life, but things don’t play out as he had hoped.  He begins to get sick, spooky stuff happens, and Sam has to face a disturbing realization about his life. 

That’s about all I can tell you, but know that this film is well worth your time.  Kevin Spacey voices a robotic ship component that provides some companionship to Sam during his long stay.  This movie has a nice, albeit not too shocking twist, and then becomes an enjoyable character study.  Visually, it looks spectacular in Blu-ray.  A rental for any night of the week.

Thumbs up.