Film Review: Moon

Moon is the story of an astronaut nearing the end of a three year mission on the dark side of the moon. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been on the Moon for almost 3 years and he really wants to get back to home to his wife and kid on earth.

He’s been living in total isolation with no real time communications for 3 years so has gone a bit loopy, his only company is his robot caretaker “GERTY” (Voiced by Kevin Spacey). GERTY is s work of genius, a believable robot with echos of HAL from 2001 with a screen that shows emoticons that evoke how the robot is feeling, it’s really well done and Spacey is spot on at playing an emotionless robot.

Anyway without wanting to ruin the film for you, suffice it to say that hijinks ensue, leading Sam to many existential questions. It’s not as trippy as 2001 but I’d say that this film is definately old school Sci-Fi for a new generation. The plot is rock solid, the acting is amazing, and the characters are believable. What more could you ask for.

A word of warning, don’t read any synopsis’ of the film as it will ruin the film for you, it’s best to go into this film knowing as little as possible and just experiencing it for what it is.

A little bit of trivia that I found out while reading the Metro today: Duncan Jones the writer/director of Moon is also known as Zowie Bowie, thats right he’s David Bowie‘s son.