Moon is about Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) as he’s nearing the end of his 3-year shift on the moon and preparing to go back to earth and see his family. Nearing the end of his shift, his health gets much worse and he gets into an accident. He is eventually found and rescued by a younger version of himself.
This is could be the best space movie you’ve never heard of. I was, first of all, impressed by the ability to make a space movie on an indie budget of five million. It had the look and feel of a much larger-scale picture. Sam Rockwell deserves major recognition for his role, however the movie’s most important elements were directing, writing and design.
The set design borrowed many elements from 2001: A Space Odyssey (though what movie set in space hasn’t?). Much of the interior shots were reminiscent of the Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, while still seeming original. Along with the similarities in appearance, the character Gertie, Sam’s computer assistant, is very similar to HAL from A Space Odyssey. They are both computers with calm voices that don’t always obey the character’s orders.
As for the writing, the movie encompassed themes of existentialism and loneliness. It successfully demonstrated a film’s ability not only take the viewer out of their world, but also include themes that are relevant to the world around us. As the movie goes on, and the characters discover more about their current situation, you become attached to each “Sam Bell” individually, which was very well done given that they are externally the same person.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%