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Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon. Alone with only the base's vigilant computer Gerty (voiced by Oscar-Winner Kevin Spacey, 1999 Best Actor, American Beauty) as his sole companion, Bell's extended isolation has taken its toll. His only link to the outside world comes from satellite messages from his wife and young daughter. He longs to return home, but a terrible accident on the lunar surface leads to a disturbing discovery that contributes to his growing sense of paranoia and dislocation so many miles away from home. Moon is an engrossing, intelligent sci-fi thriller that ranks with genre classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Science fiction can encompass many genres--suspense, horror, action-adventure, romance, even comedy--but director Duncan Jones's Moon doesn't fit neatly into any of them. This smart, provocative film has no aliens or cool spaceships, and the effects (mostly consisting of model vehicles lumbering across the lunar surface) aren't all that special; instead, the material is character- and story-driven, centering on an excellent, multilayered performance by Sam Rockwell. The scene is some undetermined point in the future. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an employee of Lunar Industries, the company responsible for mining a fusion energy source called Helium-3, which is vital to Earth's efforts to reverse a serious energy crisis and can only be found on the far side of the Moon. Sam is all by himself, and as he nears the end of his three-year contract, the solitude is starting to get to him ("Three years is a long haul," he says. "Way, way, way too long. I'm talking to myself on a regular basis"); his only contact with his wife and daughter back home comes through the occasional video messages he exchanges with them, while his sole interaction on the Moon is with GERTY 3000, a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey (and an obvious parallel to 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000). Things start to go seriously sideways when Sam crashes his vehicle while out inspecting one of the giant Helium-3 harvesters. He comes to in the base infirmary, seemingly none the worse for the wear; but an unnerving surprise awaits him when he goes back to check out the accident site, and the resulting complications occupy the rest of the movie. Fans of 2001, Solaris, and other cerebral sci-fi will enjoy figuring out what's going on; others will find it slow-moving and tedious. Either way, Moon, which was made quickly and on a relatively low budget, is well worth a look. --Sam Graham
I don't usually watch this kind of movie, I'm more like a person who like to watch funny comedies, actions, everything that makes me feel happy and exciting, and it is the reason... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chan Chi Chin
Stumbled onto this jem the other day on cable. Well-written, well-acted, well-conceived, well-worth watching. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sam Rockwell is amazing. There are a few well-planned twists in this one. I remained intrigued the entire film.Published 10 days ago by Robert A. Avila
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|Does this come with the jacket case?||
i want to know this too, does it have its slipcover? Amazon should really state this....
Apr 23, 2012 by Leon Lau | See all 3 posts
|Any word on a soundtrack release?||
The soundtrack was released awhile ago, found mostly in the UK, but you can also find it in import stores here on Amazon. Got my copy for a little over 16. Hope this helped....
Mar 15, 2010 by Matt Ferrante | See all 2 posts
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Jan 27, 2010 by BCCA | See all 2 posts
Many major movies are already well below $20 on BD at release. The new Harry Potter BD was an incredible $14.99 on Amazon when it was released, District 9 was $18.99 as were Inglorious Basterds, and Public Enemies. All of those were in the last few months, and so we will have to wait a little... Read More
Jan 9, 2010 by Timmy K. | See all 6 posts
|40 Years Ago Today, Man on The Moon||
Anyone who thinks the moon landings were faked isn't in touch with reality. There is SO much evidence that we did go that its insulting to ones intelligence. But then again even morons have free speech. And phoong dan you ignoramus there is no atmosphere on the moon. As far as computer tech goes,... Read More
Feb 27, 2011 by Chet Fakir | See all 8 posts
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