DVD Release Date (UK) – 16 November 2009
Certificate (UK) – 12A
Country – UK
Director – Duncan Jones
Runtime – 97 mins
Starring – Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Set not too soon in the future, a new fuel has been found which is mined from the Moon. Sam (Rockwell) is stationed on a station doing so on a three year contract which is about to end, with only a robot Gerty (Spacey) for company. However odd things begin to happen and after an accident caused by one of his hallucinations things get even odder as Sam is confronted with what appears to be a clone of himself. With a rescue team on the way after the accident together the two of them try to discover what is going on.
Although the story unfolds very slowly it is beautifully shot and you immediately grasp Sam’s isolation and loneliness as he talks to his plants – he is just waiting for his three year daily routine to be over so he can finally see his family. When the clone arrives he is caught between confusion and relief as he finally has some company. The mysteries of the plot aren’t too complex as in some sci-fi, this film is much more a look at relationships than an analysis of technology and the possibilities it holds in cloning. There are also a few moments of quaint comedy from the relationship between Gerty and Sam, but oddly his position in whether he can help Sam uncover the truth seems to change from scene to scene. Apart from this confusion the plot unfolds nicely in this gentle observation tale which is a pleasant watch.
The Sci-fi genre seems to have died off in the current economic climate apart from the guaranteed blockbuster sequels like Star Trek, but this British film seems to have done quite well without massive budgets and effects and deservedly so, although much have the publicity about it seems to have been due to the fact that is the first film from Duncan Campbell, the son of David Bowie. The cinematic release was also very well timed to coincide with the anniversary of the moon landing and the publicity around that, and interestingly the DVD is out the same week as Star Trek – presumably thinking at the sci-fi fans already buying Trek may pick this up as well. While this is no where near the scale of Treks effects its a much more plot worthy watch, and will enjoyed by all sci fi fans. Buy Moon from Play.com