Moon Review

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

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  1. 12th BIFA Film Awards Roundup | Front Row Reviews

    […] Moon, directed by Duncan Jones picked up the Best British Independent Film and also won the the best debut director award. The other film to win two awards was recent British social realist drama Fish Tank, winning Best Director for Andrea Arnold and Most Promising Newcomer for Katie Jarvis. […]

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  2. Jameson Cult Film Club’s St Patricks Day screening of Moon | Front Row Reviews

    […] I’d never been to the Royal Institution before but it’s a very impressive building. The screening was held in the main room which is a semi circular hall that was originally used for scientific demonstrations. The night’s most impressive stunt was pulled before the film started as a spacesuit-clad acrobat was strung from the roof and performed slow space like gestures in mid air. Before Moon started there was also a star studded short film presented; Blake‘s Junction 7. Starring Martin Freeman and Johnny Vegas it’s a hilarious spoof based on the cult Blake 7 television show and a recommended watch if you can get hold of it. As for the main event, Moon proved its worth once again at what was my second screening. (Read the full Moon review here). […]

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