$2.50 Reviews: Moon (2009)

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Moon

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I wish I could tell you a lot about the plot of Moon. I really do. It would make things a whole lot easier for me, but would also spoil a big portion of the surprise that the film has to offer, and that wouldn't be fair. In fact, I can only get into about the first 25 minutes or so, because there is a plot twist at this point that sets up what happens for the majority of the movie's runtime.

If you weren't aware, the moon looks like this.

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is just about to finish his tour of duty on a space station on the Moon. This has so far lasted approximately 2 years and 50 weeks, so it's certainly time for Sam to be finished. He is told that he will be allowed to leave after 3 years--it is to believe that some sort of contract is involved in this timeframe--and we first meet him about two weeks before said contract is about to end.

Now, Sam's job is actually quite an easy one, apart from being isolated from the world for three years. All he has to do is perform repairs and maintenance. He's up there to make sure that the drilling for Helium-3, the substance that is meant to supply 70% of the Earth's energy, goes smoothly. He is accompanied by a computer named Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey), and that's about the only interaction he gets with anyone else. He gets the occasional message from someone on Earth, but is more or less isolated on the Moon.

At one point, he gets into a crash, and wakes up in the infirmary, being taken care of by Gerty. This is where I will depart from describing the plot, because once he awakens, he finds some things out that he wasn't supposed to. Hopefully this intrigues you enough to watch Moon, as it definitely deserves to be watched.

Here's Sam.

I will say that the stress of being alone for approximately three years has finally begun to catch up with Sam, both mentally and physically, and we begin to wonder how reliable a narrator he is. Not just because he has what seem to be hallucinations, but also due to a couple sloppy edits near the beginning of Moon. At least, they seemed sloppy to me--easily detectable--and they definitely did not seem to be there intentionally, because as the film goes on, the poor edits did not.

One thing that Moon does really well is build up its lead character. While I won't reveal the plot that comes with this characterization, I will say that by the end of the film, Sam Bell will be a different man. He will also be a character that you just might shed a tear for, as there are some truly touching scenes throughout. And if you think you now know how this film ends, wait for just one moment, because you do not.

There aren't really a lot of twists in the plot of Moon, but there don't need to be many in my eyes. The story is kept simple so we can get an emotional attachment with our lead, as well as to allow us to question the ethics of the almost everything that goes on in the film. Is it morally right to have a man live on the Moon, alone, for three months? Would drilling on the Moon solve our potential energy crisis? Other questions would involve spoiling part of the film, but they will go through your mind.

You have no idea how much this movie made it hard to find pictures about ''Moon'', you know, the film I'm actually reviewing and need pictures for.

In fact, what Moon does best is leave you thinking. Things that aren't explained will make you wonder, while explanations given will not necessarily satisfy your curiosity. You will ponder many situations in the film, and even think about how you would react in them. Sam Rockwell manages to, at points, become an empty vessel for you to embody with your own thoughts, yet still makes you care for his character, due to the bond you feel with him.

Apart from the editing issues, which I'm guessing were due to the film's smaller budget, there aren't many problems with Moon. Some of the scenes do look like they are fake, or more old than they should be. It's still a surprise to find out that the film only took $5 million to create, and that is impressive. Even though there are problems created by the low-budget, it usually does overcome them in the way that it keeps you focused on its characters, rather than its scenery. Even though the majority of the film takes place on the Moon, you won't focus on it. Impressive!

Despite being hampered by its low-budget, Moon stays incredibly compelling and entertaining to watch. The scenery doesn't look as great as it likely could, but that fails to matter much when you are so intrigued by the main character you are presented with. Sam Bell develops throughout and is acted out wonderfully by Sam Rockwell. You will grow to care about this character, through good times and bad. Moon is a great science fiction film, one that will keep you fixated on the screen.

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This movie was definitely a treat.

I pretty much fall apart at "I just want to go home." Damn you Sam Rockwell!

DustyDrB:

If you could, please add spoiler tags to your post. This gives away the plot twist that I didn't want to spoil on this page.

Marter:

DustyDrB:

If you could, please add spoiler tags to your post. This gives away the plot twist that I didn't want to spoil on this page.

So much for stopping it.

OT: Hmm...I'm not sure. It looks kinda similar to all these 'space madness' films I've seen. Like Solaris, and that was a fucking insult.

Mackheath:
So much for stopping it.

Yeah...well, at least that person has now spoiler tagged their post.

I really liked the moon, it was something different and unique, not a bland generic film that I would forget in an hour. It didn't have many actors so it was very easy to develop an emotional bond between the protagonist and myself. I'm also glad that the main actor, Sam Rockwell, isn't a typical American movie character (See Avatar) and that he also has quite some versatility and potential when it comes to emotional and dramatic acting. Overall it was a great and refreshing movie and I loved Kevin Spacey's performance in it like I do in all Kevin Spacey movies.

I watched this last Sunday for the second time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's just a fantastic film, and if there are others reading this post not convinced to give it a go just trust me; the film is excellent. Great review, Marter. Are you going to try another recorded review?

voetballeeuw:
Are you going to try another recorded review?

I don't think I will for a while, as I want to wait to get a better mic. I might try my other one, but IIRC, it was worse than my laptop webcam one.

This film was so good I could not bring myself to pause it and go to my tutorial.

I adore this movie. It's hard science fiction, a great character study, and a landmark turn by Sam Rockwell.

Nice review!

I just watched this film for the first time... about a half an hour ago. Man, I didn't get that emotional attachment. I wish I had because this really is a darn good movie, but not caring about the character ruined it for me. Still, nothing beats GERTY's faces. I got a kick out of them when he was confused or interrogating Sam.

Marter:
Is it morally right to have a man live on the Moon, alone, for three months?

Possibly. But three years is a bit of a stretch.

I loved it. As a big fan of NASA, I like the amount of accuracy they took (Mining on the dark side of the moon would leave no visible effects on the side that we can see) and the cinematography was awesome.
I thought Gerty was fun because he was a pretty cool guy.

I cant shot aliens but I dont afraid of anything.
I cant shot aliens but I dont afraid of anything.

Marter:

Mackheath:
So much for stopping it.

Yeah...well, at least that person has now spoiler tagged their post.

Sorry bout that.

 

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