- Directed by: Duncan Jones
- With: Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey
- 97 Minutes
Without knowing anything about the movie and I mean really anything (plot, cast, trailer, etc.), I’ve decided to give it a chance and watch “Moon” simply because two friends of mine told me to do so. I was told that the story was really interesting and that both of my friends enjoyed it a lot so I decided that it could be a good choice to watch. I was also warned to not watch the trailer because it revealed some key information regarding the story which now that I think about it was definitely a great suggestion since the whole plot is involved in a mysterious atmosphere and the trailer could potentially ruin my experience. So, there I was accompanied by my girlfriend watching “Moon” in the living room, without knowing anything about it and during the whole movie, despite the low pace and some issues that I will mention later, my mind was absorbed into the claustrophobic and mysterious atmosphere that is around the daily life of the main character, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell).
You may know Sam Rockwell from the 2013’s movie “The Way Way Back” in which he plays a really mean guy or from “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” but that doesn’t matter because his role in “Moon” it’s equivalent to Bullock’s role in “Gravity”. “Moon” is a one man show with Sam Rockwell in the center of the stage (well, he is sometimes accompanied by Kevin Spacey who is the voice of a robot called GERTY). In “Moon” we watch the character he plays, Sam Bell, in the last days of the three year work contract with Lunar Industries. In these three years, Sam’s job was to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of Helium-3, the only clean and abundant fuel used in our planet. As the only employee in the lunar station and due to the impossibility to directly communicate with planet Earth, Sam Bell’s company was GERTY, an intelligent computer that was there to attend his day to day needs. But after being stuck for almost three years in an isolated place without human contact, Sam starts hallucinate and his wish to return home to be with his wife Tess and his daughter Eve becomes stronger.
Two weeks before his three-year contract, Sam has an accident at one of the harvesters and he wakes up, injured, at the infirmary inside the station while being assisted by GERTY. With a rescue team on the way to the moon to check if everything is right, Sam travels to the location of his accident where we will find another Sam Bell, injured and unconscious and this shocking discovery is the beginning of a mystery that will put both Sam Bell’s lives in danger.
“Moon” has a curious atmosphere that mixes a slow pace with all the mystery and intrigue that surrounds the lunar station. Although there are some facts that I wanted to see better explained, the main plot conquered me throughout the entire length of the movie. From Sam’s relationship with his family to the rushed ending that was a bit weak in my opinion when compared with the rest of the movie, “Moon” has some notorious flaws that prevented it from being an amazing Sci-Fi movie. For a movie with less than 100 minutes, the rushed ending is acceptable in terms of the length but it was disappointing in terms of quality. When a viewer watches an hour and a half of a character hallucinating and living isolated from the rest of the world with only one computer to satisfy his basic needs of indirect contact, he expects an ending that could be as strong as the rest of the movie was.
Sam Rockwell’s performance is strong and captivating which makes Sam Bell’s day to day life a really interesting topic for a movie plot. Kevin Spacey is also there, most of the times, giving support to Sam as a supporting character that was built with the purpose to help Sam with his chores. In the first minutes I watched Sam Bell’s day to day life, his chores, his hobbies, his talks with GERTY and all this seemed natural and interesting to me. But what really got me in the movie was the fact that without losing the mysterious and peaceful atmosphere, the whole controlled situation turned into a messed up mystery that was really intriguing.
For a low budget movie, “Moon” stands out pretty well… The visual effects are good enough for a Sci-Fi movie, the plot is interesting and the mystery mixed with the quite pace works surprisingly well without boring moments. In the end, “Moon” is a pleasant experience that, despite the poor ending, basically conquered and surprised me. Watch it and trust me, if you like good stories with mystery in the background, “Moon” is a good choice.