Movie Review: Moon

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This weekend was a full one. Birthday parties, drinks, sun, and excitement. When Sunday afternoon rolled around I needed to relax, so my friend Ryan and I went to go see a movie. Back in my review for The Proposal, I had mentioned that I wanted to see The Hangover. I had recently seen the trailer for another movie, Away We Go, that had also peaked my interested, but unfortunately Ryan had seen both of them.

We had settled on Public Enemies, but to be honest that looked kind of lame. I convinced him to go see a Sci-Fi thriller called Moon instead.

It’s sort of hard to write a review for Moon. There’s a certain plot point that some may consider a spoiler. One of the major climaxes of the story comes fairly early on in the film, very similar to In The Bedroom. I feel like I would be doing you a bit of a disservice by revealing this information, so I’ll keep it to myself. It does limit the things I want to say about this film, but I’ll do my best to give an accurate description nonetheless.

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First off, I came out of this movie pretty satisfied. It was good, and entertaining once you figured out what type of movie you were watching. It pays a lot of respect to previous space movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, and to a lesser degree Sunshine. The pacing of the movie is deliberately slow. It’s meant to be analogous to the emptiness and boredom of outer-space. This isn’t an action sci-fi movie like Alien, but more of a thought provoking sci-fi movie. There’s no creatures jumping out from the darkness, so feel free to watch tension free.

The simplified plot is this: Sam Bell is working solo in an energy harvesting station on the Moon. Isolated from his wife and young child for three years, Sam begins to feel the affects of his solitude. The monotony of being the station’s caretaker is getting to his mind, and we see begin to see how his breakdown unfolds.

The movies one main actor, Sam Rockwell, gives quiet a good and varied performance. Not unlike Tom Hanks in Castaway. In fact, there are a lot of similarities this movie has to Castaway. The majority of the screen time is on one person in isolation, who passes his time conversing with an inorganic object. Castaway had Wilson the Volleyball, and Moon has the smiley-faced interactive computer, Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey).

I apologize for my constant comparison of Moon to other movies, but it really does remind me of a lot of good previous stories. Which I think only works in its favour. There’s a sense of familiarity when watching Moon, but it’s not distracting.

If you’ve seen any of the movies I’ve mentioned, I definitely encourage you to check this movie out. Unlike The Proposal, seeing Moon on the big screen only helps to convey the vast emptiness of space, and our own sense of loneliness. If you miss its theatrical run though, it’s still worth a rental.