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Running Time:
1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A touching and improbably intelligent sci-fi film featuring a fine performance by Sam Rockwell.

Additional Info:
CAST:
Sam Rockwell ... Sam Bell
Dominique McElligott ... Tess Bell
Kaya Scodelario ... Eve Bell
Benedict Wong ... Thompson
Matt Berry ... Overmeyers
Robin Chalk ... Sam
Malcolm Stewart ... The Technician
Kevin Spacey ... (voice of Robot )



Moon
Sometime in the not too distant future, mankindís energy problems have been solved by mining the far side of the Moon. A lone astronaut, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), serves as maintenance man on the mining installation. He's in charge of automated harvesting machines that rove the lunar surface to mine Earth's primary source of energy, Helium-3. To help him in his work, Sam has a friendly Robot named GERTY (voice of Kevin Spacey "American Beauty").

Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will soon be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Suddenly, Sam's health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident in his Land Rover.

While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three-year contract Sam started years earlier. Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a "support crew" on its way to help put the base back into order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what's going on and where he fits into company plans. And as we begin to realize that Samís employer, the company, may not have his best interests at heart and when GERTY announces they are sending help, and the clock starts ticking down their arrival time, we realize that real trouble might be on the way.

Unlike many recent sci-fi blockbusters, the emphasis here is on character rather than the production design or spectacular effects. Moon, co-written and directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) represents a return to the more sedate and thoughtful science fiction of the 1970's with ambience borrowed from a multitude of other films of the period. Despite all those references, this exceptional little movie works hard to defy expectations and succeeds admirably. Like a good detective story, just when you think you know what's about to happen, you discover that you donít.

Moon with Sam Rockwell: DVD Cover


 

 







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