Monday, August 31, 2009

The Rover Film Review: Moon


Director: Duncan Jones (Whistle)
Starring: Sam Rockwell (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Choke) and Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, etc.)
Rated: R for Language
Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Moon is a rare and unique film featuring a thought-provoking plot, superb acting, and an excellent soundtrack. Without giving too much away, Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an engineer working alone (except for the computer GERTY [voiced by Kevin Spacey] )mining resources on the moon. Sam is nearing the end of his three year contract, when an accident suddenly jolts Sam, and the plot, widely away from expectations.

What follows is an interesting examination of what it means to be human.


Sam is a clone - the last in a long line of beings created to fulfill a three year lifespan and then seemingly destroyed to be replaced by the next. Memory implants of the original Sam Bell are the only comfort these clones have - keeping their existence hidden even from themselves.

Moon, while utilizing such well-known Hollywood devices as the evil-corporation, manages to break free from convention and deliver an examination of what it means to be human. Is GERTY human? Are the clones? The movie doesn't answer these questions - just proposes them. I would highly recommend this film and consider it the best of the year so far. Duncan Jones, up to now most known for being David Bowie's son, clearly has an eye for issues that reach into humanity - serving as the story creator, a writer, and a director. The film is in limited release and I also thank the fine people at DPAC for bringing this film to campus.


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