Genre: Drama • Sci-Fi
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Duration: 97 min.
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
November's LAMB Movie of the Month is Moon, the debut feature film from UK director Duncan Jones. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival receiving high acclaim, later winning the Best Film award at the British Independent Film Awards.
Set in the near future, Moon is a chilling, minimalist, existential sci-fi drama starring Sam Rockwell who plays astronaut Sam Bell, at the end of a long and lonely three-year contract manning a lunar outpost. His only companion is GERTY, a very HAL 9000-like computer voiced by Kevin Spacey. After an accident while performing some routine maintenance, Sam awakens to discover that his reality is far different from what he thought before.
It's an impressively crafted picture done on a very small budget. The interior set design stands out with its classic space station looks, complete with bright white lights, pristine laboratory like environment, and claustrophobia inducing, geometrically shaped walls. Also significant is the stylish cinematography by Gary Shaw, who captures the clinical feel of the interiors with great use of lighting and wide angle shots; and the accompanying score from famed composer Clint Mansell, which perfectly relays the film's cold and lonely mood.
Though it is Sam Rockwell's one-man-show that really makes it all work, it's a complex demanding role which he handles brilliantly, displaying a wide dramatic range that keeps us riveted for the entire length of the film.
Overall a wonderfully refreshing non-special-effects laden movie set in space that relies instead on an intelligently written dramatic mystery, chilling atmosphere, and solid acting to deliver the goods.
— Bonjour Tristesse