Sam Rockwell plays the role of Sam Bell, essentially the caretaker for Lunar Industries’ moon mining operations. Alone on the moon and nearing the end of his three year contract, Sam has only had the soothing tones of Gerty, his constant companion and helper – voiced with perfection by Kevin Spacey – to keep him company. But Gerty is nothing more that a robotic computer, programmed by the corporation. Communication with earth is all but non-exhistant due to a failure with the communications satellite.
Things however start to spin out of control when Sam has an accident and Gerty has to rescue him.
With the end in sight, Sam is close to loosing his mind. Possibly he already has.
Sam Rockwell carries Moon, without his performance the film would be -literally – nothing. It’s one of three things writer and director Duncan Jones does right. The second is casting Spacey as the voice of Gerty and the third is the story itself.
A hat-trick is normally a good thing, and if you’ve heard nothing about Moon, then you’re in for a treat. Stop reading right now and go out and rent or buy Moon.
If however you’re like me, and you’ve been wanting to see Moon for some time, you’ve heard all about the amazing twist at the end, then you’re going to be disappointed. Disappointed because the twist isn’t at the end, it’s half way through, and it’s not a huge surprise.
To be honest, it doesn’t have to be a huge surprise, the film works well on it’s own merit, but if you go into it thinking its going to pull an amazing twist right at the end that will leave you gasping for air, you’ll be sorely disappointed and left scratching your head.
What Moon is, is a brilliant human drama that takes an interesting look at human ethics, and the Sam Rockwell/Kevin Spacey partnership is pure magic.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: March 1st, 2010
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Robin Chalk
Length (Minutes): 93
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Hindi, Spanish
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Jones, Duncan