Moon movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DO THE CONFUSING EVENTS IN MOON WEIGH OVER ITS INTELLIGENCE?
Not at all. This psychological space drama is mildly confusing at first, but it’s never pretentious and it’s a very good movie. Moon is clever, crushing, paced perfectly and better on the second viewing.
Astronaut Sam Bell is nearing the end of his three year contract on the moon, working and interacting only with his intelligent computer assistant, GERTY. But during his last few weeks in space, he has a personal encounter that leads him to discover the shocking truth behind his entire mission.
Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Robin Chalk, Benedict Wong
Writer: Nathan Parker
Release Date (Australia): 8 October 2009
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film includes mature science fiction themes relating to mental health and isolation. A character is depicted vomiting blood.
The film contains a scene in which two men engage in a scuffle.
The film contains use of the word “f**k”.
A man asks another man “what are you smoking?”
A nude man’s buttocks are viewed.
The film contains mild verbal references to “getting laid” and contains a brief scene in which a couple remove their clothes as they kiss in bed.
R (for language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The film has a set that’s astonishing to observe, a screenplay that’s ultimately captivating and an ending that will crush moviegoers alike, but it’s all lead by an incredible performance from Rockwell who captures the overall feeling of insanity. Even if you’re not that big of a science fiction fan, you don’t have to worry about complex scientific nonsense that highlight the story. It takes place in a facility on the moon, giving the movie its simple title and genre, but it’s a story of loneliness, isolation and a bit of mental insanity, too.
In moon, Sam Rockwell plays an astronaut who’s nearing the end of his three year contract on the moon, working and interacting only with his intelligent computer assistant, GERTY, voiced by Kevin Spacey. But during his last few weeks in space, he has a personal encounter that leads him to discover a shocking truth behind his entire mission. This is definitely a movie you’ll enjoy more if you have absolutely no knowledge going in, except for maybe a brief plot synopsis that doesn’t detail the inciting incident. No trailers, no reviews and especially no content marked as containing spoilers.
Moon might be a cinematic masterpiece finishing off on quite a devastating note, and some will call it a slow-burner that finds itself in mild confusion towards the finale, making it a film you could watch twice. But if you’re just an easygoing viewer looking for some fresh entertainment with good cinematography, intelligent screenwriting and a solid performance, this is the film for you. It might not provoke as many thoughts as some other sci-fi films, but it’s still a very effective movie with a perfect runtime. The budget isn’t very high and the story isn’t overly complicated, but it’s an amazing movie held together by it’s performances and humane themes.
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