The Zero Hour

Reviews, rants and oddities on video game and film culture.

Moon mini review

I went to go see Moon today. It’s a sci-fi thriller, very much in the vein of 2001 and Silent Running. And I highly recommend it to people. It’s the directorial debut of Duncan Jones and stars Sam Rockwell, whompretty much has to carry the film all by himself.

The movie is set on a mining station on the moon. Sam has been alone on the base (except for Gerty, his robot assistant voice by Kevin Spacey, who communicates with smileys in a really quaint fashion) for 3 years, collecting H3 and shipping it to Earth and is 2 weeks away from leaving to go back to his wife and his 1 year old daughter. However, he begins to hallucinate, he see’s a girl both on the station and out on the surface of the moon, the latter causing him to crash into a harvester. I can’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it.

The film rockets along at a good pace, the film has a very atmospheric and has a very claustrophobic feel to it and plotwise, it’s utterly incredible and twists and turns all over the place. I can not praise Sam Rockwell enough. This is his first leading role and he has to carry the film all by himself. Everyone else is stuck behind a computer screen for about 2 minutes in total, whereas Sam is on screen for the whole duration talking to himself, becoming ill and in the early stages of the film, slowly going insane. It’s a tour de force and I really hope he gets some kind of award nomination for it.  It’s a beautiful, emotional, powerful rollercoaster ride and deserves your money. It’s easily the best film I’ve seen this year and is an utter joy from start to finish.

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