Movie #11: Moon

One thing I’ve learned about indie sci-fi is that it’s usually high-concept. Moon is no exception (though I don’t want to reveal how, exactly). Sam Rockwell stars as Sam Bell, a lowly labourer maintaining and monitoring harvester machines as they glean high-energy elements from the moon. He’s all alone and spends the duration of his three-year contract accompanied only by Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the artificially-intelligent machinery that serves him on the base. One day, Sam gets injured in an accident. When he wakes up in the infirmary, everything about his world changes. I won’t say much more because there are a number of twists in an otherwise mundane (albeit futuristic and set-on-the-moon) story. Even though a sci-fi fan worth his salt would not be shocked by any of the surprises (and frankly I don’t think the filmmakers expected them to) Rockwell’s performance in multiple roles (sorry for the spoiler there) is very good, very realistic and believable. It’s kind of a weird story to tell. I’m not sure how my understanding of life or humanity is affected by it, but it definitely opens some thought-provoking discussions regarding where our future might be heading. (3.5 out of 5)

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