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.
As usual, there may be spoilers ahead. No guarantees of anything.
On thing you have to admit: While big studios like to remake old successes over and over again till it turns sore and people don’t care about it anymore, indie studios (well, even the indie arms of big studios) still manage to come with some freaking awesome ideas for movies. “Moon” is one of those.
It all starts with Sam in his solo work in a moon base. Everything is nice and dandy, although he have to cope with solitude for 3 years. But hey, things looks good, since it’s just about 3 weeks till his 3 year contract ends and he can return to Earth and see his wife and girl. And then, out of nowhere, he starts to see… things. People, mostly. At this point you probably go with a “oh fuck, not another ‘ghosts in space’ movie.” But when Sam suffers an accident and appears back in the base and all the ghosts are gone… something makes you keep going to see what’s going on. And then you think it’s the robot that it’s fucking everything, but you keep going just to be sure. And although the plot is giving right in the middle of the movie and there is no twisting plot in the end, it’s still a very good story with an reasonably good execution, even if you all you see is Sam Bell all the time and hear Kevin Spacey’s voice. And only that.
Character attitudes are kinda weird. While the first Sam seems to keep an attitude of “happy to see another human being”, the second Sam seems to quickly shift into “I’m the original” to “we are all clones” pretty fast. Also, GERTY attitudes also seem weird, even for a robot. He says he’s there to help Sam, but the way he does that sometimes feels more like he’s trying to help Earth instead.
Overall, it’s a very good story, even with the missing plot explanations (for example, what was those hallucinations Sam saw before his accident?) and some good acting.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.