Sam Bell, played by another Sam (Rockwell), is the sole contractor on a lunar mining base and a man on the edge. Nearing the end of his three year contract, the isolation Rockwell’s character faces has taken its toll; video messages from his family and brief interactions with the vessel’s on-board A.I. (voiced by the sultry Kevin Spacey), have done little for his stability. This character could seem shallow if not for Rockwell’s star performance. The contrast between his initial normality and his deteriorating mental state becomes even more vivid than the striking difference between the bright, white interior and the dark, desolate exterior that lies beyond. Rockwell doesn’t over-perform his role, keeping each reaction in perspective and deserves credit for doing so. The choice in taking almost low-key reactions to major plot points benefits the film’s overall impact.
In comparison Duncan Jones’ Moon is both similar and different to 2013’s space spectacle Gravity. Whereas Cuaron’s Oscar winner relies heavily on it’s long, wide, empty shots and its general visual showcase, which it does extremely well, Moon hasn’t the same luxury. Made on just 5% of Gravity’s budget, Moon similarly manages to look beautiful, but focusses on the interior scenes in contrast with the exterior lunar surface. Moon is not carried by how pretty it can look on someone’s brand new 42″ 3D HD Blu-Ray Plasma, it is rocketed by its strong underlining themes and its ability to put the protagonist’s devastating situation into perspective. Gravity works very well in showing similar themes but having seen both, one certainly seems superior in terms of story, plot and dialogue.
The film’s personal take on one man’s journey is carried by the termoil and not by charm or scenery, making this one-to-watch. Rockwell’s stellar performance rockets this sci-fi roller-coaster.
Moon shoots for the stars and scores a triumphant ★ ★ ★ ★
Trailer here; its not the worst but gives away quite a lot still…
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