“Moon” is a Duncan Jones sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell (Iron-Man 2, The Green Mile) and Kevin Spacey (American Beauty). Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an astronaut who is finishing up his three-year contract on the moon, where he’s been stationed to gather a substance that has ended the Earth’s power problem. He is stationed with a robot assistant named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) whose sole responsibility is to help Sam.
Sam goes on a routine check up of one of the vehicles that gathers the substance and is distracted when he sees something outside of the rover and he crashes and wakes up in the infirmary under the supervision of GERTY sometime later. Sam awakes feeling as though something is different and what he soon finds out is that the base holds a dark secret that Sam may not be prepared for.
The film is very strange in a lot of ways; it’s very dark, but not really depressing. Sam is a man all alone on the moon who is beginning to go crazy and is seeing things and just wants to get home and see his family, but I didn’t feel sad; I had sympathy for him, but I was never sad or anything, the character accepts his situation which make the audience accept it too. Sam Rockwell was great in his role and I give them credit for going with someone familiar like Kevin Spacey but it doesn’t feel worth the money of hiring an award winning actor to come in and do voice work for a character that shows no emotion or feeling.
The acting from Rockwell was good, but the plot was the best part of this film. The story was so interesting and had one of the better twists I’ve ever seen, which keeps you guessing for the remainder of it. The visuals were great as the vehicles and setting were a nice touch to it because you don’t see as much of the moon as you would think, with the movie being called “Moon” you would think there would be more. GERTY is also an interesting character as you begin to wonder if he’s up to something but you also see him as Sam’s companion and one of the only things keeping his sanity.
Some of the things that bothered me are that I didn’t feel sad about it. The movie takes a very depressing turn but the character understands and accepts situation. It doesn’t seem human that you would give up and accept your situation the way he did, yes he showed some anger and a little frustration at first but he sort of just gives up. The ending does leave some holes and unanswered questions and is that sort of “what do you think happens next?” films (Inception and Shutter Island are good examples), which some can live with but some can’t stand it, but I’m one of those people who finds some benefits out of this, as it leads to a lot more conversation following the conclusion.