Movie Review: Moon (2009)

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I am a huge fan of sci-fi movies. Of course it started pretty early with “Star Wars” when I was about six. And after that I have seen a whole bunch more sci-fi movies that have just made me love them even more. It especially pleases me when I find a sci-fi movie that happens to be pretty different from other ones. A pretty good example was last year’s “Interstellar”. And today we are taking a look at a pretty different sci-fi movie.

Men and women… “Moon”.

In this movie science has found a way to stop energy problems by mining gases… on the moon! And we get to follow astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) who works with mining these gases. He works there with his AI computer GERTY (Kevin Spacey, hehe… Space-y). But soon Sam’s three year contract is going out and he will get to go home to his family. But during these remaining two weeks he starts to discover some secrets he never thought he would find. And I will not say anymore as this is a plot best experienced. That’s right, I fucking loved the plot to this movie! It was deep, it was suspenseful and it threw a few pretty good curve balls.

The character of Sam Bell is troubled in a few ways and I’m not saying more about that. What I can say however is that Sam Rockwell was incredible! I have been a fan of his for quite some times now but none of his other performances I have seen have been this fantastic! So many little nuances in his performance. He also portrayed a lot of different emotions perfectly. And Kevin Spacey (Space-y… hehe) was good as this AI. When playing an artificial intelligence you don’t have to pull off many emotions and therefore it wasn’t fantastic, but it was still good. What, you expected GERTY to sound like Verbal Kint or something?

The score for the movie was done by Clint Mansell and once again he delivered. The music is atmospheric, haunting and emotional all at once. All thanks to Mansell’s fantastic composition. And the classic Mansell piano makes a triumphant return in this movie!

This movie was the directorial debut of Duncan Jones and holy shit did he make a great first impression. He has perfect control over the camera work in this movie and makes everything look great. The direction is also kind suspenseful. Fun fact: Duncan Jones is actually the son of musician David Bowie… just wanted to mention that. You know what else I can praise? The sets and visual effects. Both of those things were incredible in the movie! The sets look great and had been perfectly set up! And the visual effects were breathtaking to say the least. Sure, “Interstellar” looked a little better, but these were still pretty fucking great. And the writing in the movie was also really good, the dialogue that occasionally occured was great.

This is a pretty well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com the movie has a score of 8,0/10.

Guys… “Moon” has a fantastic plot, a fantastic performance from Sam Rockwell, a fantastic score by Clint Mansell and some of the greatest direction/visual effects/sets I have ever seen. TIme for my final score. *Cough* My final score for “Moon” is a 9,90/10. I loved everything about it and of course it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

“Moon” is now reviewed.

Kevin Space-y… hehe…

One thought on “Movie Review: Moon (2009)

  1. Pingback: Moon / posters + Duncan Jones’ next film, mute

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