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Overlooked film of 2009: Moon


Astronaut Sam Bell has been living on the moon for the past 3 years, taking care of mchines that extract helium 3 from the moon's soil as much needed energy back on Earth, for the company Lunar Industries. Its been a lonely couple of years for Sam as his only companion has been the robot Gerty. Luckily, however, Sam has only two weeks to go before he heads back home. However, the loneliness maybe starting to get to him as he is hallicunating. One of these hallicunations puts Sam into an accident that knocks him unconscious. Sam later wakes up in the infirmy, being looked after by Gerty. Something doesn't feel right though so Sam sneaks back to the accident site to investigate. There, he makes a shocking discovery. If there has been a 2009 film that has been grossly underseen, it is Moon. Moon is a wonderful exercise in science-fiction that sparked multiple emotions out of me as I watched it. The film is expertly and wonderfully directed and written by first time director Duncan Jones (son of singer David Bowie)who creates his own fantasticlly original story and at the same time homages back to the great British science-fiction films of the 60s. Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell pulls off a great feat in his acting for this film that has helped me gain new respect for him, and Kevin Spacey was a nice treat as the voice of the robot Gerty. The set of the film was surprisingly simple yet effective as it made me feel very cramped and alone as I watched this picture and Rockwell does such a nice job that by the end, my heart was beating and I strongly identified with Rockwell's character, wanting him to succeed. This film is a real delight and I can't wait to see what Duncan Jones has next in store. Overall, 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5 for Moon.

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