Moon (2009)

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) could be forgiven for starting to crack a bit after spending three lonely years running a one-man drilling station on the moon.  The real question behind “Moon”, though, is whether he’s actually cracking under the pressure or if there’s something more sinister at work.

It’s really hard to discuss this film without giving it away.  Granted, the “twist” comes early on and the film is more about Bell’s life after the twist than the twist itself – but it still works a lot better if it catches you unaware.  Everything becomes that much more effective if the viewer is forced to deal with the film the same way as our hero – in real time.

Rockwell turns in a phenomenal performance in what is practically a one man show.  Kevin Spacey conjures up HAL in his role as the voice of Bell’s lone robot companion and his understated monotone somehow adds a dimension to the lifeless sidekick.  The one knock on this movie is that it occasionally bogs down.  This would have been a phenomenal episode of “The Twilight Zone” or “The Outer Limits”, but at 97 minutes, there’s just too much down time.

Overall, though, this is a good movie that will make you think and – more importantly and even less common in movies these days – make you feel.

Stars: 3.5/5


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