2009   UK Moon
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Director:Duncan Jones
Studio:Liberty Films UK
Writer:Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker
IMDb Rating:8.0 (86,695 votes)
Awards:10 wins
Genre:Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration:97 min
Duncan Jones  ...  (Director)
Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker  ...  (Writer)
Sam Rockwell  ...  Sam Bell
Kevin Spacey  ...  GERTY
Matt Berry  ...  Overmeyers
Robin Chalk  ...  Sam
Dominique McElligott  ...  Tess Bell
Kaya Scodelario  ...  Eve Bell
Malcolm Stewart  ...  The Technician
Benedict Wong  ...  Thompson
Rosie Shaw  ...  Little Eve
Adrienne Shaw  ...  Nanny
Gary Shaw  ...  Cinematographer
Clint Mansell  ...  Composer
Nicolas Gaster  ...  Editor
Comments: I don't know if the science fiction elements of this reach any hifalutin heights (an Aliens-esque greedy galaxy corporation blah blah, cloning blah blah) but the surface play out of it is fun. The film looks good in all its sparseness, so no complaints there, but the real treasure of this movie is Sam Rockwell. It takes him a while to get going while the film is creating its context but as soon as his place in the world is established and he's split in two, he soars, so convincing in his random deterioration he doesn't seem like he's acting a part as much as putting up with the things that are happening to him. The ending is a little abrupt and if you want this to be some big statement about something you may be disappointed, maybe not, but for a film with one guy in it, it's a great performance piece.

Summary: Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract's entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY's willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own.

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