Duncan Jones‘ first feature film, Moon, starring Sam Rockwell with the voice Kevin Spacey, hits theaters today, June 12th. If I could recommend any film to you this year, it would be Moon. It gets me excited just thinking about it. It has everything, drama, intensity, visual effects, and most importantly a greater meaning for you to walk away with.

What’s funny is that this film is being released the same weekend as The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 which is the exact opposite film. For however pointless and tiresome Pelham is, Moon is equally as meaningful and intriguing.

Check out the good, the bad, and the plot below…

The Plot:

Sam Bell (Rockwell) works for a company named Lunar, mining Helium 3 from the moon. He’s been a faithful employee with no direct contact with anyone aside from a robot GERTY (Kevin Spacey) on board for three long years. In two weeks, his tour of duty is over and he finally gets to go home to his wife and child and retire for the rest of his life. Just before he’s about to go home, Sam starts seeing and hearing things and begins to not feel well. When a routine extraction goes horribly wrong he discovers that things are not quite as they seem and he’ll have to figure out what’s wrong before his contract expires.

The Good:

  • Working the Genre: I am the first person to admit that I don’t like Sci-Fi films because in the past decade or so, the terminology and effects over-ride the characters and more often than not, they come off as cheesy. Not in this film. This film is reminiscent of classic Sci-Fi films like 2001, where Sci-Fi was used to ask greater questions. The character study and moral questions that arise in Moon, are really what this film is about. It let’s the Sci-Fi aspect of it be a part of the film, but not the driving force.
  • The Acting: Basically the only person we see on screen for the entire 97 minutes is Sam Rockwell. Very few actors are interesting enough to watch for that long, luckily Rockwell is one of them. He wins you over immediately with his charm and yet you never know exactly what to expect from him and you are intrigued by him from start to finish.
  • The Story: Often times when you’re dealing with space travel, hallucination, and Sci-Fi, things tend to get confusing. Although you will have moments when you’re thinking “what the f*ck is going on?” you do so in a good way. He leaves confused just long enough for you to feel a pay off at the end, with the character in the film.
  • The Ending: Without wrapping things up in a nice little bow, Jones gives a satisfactory conclusion that allows you to walk out of the theater feeling fulfilled and yet still inquisitive.
  • The Special Effects: Completely believable which to me is completely unbelievable. This film was made for $5 million and yet it could go toe-to-toe with movies with ten times the budget. It’s beautiful to watch.
  • The Directing: I think Duncan Jones is about to be the new director to watch out for. I could say that he’s shown the potential to make some of the greatest films of all time, but if you ask me, he already has. I think that once Hollywood grabs hold of him he will be the next Stanley Kubrick, James Cameron, you name it. From the story and special effects, to the acting and overall tone, this film is great.

The Bad:

  • It’s Not Crap: And some of you seem to love crap movies (that’s right, I’m talking to you Paul Blart fans). This is not a pointless action thriller, if you want that go see The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. It makes you think, it questions you, and don’t get me wrong, it is a fun ride, but it’s not stupid slap-stick comedy that will have over the top action and stupid jokes every 30 seconds. It’s a FILM.

Other than that, I honestly have nothing negative to say about this film. I absolutely loved it. I think it caters to a variety of different audience types and although it may not be playing everywhere, it’s definitely finding and driving a few extra miles to.

Rating: 10/10

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