July 20th, 2014: Moon (2009)

Cast and Crew:  Kevin  Spacey

What It’s About: Sam Rockwell delivers another in his long line of excellent performances as Sam Bell, the sole inhabitant of a mining station on the Moon, which harvests the element needed to produce clean fusion energy on Earth.  Sam is nearing the end of his tenure on the station and longs to return to his wife Tess (Dominique McElligott) and infant daughter Eve, who he only sees through taped messages.  The satellite up-link is down and greater communication with Earth is impossible.  The loneliness and isolation are affecting Sam and he begins seeing things-or is something bigger going on?

Why Watch it Today?: Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon today in 1969.  Moon is, for most of its run, an excellent sci-fi film that postulates what a future mining operation on the moon might look like, with tight direction making excellent use of a relatively small budget and a one man cast for much of the film-but what a one man cast.  Read my full review here.

 

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2 comments on “July 20th, 2014: Moon (2009)

  1. geelw says:

    This film reminded me of an old game called Echo Night Beyond, which is about a lone astronaut on the moon who’s stuck in a haunted space station and has to not drop dead of fright or get done in by other hazards while trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m not sure if it inspired this film at all, but the similarities are interesting.

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