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Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.



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GERTY (voice)
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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 ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kuu  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$136,046 (USA) (12 June 2009)


$5,009,677 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At about an 1 hour and 2 minutes into the movie Sam is learning more specifics to the clone situation as he is listening to the technician on the TV. The technician ends with saying, "Annyeonghi gyeseyo". This is "goodbye" in Korean. This would fit as it seems there's a joint moon operation between Korea and USA as indicated by the name of the lunar station, which is Sarang. Sarang in Korean means "love". See more »


The final time Sam tries to log on to the computer (before Gerty does it for him), the "Access Denied" voice chimes in before he is finished typing in the password. See more »


GERTY: Sam, get some sleep. You're very tired.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, the film copyright is credited to Lunar Industries Inc. Lunar Industries Inc. just happens to be the corporation featured in the film. See more »


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One and Only
Written by Nik Kershaw
Performed by Chesney Hawkes
Published by Imagem Music
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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20 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In short, this is one of the best sci-fi movies I have seen in a LONG time. Sam Rockwell plays it perfect, making the viewer feel his isolation and lonelieness. For a low budget film, the few effect shots work seamlessly. I'm trying to remain spoiler free, so I won't bother to explain the plot. If you like older and more story/character driven sci-fi, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, than chances are you will love this movie. If you aren't a huge fan of sci-fi, take a chance with this one. You may find it a very rewarding experience. I loved this movie, and I can't stop thinking about it. In Moon, you may begin to think that everything is a big cliché, but than with all of the seemingly cliché plot points, Moon changes them into something entirely original and unexpected. It is an excellent piece of art and I have a strong feeling not enough people will see and appreciate it like I did.

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