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.

Director:

Duncan Jones

Writers:

Duncan Jones (story), Nathan Parker
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Complete credited cast:
Sam Rockwell ... Sam Bell
Kevin Spacey ... GERTY (voice)
Dominique McElligott ... Tess Bell
Rosie Shaw Rosie Shaw ... Little Eve
Adrienne Shaw Adrienne Shaw ... Nanny
Kaya Scodelario ... Eve
Benedict Wong ... Thompson
Matt Berry ... Overmeyers
Malcolm Stewart ... Technician
Robin Chalk ... Sam Bell Clone
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Storyline

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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250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face...is yourself See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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The film opens with a line "Where are we now?". This also happens to be the title of a 2013 song by David Bowie, director Duncan Jones's father. See more »

Goofs

When Sam first launches a full canister of helium-3 back to Earth, he repeatedly hits two keys at a time while punching in the launch code. See more »

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[first lines]
Sam Bell: [voiceover] There was a time when energy was a dirty word. When turning on your light was a hard choice. Cities in brown-out. Food shortages, cars burning fuel to run. But that was the past. Where are we now? How do we make the world so much better? Make deserts bloom? Right now we are the largest producer of fusion energy in the world. The energy of the sun trapped in rock, harvested by machine from the far side of the moon. Today we deliver enough clean-burning helium-3 to supply ...
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Crazy Credits

The fictional company which owns and operates the lunar base is called Lunar Industries Ltd. As a nod to this, the production company used to make the movie is also called Lunar Industries Ltd (UK Companies House company number 06346944), whose company directors are Duncan Zowie Hayward Jones (the movie's director) and Stuart Douglas Fenegan (one of the movie's producers). See more »

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Features The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) 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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Nothing short of astounding
24 June 2009 | by breaknthrughSee all my reviews

This was the best movie I have seen in a very in a very long time and immediately jumps into my favorite movies ever. MOON puts a relatable human touch on an intriguing and deep sci-fi story that, while it originally appears to be taking the path of 2001 Space Odyssey, is a unique adventure. Sam Rockwell puts on a spellbinding performance and Kevin Spacey's GERTY voice-over is eery and excellent. I have never seen a movie that had me so engrossed and intrigued from beginning to end. Some may say the film starts slowly but I found the first half hour to be an important and gripping portrayal of what it would mean to be alone in space, without which the movie would not be as effective. I don't want to ruin the plot so I wont go into further detail. As an avid movie watcher who is not a sci-fi buff I would recommend this movie to anybody who wants to see a movie that will take over their lives for 2 hours and have you leave the theater wanting to do nothing but discuss how beautifully layered it was.


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UK | USA

Language:

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,046, 14 June 2009

Gross USA:

$5,010,163

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,760,107
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2.35 : 1
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