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Moon (2009)

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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.

Director:

Duncan Jones

Writers:

Duncan Jones (story), Nathan Parker
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Cast

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuu See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,046, 12 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,009,677, 15 November 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,760,104, 19 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As part of the presentation of the movie at NASA, the director was asked about the sturdy, bunker-like design for the base. The director explained that he thought that astronauts would build the base using material dug out of the moon itself, instead of bringing a habitat with them and placing it on the surface. As it happened, one of the other audience members was working on "mooncrete", which as she explained to the director is a concrete-like material that could be made out of rocky "regolith" on the lunar surface. See more »

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After the fight scene, when second Sam drops first Sam out of the headlock, the first Sam places his right hand on the ground, and it does not have the bandage that he was wearing moments before. Seconds later it's back again. Before the drop first Sam's palm full of blood can clearly be seen, before he brings his hand to his nose, and his nose is not bloody until he does. See more »

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GERTY: Sam, I can only account for what occurs on this base.
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The letters in the credits at the beginning of the movie, are sitting parallel to the surfaces that are shown and are also casting shadows/reflections on these surfaces. See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.10 (2011) See more »

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Welcome to Lunar Industries (Three Year Stretch)
By Clint Mansell
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A worthwhile one-man show
12 June 2009 | by mike-1145See all my reviews

Originally posted to titsandgore.com, April 2009:

Moon is an auspicious debut from Duncan Jones (née Zowie Bowie), a talented new director who happens to be the son of David Bowie (let me officially be the first person to predict that every review of this film in the mainstream press will have the tagline "SPACE ODDITY!"). Sam Rockwell gives a truly remarkable performance as Sam Bell, a lunar miner who is nearing the end of his 3-year contract at a single-man mining outpost. His only companion is the station computer, Gertie, a straight-up HAL homage that tantalizingly suggests how a culture informed by decades of watching 2001 might choose to design a companion robot.

To say too much more about the plot would be to spoil its central conceit, and while I'm sure many reviewers will talk openly about it, I want to preserve the surprise if at all possible at least until the film gets its theatrical release this coming June.

Suffice it to say that Jones admirably mixes together stock genre tropes, paying tribute to a number of classic science fiction features while retaining his own idiosyncratically dark vision. Familiar filmic concepts of the "clean future" and the "dirty future" are mixed together to create a unique atmosphere; the milieu is suitably claustrophobic, the cramped quarters of the mining station serving the film's conceptual purposes while masking the shoestring budget. In fact, it may be hard to spare a glance at the meticulously designed sets with your eyes glued to Rockwell for the duration of the picture. His performance is utterly mesmerizing, inhabiting the role so completely that it is impossible to imagine any other actor having the chutzpah to pull it off.

Which is not to say that Moon is without its problems; the pacing is hardly consistent and Jones' reliance on Rockwell tends to undersell his direction. Parts of the film veer dangerously close to identical thematic elements in Steven Soderbergh's recent adaptation of Solaris, without being as emotionally potent. But what it lacks in originality is mostly compensated for by the sheer audacity of its central performance and the careful economy of its direction.

Moon may be dressed in familiar clothing, but it is a singular experience, a clever, darkly funny and genuinely moving journey into the nature of individuality. Jones is already at work on a second science fiction feature, and it is welcome indeed to see such a promising new talent continue to develop his voice by working in genre film-making!


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