Hey what’s up? How is your Saturday going? I just got in from a pass through Trader Joe’s (milk chocolate covered peanut butter crackers, mmm) that I made on my way home from seeing the amazing new film, Moon. All I knew about this film going in was that David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones is the director, and it stars Sam Rockwell (who was so excellent in Choke). If you don’t know much about Moon, I would recommend not reading any reviews, because the element of surprise that you get from the film as its plot unfolds is so worth it. Moonfeatures some familiar themes of advanced future technology and life on an isolated space station that we saw in classic sci-fi films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running. But I was really not expecting the twists and turns that Jones throws at you in this truly original story. Rockwell’s portrayal of Sam Bell, an astronaut who wonders if he is going insane as his three-year mission on the space station comes to a close, is top notch and finely nuanced, and Kevin Spacey is fun as the voice of the ship’s computer, Gerty. Clint Mansell (Pop Will Eat Itself), who does the soundtrack music for all of Darren Aronofsky’s films, wrote the score. Moon is a very beautiful, eerie and touching film that I am giving two thumbs up!
“Mutants and superheroes are a dime a dozen, but good old-fashioned sci-fi films are increasingly hard to come by. And that makes Moon (in theaters 6/12) a welcome departure from Hollywood’s increasingly effects-driven everyday offerings. Directed by Duncan Jones (a.k.a. David Bowie’s son, formerly known as Zowie Bowie) and co-written by Nathan Parker (son of British director Alan Parker), Moon depicts Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell)’s lonely tenure on a faraway lunar station. A robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey) is his only companion; messages from his wife and daughter are delivered via satellite. And it isn’t long before space sickness – or something even more sinister – takes hold of his imagination. Jones turns out to be a sharp, unfussy director. But Rockwell – who is quietly turning into one of our most gifted and versatile actors – walks away with the film.” From the trailer, this looks like it might be a very good mix of Silent Running and 2001. I plan to see it.