Directed and Written by Duncan Jones

Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey

2008, Rated R


It isn’t everyday that a mind bending sci-fi movie is released. Sadly, most of the science fiction movies released today are big, brainless Hollywood blockbusters (Transformers!!!!!) and aren’t complicated in the least. Out of all these science fiction movies, only few really good and smart ones are released. For 2010 it was Inception, For 2009 it was a tie between District 9 or Star Trek, and for 2008, it was Moon.

Moon takes place in the future, centering around one person for the entire movie. This person is named Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and he has a 3 year contract to work on the other side of the moon, collecting a clean energy called Helium-3, and sending it back to earth for energy uses.He is accompanied only by a talking robot named GERTY, who is voiced by Kevin Spacey. Only with two weeks to go, some very weird things start happening to Sam, starting with him crashing his vehicle into a space station after seeing another one of himself. To say any more would ruin the movie for you, so I will not go any further.

Moon is triumphant in a very many ways. First off, it has a compelling and interesting plot, filled with elaborate and eye opening twists. Second, for being an independent movie, it has great special effects, and has no trouble convincing you that this is actually happening on the Moon, in the future. Third, it features a career-best performance coming from Sam Rockwell. If you don’t know who he is, Sam Rockwell is known from being the ever-so annoying Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2 and Zaphod Beeblebrox from the movie adaptation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy . After seeing this movie, I found that he is one of the less appreciated actors in Hollywood as every movie I have seen him in, he hasn’t failed to impress me. In Moon, he does an intense, heartfelt, and excellent performance that carries the entire movie. Once he gets noticed, he will have a heck of a career. Finally, Duncan Jones does a great job in the directors chair, giving off one of the best debuts i have ever seen. I am excited for him to make another movie, as he will have a promising career.

The only thing that could have been improved about this movie is if it had a clearer ending, because i couldn’t fully understand what ended up happening in the last few seconds.

Overall, Moon is a smart, compelling, and engrossing movie that is definitely among the best science fiction movies i have ever seen.

Yoni Gottlieb


Here is the trailer for the movie