Moon, made for less than $5million, is an extraordinarily assured debut by Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie. Using the conventions of science fiction, it explores what it means to be human and how far humans will go to safeguard their way of life. It is set in the near future, in an industrial unit on the moon owned by Lunar Industries which mines helium-3 for use back on Earth as a prime source of energy.
Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, the only person in the facility, who is nearly at the end of a three-year contract. His only companion is GERTY, the supercomputer voiced by Kevin Spacey (just one of the parallels with Kubrick’s 2001), and his only contacts with Earth are the video messages he sends to his wife and baby daughter, the live link apparently broken. Three years is a long time in such isolation and the cracks are beginning show.
Jones plays with the notions of identity, individuality and memory. He says, “It’s taking a normal, solid, believable human being and asking what would the strains be if you put them into a different setting, a really extreme setting. The scenario is in some ways less important than what the film is actually about, which is can you face yourself? Do you like yourself enough to be able to look in the mirror and say I’m actually a decent guy?”
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey and Dominique McElligott
Duncan Jones | UK | 2009 | 93 minutes | 15
Weighted vote 63.6%