First, I know I am late to the game on a recommendation for this two year old movie but I was fortunate to watch Moon this weekend. I had heard a lot of buzz about the new director Duncan Jones (Source Code) and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I was not disappointed but instead stuck with a film that I cannot get out of my head.
Moon is one of the best science fiction movies that I have seen in a long time. Opposed to focusing on grandiose special effects the movie takes great care to tell a compelling story with superb acting from Sam Rockwell and the vocal talents of Kevin Spacey. For a reported budget of $5 million, Jones created a picture that looks like it cost a lot more.
The 2009 film starts off with a great opening sequence and continues to propel the audience forward with interesting twists and turns. I don’t want to ruin this recommendation with spoilers so I will provide a very simplified synopsis:
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.
Special features on the Blue-ray Include:
– A commentary from Writer/Director Duncan Jones and Producer Stuart Fenegan
– Commentary from Duncan Jones, Director of Photography Gary Shaw, Concept Designer Gavin Rothery, and Production Designer Tony Noble
– The Making of Moon Featurette
– Creating The Visual Effects Featurette
– Whistle: A short film directed by Duncan Jones
– Science Center Q&A With Director Duncan Jones
– Featurette, Filmmaker’s Q&A At the Sundance Film Festival
– Moon Theatrical Trailer
If you are looking for a rare, intelligent, poignant science fiction film, then go to Redbox or Netflix right now and rent Moon.