Rating – ****


Ironically for a story set on a barren freezing desert with no atmosphere, Moon is a breath of fresh air. The obvious nods to genre classics like 2001 are obvious yet quickly forgotten as the film establishes its own satisfying premise. I honestly anticipated finding the similarities frustrating. For a start, there’s simply no way to improve upon HAL and his expressionless glowing red eye. Instead we get a smiley emoticon voiced by Kevin Spacey, it works well enough. Crucially, Moon has far more going for it than retro set design or paying homage to sci-fi classics. I don’t want to discuss plot specifics as that would deny the satisfaction of experiencing them for yourself. All you need to know is that this is ingenious, thought provoking, gripping, and richly rewarding science fiction cinema of the highest order. In recent years films such as Solaris and Sunshine have tackled this sub-genre with varying degrees of success. Moon is the real deal!

The relatively low budget becomes an asset, the set feels claustrophobic. The beautiful lunar vistas are all miniatures with just the right level of CG enhancement. Sam Rockwell is perfectly cast. He has always been a highly talented yet curiously overlooked actor. He brings subtle nuance and everyman charm to a role worthy of award recognition. Composer Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) continues his trademark of excellence with yet another fantastic score. Apart from a couple of slightly awkward early scene transitions, I find it hard to fault this film. I’d say it’s an instant cult classic. In years to come it will be regularly feature in “best of” lists alongside Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running etc. David Bowie Jr should be very proud of his original creation.

~ by thewholebuffalo on July 21, 2009.

One Response to “Moon”

  1. Top film! Excellent soundtrack.

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