Moon [Blu-ray] [2008]

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  • Release Date: 01/12/2010
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (69 out of 71)

Special Features


  • Commentary with writer/director Duncan Jones, director of photography Gary Shaw, concept designer Gavin Rothery and production designer Tony Noble
  • The making of Moon
  • Creating the visual effects

Synopsis


Moon
An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. For three long years, Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar, a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening -- the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues -- but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Sam Rockwell
    Sam Rockwell - Sam Bell
  • Kaya Scodelario
    Kaya Scodelario
  • Benedict Wong
    Benedict Wong
  • Matt Berry
    Matt Berry
  • Malcolm Stewart
    Malcolm Stewart



Overall customer rating

4.6
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Job Opportunity: Alone on the Moon for Three Years

    Posted
    Angel245
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    Sam Rockwell stars in a virtual one-man show as Sam Bell, the lone employee at a lunar mining operation just shy of the far side of the Moon. From this location the Earth hangs permanently in the sky just barely above the Lunar horizon. He is not on the dark side of the moon, since there is no such place. The Moon has day and night like Earth, except Moon's full day-night cycle is a month long rather than 24 hours. Like a rocket launch to a distant star, the story starts out slowly, accelerating constantly until toward the end you wonder how they are going to be able to wrap it up in the time remaining. It is an intriguing character study despite its limited cast, with great acting performances. Moon has some echoes of Soylent Green, featuring a corporation that has devised an innovative way of managing personnel; of 2001 Space Odyssey, with an enigmatic robot co-worker; of Total Recall, with memories called into question; and Monsters Inc., with "scream cans" of energy. The Blu-ray offers great clarity of fine details like the lunar dust and rocks flying from the mining machinery, very believable moonscapes, intricate interiors of vehicles and the lunar base, and realistic physical decline of the astronaut/miner. Audio is understated but very effective, with a minimalist musical score that suits the claustrophobic environment. How unrealistic, I initially thought, that this massive industrial operation on the Moon would have only one employee. But that's the lynchpin of Lunar Industries' brilliant staffing plan. Sam Bell is at the end of his three-year contract, and will be returning to Earth in two weeks. The storyline is simple but intense, and to tell more would lessen the finely tuned suspense. Well worth an evening's viewing. In fact, I watched it two nights in a row.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unconventional Sci-fi

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    STA5248
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    Debut of little known sci-fi director Duncan Jones, this movie is an amazing movie in it's own right. Actor Sam Rockwell does an amazing job and he shines in this duel role as a believable engaging actor. It's essentially a solo act like "Castaway" was for Tom Hanks. Kevin Spacey plays a robot supporting voice actor, and interjects with his quirkiness but provides a subtle supporting role which blends in perfectly. Unlike other sci-fi movies, there are no monsters, explosions, space battles or aliens...but it's more about humans, more specifically a working man and the loneliness/alienation of space. Think "Space Odyssey: 2010". This is unlike most other sci-fi movies out there and actually throws you the plot twist in the beginning of the movie and makes you think about it for the rest of the movie along with Sam Rockwell. You feel what he feels, you think what he thinks. The cinematography is top-notch, and while not a high budget movie, it feels real and as if it's not in the distant future, but could take place a couple years from now. It's not a vibrant movie, for the moon is quite a dull and gray place, but this is exactly why this movie was done so well because it portrays the grittiness amazingly well. The musical score is amazingly eerie, but brings out the inner most emotions and compliments the movie well. Overall, this movie is an innovative, dark, psychological movie which I believe everyone (not just sci-fi fans) should see. This is probably Sam Rockwell's best performance yet. The story is deep and well drawn out, but it's not perfect. It's hard to say what's wrong with it because there's really no big flaws, but it seems like the the pacing was slightly off. Even so, overall 5/5.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, Bold Idea Film

    Posted
    Anonymous

    In the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Duncan Jones directorial debut is a fascinating look at several facets of human nature. And like Source Code, his second effort, Moon is a somber film concerned more with ideas and the characters forced to endure those ideas. Really, I can't recommend this film enough. My only reasoning for giving it 4 stars rather than 5 is because it's tone is such that you won't really want to watch it over and over again. I'll likely revisit it maybe twice a year or so. This is the sort of film to which you really have to dedicate your time. It's not a popcorn flick. It's an artistic work - well-considered, compelling without being judgmental, and introspective. Magnificent film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New and Original

    Posted
    tricktak

    I expected this movie to be good because I've heard good things about but when I saw the trailer I expected a completely different story than what actually happened. It's a movie that can be confusing at times but if you pay close attention it's a very easy movie to understand. It's easily one of the better movies from 2009 and is very original. Sam Rockwell is awesome as astronaut Sam Bell in Moon and probably the best acting performance of the year. It's a psychological type movie that you have to put things together a lot but I enjoy those type of movies like the machinist, secret window, donnie darko, etc. Please give this movie a shot, it deserves it. I rented it and now have to buy it, it is awesome.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent thinker movie

    Posted
    theflik

    I'd never heard of this movie and had reservations as to how good it would be because of that. It's a real mind bender of a movie with some interesting commentary about solitude and the value of human life. I like introspective movies like this. If you like movies like 2001, Solaris or Vanilla Sky, you'll probably like this one. It's not an action movie but the story is well thought out and Sam Rockwell does an amazing job. The score is quite good too. Nothing special but it works well to amplify the mood of the movie. I highly recommend this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thought-provoking sci-fi

    Posted
    wquach
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    With several references to the sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Duncan Jones first film that takes place on a remote colony on the moon is one of the best sci-fi films I've seen in recent years. Sam Rockwell is a one-man show (with the exception of Kevin Spacey as the HAL-like A.I.) that delivers an outstanding performance playing several characters. I won't spoil anything, but you're in for one exciting, introspective, intelligent little sci-fi film.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Who came first, Sam Rockwell or Sam Rockwell?

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    RumHam
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    One of the better sci-fi psychological thrillers. Sam Rockwell is the only actor for almost the entirety of the film (except for Kevin Spacey who voices the A.I. on board the moon base) and the film couldn't have been better.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sci-fi drama with very good acting.

    Posted
    TampaMan
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    I really enjoy this movie. Sam Rockwell plays his parts so well in this. The visuals are awesome as well. Most of it was done using miniatures. Kevin Spacey voices the stations AI system/robot and does a good job. Was surprised how emotionally attached I got to the characters. Watch it!!

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