Jan. 11th, 2010

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I just watched one of the best movies I have ever seen. So much so, that I feel the need to review it, or discuss it at length and talk about how much of a fantastically awesome movie it was. I need it. So I can be depressed and watch it over and over until the disk breaks.

Moon (2009) || Starring : Sam Rockwell || Directed by : Duncan Jones

||Sam Bell works, alone, on the far side of the moon, harvesting the energy that powers 70% of the world. And all he wants to do is go home. He cannot communicate in real time with Earth, and only has a robot, GERTY, for company. Nearing the end of his three years of solitude, he starts to hallucinate.

Sam gets into an accident caused by one of these hallucinations, and when he awakes, he learns that he is not alone. ||

Moon manages to do everything right. They created a set that made the viewer feel just as trapped and alone as Sam. They created a beautiful soundtrack that lulls you into the movie, never distracting from the plot, but never unfelt throughout the story. And Sam Rockwell is simply phenomenal. I am not one to preach about who should earn awards, but he did such an amazing job, especially during scenes that I cannot divulge due to spoilers. He played the character so well, and so perfectly. You felt for Sam, and you were concerned about him throughout the length of the story.

The film did a masterful job of setting up it’s little moon world as well. There is one actor in this movie practically, and he performs exceedingly well, and by doing so, it creates a feeling of solitude that I haven’t felt before in movies of a similar theme (I’m looking at you Solaris). The details that are put into the set are amazing, with dirt on the floor, smiley faces on the shower counting down Sam’s last three weeks on the moon base, and the white, but not sterile, rooms. The director also did a magnificent job with GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), just creepy enough to be scary, but comforting enough where the viewer starts to rely on it as a crutch, even if it harkens back to HAL of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The lunar landscape was so grey and the soundtrack for those scenes flowed beautifully.

To make it even more awesome, the director actually thought about his mini universe. He presented this movie to NASA, and how many movies that are SciFI do that? When asked why the base is on the far side of the Moon harvesting He3, versus the Earth-side of the moon which is more abundant in He3, he had an instant answer, stating that they didn’t want to interfere with the wildlife. When asked about the lunar base itself, it’s bunker like design and sturdy look, he replied that he thought it made more sense that the astronauts would build the base out of the lunar surface, rather than bring a whole space station from earth. Another viewer at the same showing was currently working on something similar, concrete that could only be made from lunar dust.

Overall, it was simply one of the better movies I have seen in a long time that did not get a lot of press, did not get a lot of guts and glory and flashy TV ads. It was simply amazing, and is in my top 20 movies for sure, whenever I get around to that list. I mean, I may even need a userpic for this movie. 

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: "Listen, uh, I wanted to thank you. I wanted to thank you for, uh, if it wasn't for you I guess I'd still be in that crashed rover. You saved my life. I know this is weird, I'm real lonely, I just wanted to shake your hand. Would you shake my hand?" ~Sam Bell from Moon (2009)

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