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Thursday, August 13, 2009


In the near future, man has found a plentiful supply of clean energy. H3 on the moon can be harvested by giant machines and transported to Earth, safely powering the world. However, this means an isolated existance for engineer Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), who lives alone in a station on the moon, with only a computer for company (voiced by Kevin Spacey).

The solitary life is compounded by the fact that the station has no live link to Earth. Instead Sam relies on prerecorded messages. His health is deteriorating but Sam is upbeat. He's coming to the end of his three year contract and will soon return to Earth to his wife and daughter. In the middle of a hallucination while driving a lunar vehicle, he collides with one of the roaming harvesters, thus starting in motion a series of events that will change his life. He wakes up in the station infirmary, but soon realises that things are not as he thought they were.

Moon is a beautifully crafted film, filled with quietness. It captures the enormity and isolation of space magnificently. It's eerie yet funny and will remind any earnest movie-goer of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There's a refreshing realness about the film and a great performance from Rockwell. It is simply one of the most enjoyable films that I've seen in recent times.

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