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Science Fiction - Moon - Sam Rockwell

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Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Directed by Duncan Jones
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2009
97 minutes

Moon is a science fiction DVD real sf fans are going to love. If you are not a true fan of the genre and only really enjoy your science fiction when there are aliens and stuff blowing up, Moon is not going to be something you are going to like. Not that this is not a good movie, it certainly is, but you really do need to be into the genre to appreciate it. Normally, we put up the trailer for you to see but it reveals way too much.

Moon proves you do not need a big budget and killer CGI to make a really good movie, science fiction or otherwise.

Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell. Sam is at the end of his solitary three-year stint on a moon base. He works for a company that harvests moon rocks for energy. His sole companion is Gerty, the base computer. Sam and Gerty bear a resemblance to Dave and HAL 9000 from 2001 A Space Odyssey but that is but a nod; Moon is much more complex than that.

Sam being the only character in Moon, it is obvious this is a character driven story. The story here is very interesting, again if you are really into science fiction, and raises quite a few issues. Saying more about what issues are raised would spoil some of the surprises.

There are a few unexplained minor elements in Moon such as why Sam once sees his daughter in his living quarters. This is really not enough to spoil the movie. No doubt this is explained in either commentary track which are also included as subtitles. The commentary tracks themselves do have spoilers.

Other special features on the Moon DVD are The Making Of, Creating the Visual Effects, Science Center Q&A with Director Duncan Jones, Filmmaker’s Q&A at the Sundance Festival.

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