MOON

Sometimes Beautiful and Intense, But Falls Short

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Release Date: June 12, 2009

Starring: Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, B, Acap, PC, LLL, VV, S, N, M) Strong slightly mixed pagan worldview with light moral elements, plus some implied anti-capitalist content and a politically correct joke is made about illegal immigration; 44 mostly strong obscenities (including many “f” words), nine strong profanities and three light profanities; some strong violence with blood includes man injured inside lunar vehicle, lunar vehicles crash, two men fight, and man’s bloody injuries seem to get worse instead of heal; astronaut on the moon has a dream of sex with his wife on Earth; brief upper and rear male nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, lying and deceit by bad employer.

Summary:

MOON is a beautiful-looking science fiction movie that’s also an intense character study, about a lonely mining astronaut on the moon who discovers things are not what they seem in his isolated world. MOON is not as inspiring as it could have been and contains plenty of strong foul language and brief sexual content, which require extreme caution.

Review:

MOON is a beautiful-looking science fiction movie that’s also an intense character study. There is plenty of strong foul language and brief sexual content, however, which require extreme caution.

The story opens in the near future on the moon. Astronaut Sam Bell (played by the talented Sam Rockwell) lives alone on the far side of the moon to complete a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, extraction of Helium-3, a real substance that could be used for clean nuclear fusion. Sam’s only company is Gerty, the computer that runs the station (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Sam’s time is almost up, however, and he longs to reunite with his wife and young daughter back on earth.

Sam’s mental and physical health suddenly starts to deteriorate. This leads to a nearly fatal accident on a routine check-up of some mining equipment outside.

While recuperating back at the base (with no memory how he got there), Sam meets a younger clone of himself. They realize they are both clones. As the older Sam is dying, his younger clone tries to escape from the moonbase and head to Earth.

Despite its lower budget, this independent movie has excellent special effects. It also is an intimate character study.

Though MOON is well acted and doesn’t lack for personal drama, it leaves some questions unanswered. Also, since the human characters involved are clones with fake memories, the emotional depth of the movie leaves a bit to be desired. The issues at stake for the characters are also slightly undermined.

MOON also contains plenty of strong foul language and a brief, but not very explicit, sex scene. Thus, extreme caution is warranted.

Though they are obviously very different movies in many ways, MOON could have learned a few things about writing a better, cleaner science fiction script from Pixar’s WALL-E.

In Brief:

MOON is a beautiful-looking science fiction movie that’s also an intense character study. The story opens in the near future on the moon. Astronaut Sam Bell lives alone on the far side of the moon to complete a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, extraction of Helium-3, a real substance that could be used for clean nuclear fusion. Sam’s only company is Gerty, the computer that runs the station. Sam’s time is almost up, and he longs to reunite with his wife and young daughter back on earth. Sam’s mental and physical health starts to deteriorate. This leads to a nearly fatal accident on a routine check-up of some mining equipment outside. Eventually, Sam discovers that all is not what it seems in his isolated world.

Though MOON is well acted and doesn’t lack for personal drama, it leaves some questions unanswered. Also, it’s not as emotionally compelling as it could have been. MOON contains plenty of strong foul language and brief sexual content, which require extreme caution. This movie could have learned a few things about writing a better, cleaner script from Pixar’s WALL-E.