Moon

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Posted June 11, 2009 in Film

In the not-so-far future, a mega-company has solved the energy crisis by harnessing the power of the moon. On Earth, life is rosy. On the moon, Sam Rockwell is a lonely company man named Sam, finishing up his three-year contract drilling for Helium 3 (a key ingredient) on a solitary industrial base where his only friend is a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey. The computer, GERTY, has a yellow, primitive cartoon face that can smile, frown and look confused—the latter, an expression Rockwell himself uses more and more when he wakes up from a Rover accident to discover that there are now two Sams, both identical, and both claiming to be married to beautiful blonde Tess (Dominique McElligott), who they’re scheduled to reunite with in two weeks. Director Duncan Jones’ sparse film holds the attention, though once outside and away from its spell, it’s clear his and Nathan Parker’s script is riddled with holes (including a ghost girl who vanishes after the second act). Moon is a promising debut for the filmmakers who boldly re-imagine a lunar base as a blue-collar pit stop where no one dusts. But this is Rockwell’s movie. Playing two different versions of himself—one aggressive, one pacifying—he’s seamless, seeming to shift his body weight differently for both Sams so that these identical men are at most fraternal twins, raging against each other and the fear of having no life to go home to.

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