Lunar loneliness and a shit load of Sam Rockwell’s…
Moon was the directorial bow of David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and it has to go down as one of the best debut’s of the last 20 years.
Moon’s ace up the sleeve is that the ‘twist’ is revealed within the first half hour. Rather than this resulting in an anti climactic ending, this revelation actually gives the viewer more time for the full horror of the situation to sink in with leads to an immersive and unforgettable viewing experience.
Other than GERTY, a robot voiced by Kevin Spacey, Sam Rockwell’s Sam Bell is pretty much the only on screen character. It takes a great actor to carry an entire film, especially one with such emotional resonance, but Rockwell’s performance is astonishing and it is surprising the Academy never showed an interest.
The famous ‘I want to go home’ scene combines breathtaking visuals with a heartbreaking turn from Rockwell and is one of the most memorable and chilling scenes of recent years. It is one of many haunting moments within Moon that culminate in a film that will stay with you for weeks after viewing.
Moon is an underrated classic that fully deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar. Sam Rockwell’s inspirational performance makes Moon a film for everybody, not just sci-fi fans.