With another weekend coming up, what will we line up for the weekend viewing? Well, although science fiction definitely isn’t everyones cup of tea, why not try this little film staring (pretty much only) Sam Rockwell. Rather than the sort of stuff that’s come out recently that gives the genre a bad name, Moon is very much an old school sci-fi.
Premise. Sam Rockwell is the solitary worker on a moon base. His job, mine isotopes, which serve as an unlimited, clean burning fuel source that has solved all Earth’s problems. As he comes to the end of his 3 year contract, he starts suffering a break down, perhaps bought on by years alone.
Maybe it’s the distinctively 1970’s style of it all, with it’s relatively uncramped space environments, and it’s clean white walls, computer terminals and talking artificial intelligences that harks back to 2001 (the film, not the year). Or maybe it’s just the subject matter, that really does what sci-fi used to do, explored matters of a truly human nature, despite its space bound locations.
Sam Rockwell surely steals the film, even if he’s pretty much the only actor in it. His only company, GERTY, is voiced by Kevin Spacey. As almost ridiculous as it might sound casting Spacey as the voice of an AI, he pulls it off flawlessly. And given he has only a voice and a series of smiley face emotcons to work with, Spacey gives us a subtle range of emotions that mirror Rockwell’s more extreme reactions.
Don’t let the fact that this film is sci-fi turn you off. It’s not only a good watch, but timely in the subject matter it explores. No big space ships and light sabers in this one, just a good old style human story, perfectly presented.
Check out this trailer to help you make up your mind.