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A Review of “Moon”, Part 1: The Film July 20, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in MoonPop.

This is Part 1 of 2 of my review of  Duncan Jones‘ film “Moon“, starring Sam Rockwell. Part 1 looks at the film, while Part 2 discusses the lunar colonial topics that the film brings up.

I recently was able to catch in a local Portland theater Duncan Jones’ directoral debut, “Moon”, a sci-fi film about an isolated helium-3 miner on the far side of the moon who begins to encounter some unusual problems near the end of his three-year contract.

Being both a blogger on moon colonization and someone that was initially a screenwriting major in college (and a film buff to this day), this movie from the getgo is uniquely aligned with my interests.

The film has garnered wide critical acclaim (90% on Rotten Tomatoes), and for good reason. A rock-solid and refined piece of existential cinema, it manages to be thoughtful while still accessible. A very human film, it rides a great performance (or two) from Sam Rockwell to creating a very human connection to some fairly unusual characters.

Made incredibly with a $5 million budget, the movie dazzles—utilizing techniques such as miniatures (a la The Lord of the Rings) to create a convincing and intruiging landscape. In particular, the shots of the giant helium harvesters and their raining spew of expunged regolith (soil) struck me as impressive for any film, nevermind one with such a limited budget.

A great film for any movie lover, and pure goodness for a sci-fi or moon geek like myself. An emotional film with a deeply human touch, it’s a story that should resonate with virtually any viewer.

The film brings up a lot of interesting topics and questions regarding moon colonization, and in particular the ethics that could be involved. Check back here on Tuesday the 21st for Part 2 of my review, where I take a look at these ideas and the other fine lunar-colonial details of the film…


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