Moon – Film Review (BIFF)

Moon is set at a point ‘in the future’, but combines new technology with old-school science fiction movie styling to make it a movie which could almost be set in ‘any time’. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is due to complete his three year contract with Lunar Industries, a job which has seen him living on the far side of the moon to harvest Helium-3, the Earth’s current primary source of energy. As you’d expect, being the solitary astronaut responsible for the mining base is lonely work, a fact not helped by the lack of ‘live communications’ to and from earth (there is a significant delay in the sending and receipt of recorded messages). Aside from these sporadic messages received from home, Sam’s main source of companionship is ‘Gerty’, the base’s computer (which features the cool, calm voice of Kevin Spacey) who is fully equipped with a wide range of mood-relevant emoticons.


With only three weeks left at the mining base, Sam is understandably excited about returning to normal life on earth with his family. However with the deadline fast approaching, Sam unfortunately begins to feel unwell, a side-effect of which seems to be random hallucinations. Beyond saying that Sam Rockwell is an absolute GENIUS in this role, I don’t want to reveal any more of the story-line, as the suprising twists and turns of the plot are what help make this film so refreshing… Perhaps I can just say, ‘expect the unexpected’, or as the awesome tag-line for this film suggests, ‘the last place you’d ever expect to find yourself’…

While Moon builds the same sharp, edgy tension reminiscent of that other space great, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the two are very different films. Moon reinforces a similar idea of the regimented structure you’d expect from life on a remote space station. However rather than present a quiet, ‘epic’ vision of space, the visuals of Moon fill the screen more with buzzing activity than implied serenity. While Moon still evokes a sense of grandeur, the ‘busy’ action-filled setting complements perfectly the confusion and drama which slowly surrounds the main character of Sam, thus creating the perfect suspenseful environment.


  1. shraddha@theselfloveproject

    so are you like professional movie reviewer? or just a movie buff?
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    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shraddha – Haha… far from a professional. I simply managed to catch some films at the recent local film festival… 8)

  2. Paul M. Peterson

    Sounds like a very intense movie. I will have to check it out.
    .-= Paul M. Peterson´s last blog ..Introducing…Paula L. Peterson =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – Moon is an intense film experience indeed, and well worth it! 8)

  3. jason

    tracey, this looks amazing. from yr description, it sounds like its got that weird, quiet, 70s film vibe that is so rare these days and that i love so much. will see ASAP!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..RICHIE – CHAPTER SEVENTEEN (Twitter Novel / Keitai Shousetsu) =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – From what I’ve come to know of you in recent months, I definitely think you’d enjoy watching Moon. It’s part retro / part modern and full parts of satisfying tension and drama. Sam Rockwell’s performance is a complete revelation.

      When you do get to catch up with the film I’d love to know what you think … we should perhaps ‘compare notes’ so to speak. 😉

  4. Andrew


    I had been interested in watching this movie and then forgotten about it. Now this review makes me want to watch it soon. Good review.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Oh yes, you should definitely watch Moon … it’s fantastic (I’m glad you liked my review). Thanks.

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