Duncan Jones is still a relatively new director in the world of Hollywood, having only directed four feature length films. Moon was Duncan’s directorial debut feature and I can’t believe it has taken me nine years to watch it, as it is by far his best film to date.
Moon centres around Sam Rockwell’s Sam Bell, who is nearing the end of his three-year mission on the moon, where he sends resources back to Earth to help lower the planets power issues. Sam is helped by his computer sidekick, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) who’s soft sounding voice sounds either creepy or pleasant, whichever way you look at it. Sam spends his days attending to the day-to-day operations of the base and sending video messages to his employers and then wife (played by Dominique McElligott)
Moon is one of those films where the less said, the better. Which makes it incredibly hard to write about because all the best bits would give away spoilers. I’ll say this though, Sam Rockwell is AMAZING in this film and I can’t even say why. I would guess that the majority of people have seen this film, given how old it is, but still there’s always a chance someone hasn’t, because, I hadn’t, and I’ve seen like a million films!
Duncan directs the film superbly, making the viewer guess what is and isn’t happening until a reveal completely changes the course of the film. Sam Rockwell is given plenty to do (in more ways than one) and I was amazed at how well certain scenes are filmed and edited. I was hooked right until the very end and didn’t get distracted by my phone once. Which, nowadays, is definitely something!
I don’t even need to write anything else. Just go watch it, especially if you’re a fan of Sci-fi and twisty plots. If you have seen it, great, tell me what you thought in the comments below!
Moon is currently streaming on Now TV (UK)