I’m big fan of Sam Rockwell, his underrated gem CHOKE was pure genius and executed in so brilliant a fashion that you just have to give the man his due praise. And this time around is no different. Rockwell’s performance is astounding, backed by a compellingly vivid storyline that hit me on just about every emotional level possible. As you can well imagine, this is one of those films where I can’t divulge much in the way of details without spoiling it, but suffice to say the story won’t disappoint. I also have nothing but love for Kevin Spacey who lends his voice for the helpful android Gerty.
Much like SOLARIS, this journey does play with your mind. I’ve always admired astronauts, and couldn’t imagine being marooned on the moon (or anywhere) for three years without human contact. The only thing darker than the far side of the moon is the human mind. We don’t need monsters or chest bursting aliens to drive us insane, as the mere THOUGHT of them being out there is enough to test even the most courageous soul’s resolve. Space and the moon itself look gorgeous in HD, combined with a haunting score that sucks you into Sam’s plight rather quickly. I love a film that makes you feel like you’re there, and this does exactly that.
MOON is everything I expected it to be and more. The backdrop of Earth’s fossil fuel being harvested from the moon was a smart subplot to start from, and the truck doesn’t stop there. This is one ride I won’t soon forget, much like DISTRICT 9. MOON felt a bit more real of course, and really took hold of me emotionally the same way I AM LEGEND did when it comes to dealing with isolation. But as I mentioned before, SOLARIS is the film I would compare this to the most, so if you liked George Clooney’s adventure through space you’ll love seeing Sam through his.
“Whistle” A Short Film by Duncan Jones: This half hour short (from the same director) is conceptually interesting but the acting is total shit. That said you get used to it after about ten minutes.
The Making of Moon: Director Duncan Jones and Sam Rockwell give us a fifteen minute rundown of how the film came together. It’s pretty cool to find out that Jones pretty much wrote MOON specifically for Rockwell to star in.
Creating the Visual Effects: A ten minute look at how they put a man on moon. I’m still amazed by how well they’re now able to put two of the same actor on screen at the same time and make it look so damn real.
Science Center Q&A with Director Duncan Jones: Here we get a twenty minute question session with the director about the many scientific elements of the film. They certainly covered all their bases and this flick as smart as it was well done.
Filmmaker’s Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival: This one’s a ten minute session with Duncan Jones at the Sundance premier of the film. I really wish I could have been there for a piece of that action.
Previews: We get the feature film trailer, eleven other trailers, a Blu-ray commercial and some BD-LIVE content if you can hook up to the internet.
Extra Tidbit: I know a lot of people, but I've never heard anyone I know talk about actually knowing someone who knows an astronaut.