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Moon

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Moon
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Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his identity, and the integrity of the company. Believing he is alone on his mission, his sole purpose is getting back home on his own.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 1435974743
9781435974746
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi MOON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Working all by himself on the far side of the moon, Sam Bell is nearing the end of his 3 year contract when he begins to realize that talking to himself is not the worst consequence of having no human contact.

Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperat... Read More »

Sam Bell works all alone on the Moon. He misses his family. This movie has long periods of quiet that are shattered by surprising cracks in Sam's reality.


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Dec 18, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sam Rockwell puts in a bravura performance as an astronaut alone with himself at a remote lunar outpost who begins to question not only the ethical practices of the company who hired him but his own sanity as well. He plays Sam Bell, an engineer working for the giant mega-corporation Lunar Industries Ltd. whose mining facilities are harvesting the moon’s surface for “helium-3”, a clean power source supplying energy for 70% of the world’s burgeoning population. Nearing the end of a three-year contract as sole human inhabitant of the automated factory, Sam happily dreams of being reunited with his wife and baby girl back on Earth despite a growing case of cabin fever. His robotic companion GERTY (a series of suspended arms and hard drives traveling along ceiling grooves and communicating with smiley face icons and the smooth voice of Kevin Spacey) tries to offer some assurance but when certain technical “glitches” begin to appear a new, ominous light is cast not only on Lunar Industries but on the whole reason for Sam being on the moon in the first place. Messages from his wife appear edited, he is prevented from contacting Earth directly due to a persistently “faulty” satellite relay, and he begins to catch glimpses of an impossible roommate sharing the facilities. Is he suffering from delusions brought on by his extended isolation or are there more sinister explanations for his discomfort? Using majestic cinematography coupled with an ultra-hip soundtrack of urban chill, classic Mozart and sad piano solos, director Duncan Jones (Bowie’s son!) delivers an intelligently written science-fiction puzzler for grown-ups. His use of studio miniatures instead of more expensive CGI effects creates a futuristic setting which is both wonderfully retro and hauntingly surreal. Although technical purists may balk at the film’s few scientific faux pas there is no denying the film’s visual impact; a scene in which a distraught Sam is comforted by a mechanical arm is both chilling and terribly pitiful. There is a pervasive sense of melancholy to Jones’ vision as he presents us with a moral dilemma brought on by unchecked technology and human greed then challenges us to formulate our own arguments.

Oct 10, 2014
  • __rick__ rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A modest and modestly interesting 97 minute film. The pace is slow. If you want action, you will not enjoy this film. Actually, that is not fair, as there is action when we see dirt flying out the back end of a robotic lunar digging machine, like dirt coming from the back paws of a rambunctious dog. (A few times during the film, when things start to slow down too much, the action cuts back to the 'flying dirt' scene, perhaps to reassure the viewer that something is actually happening.)

After spending 3 years with a computer voice that sounds oddly like Kevin Spacey, 'Sam' is quite neurotic and more than a bit bored. One might imagine that the 'real' Kevin Spacey would not get involved in something this low budget... or perhaps a 'Spacey clone' did the computer voice over. It is unclear, until close to the end, whether this represents an updated and malevolent version of HAL from 2001, or just a somewhat obsequious and harmless virtual companion.

The DVD box cover has a photo of what is suggestively a 'sex' scene. It is not a 'spoiler' to say that would not be a good reason to watch the film. In truth, it may be one of the shortest and uninteresting portrayals ever filmed of a partially undressed man and woman. It becomes clear, later in the film, exactly why this brief scene lacked detail or intimacy.

The ending is a big disappointment, an implausible and nonsensical cut-away from the story line that does not flow from the preceding 96 minutes.

Jun 29, 2014
  • iloveyprl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intriguing film - with hints and references to shows such as '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Space: 1999' and 'Silent Running' - Moon is show that unfolds with twists and turns to keep you guessing during the movie and then thinking about it afterwards.

Jun 22, 2014
  • nycounsel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting movie, well done

Jun 12, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sci-fi space drama, leaning more to sci-fi than drama. Presents some interesting sci-fi ideas, but weighed down by mediocre acting, predictable plot, and amateurish special effects. "Matrix" on the moon, but less well done. "R" rated due to a couple of unnecessary-to-the-plot and gratuitous scenes. Too bad, as younger kids might enjoy the robot/human interaction. If in the mood for a space drama, "Gravity" is considerably more engaging. A space sci-fi film? "2001: A Space Odyssey" among many others would be better choices. "Moon" will do in a pinch I guess, but only if the others aren't available. Reservedly recommended.

One of the best science fiction films ever made; seriously. Thoughtful, philosophical. What would you do if you were in this situation and knew the outcome??

Apr 28, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I thought this was an interesting movie but very slow paced and reminded me too much of Oblivion. All in all an Ok movie. Worth the watch if you are a sci-fi nut, otherwise give it a pass.

Nov 08, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie - it shows that you can have an enjoyable story without a series of explosions and heavy handed special effects.

Nov 02, 2013
  • Vivica rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A well hidden gem...novel & original plot...a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

Oct 30, 2013
  • tazz3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good plot, well acted

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Sep 17, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 25, 2011
  • Boobychuk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 24, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 01, 2010
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 24, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: A sex scene with partial undressing but no nudity; one full body rear view of Sam Bell in the shower.

Jul 24, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Liberal use of the f-word with some other swear words interspersed

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Apr 24, 2013
  • sky123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

GERTY: Sam, I can only account for what occurs on this base.

Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sam Bell: You've been up here too long man. You've lost your marbles.

Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sam Bell: You look like a radioactive tampon... like a banana with a yeast infection.

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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

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