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Moon (2009) – Archive

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*Originally Posted on June 22, 2011*

Rated: R

1 hr 37 min

Budget: N/A

Worldwide Gross: $9,760,104

Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Moon has become an underground hit. Staring Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, an extremely average blue-collar working man, has been sent to the moon to supervise/maintain the drilling of helium-3, a resource that helps produce clean emissions. Finally, a film where Earth is not being destroyed by global warming and pollution; (Are you tired of those too?). Anyway, needless to say, being the only person on a three year mission to the moon, Bell is a bit unstable mentally. Finally, the last days of his missions are approaching and he gets seriously injured.

*Spoilers*

This is where Sam meets himself after waking up in the space stations hospital bed. Both Sams claim they are the real deal. What they  find out, this mission is not what it seams. (I’d thought I’d save at least some of the reveal for you). This movie has a lot to say about the human condition and Rockwell does an excellent job at playing multiple personalities. Really, if the two Sams didn’t look like each other, you could say that they are two different people. The best part of this film is that it doesn’t try to do too much. It has it’s story and executes it to perfection (this is the same reason why Kung Fu Panda is so great).  It doesn’t waste time trying to throw us off with some wacky ending. Rather, the ending seems to be straight out of some of the best sci-fi shows on television. Moon, uses simplicity in story telling and camera work to put emphasis on the emotions and mental distress of a man in solitude. This film is truly a work of art that deals with the human physique, in my opinion, better than films like Jarhead and The Hurt Locker (granted those are about dealing with war). Go out and rent/buy it now. The only thing that might bring this movie down is it’s re-playability

★★★★

Movie info and totals from http://www.boxofficemojo.com

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