The trailer for this movie was haunting, creepy, confusing and I loved it! I wanted to see what it was about in the worst way. However, seeing the trailer and going into this movie with a preconceived notion of what it was about made me like it a little less though. Sam Rockwell is not only the lead in this movie, he's the ONLY one in this movie. There are some recorded images here and there from other actors and an eerie performance by Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY the robot. If you have no idea what this movie is about, you're better off. But since I mentioned that it stars only one person and there's a robot in it, I should say that it's a Sci-Fi movie about one man living on the Moon for 3 years working for a company that harvests clean energy for Earth. That's covered in the first 30 seconds of the film and that's all you get from me. To explain this movie in any fashion is a disservice to anyone who hasn't seen it. What makes it so good is the unraveling of the story. The other aspect of what makes the movie so good is Rockwell. I've seen him in so many movies that range from utterly hilarious (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) to disturbing psycho horror (Joshua) to heartbreaking drama (Choke). He's truly an underrated renaissance man of the acting world. So if you're going to make a movie that only has one actor in it, he better be amazing...which is just another way of saying he better be Sam Rockwell. I want to tell you why he's so great in this but that would blow part of the story. But what I can say is how new director Duncan Jones chose to make this film was part of why Rockwell looked so good. Jones (who's David Bowie's son) gives us a dirty vision of a world that doesn't need to sit in a certain year or placate to the lowest common denominator-of-viewers. The movie echoes "2001" and other sci-fi movies that also try to make a statement. It's deep. It's complicated. It's confusing. It's creepy. It's everything that I hoped it would've been except for what it was about. But I wasn't disappointed by it at all. It just took me to a different place than I thought I was going too, which (without saying too much) is a good way to sum this movie up.
Moon (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: A-