Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
In 2009, director/writer Duncan Jones, set out to make a movie with one goal in mind. That goal was to work with Sam Rockwell. That movie was Moon.
Sam Rockwell stars as Sam Bell, which is kinda a “fuck it” name, but whatever. Sam works on the moon, harvesting helium 3, something that, in the future, fuels everything and has managed to save our planet. When we meet Sam, he’s two week away from getting sent home after a 3 year mission. His only companion is Gerty, a ceiling mounted robot voiced by Kevin Spacey.
Everything seems normal enough, until Sam crashes his rover. What unfolds after that is a sci-fi treat, and a stellar performance from Sam Rockwell, which, you know, you should have seen coming because of the whole “this movie was created to be powered by his acting chops” thing.
The story, written by Duncan Jones (who’s David Bowie’s son by the way) and Nathan Parker, unfolds wonderfully. This is one of those movies that would actually be improved with repeat views, which I hope to do soon.
Normally, I’d be all about spoiling a movie like this, seeing as it’s nearly a decade old, but this time around, the big twist is revealed fairly early on, but the fallout from that twist spirals throughout the rest of the film and is the driving action for everything Sam Bell does. The entire perceived tone of the film shifts and it is awesome.
Apparently, Jones is working on a sequel called Mute, which is set to come out next year and will tie up to story of Sam Bell. I’m already sold on it even though I personally thought the whole Sam Bell story was fine the way they left it. I’m guessing the new film will focus more on a new cast of characters with the revelations from the end of Moon just kinda playing in the background, but I don’t know, I’m not Duncan Jones.