Moon director Duncan Jones won ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’ at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards – after watching it at the weekend, it’s new on my list of top 100 movies. I love a good Sci Fi, so it gets a certain amount of points just by virtue of its genre, but it also kept me guessing, made me think and made me laugh, the three benchmarks that for me constitute a good film.
Moon tells the story of Sam Bell, whose three year contract on the moon - harvesting energy to keep us humans in the manner to which we’re accustomed - is nearly over. Longing to be reunited with his wife and young daughter, he’s counting the days until he returns home, but something happens that changes everything. There are some subtle hints within the storyline that help you guess what might be going on, but the quiet yet compelling narrative kept me hooked.
The film was produced on a budget and the retro 70’s feel comes from the fact there is no CGI – the moon’s surface is created from models and so has the charm of films like the original Star Wars. Sam Rockwell, who plays the central character Sam, injects the film with life – Sam is not quite an anti-hero but has very human qualities that mean you quickly identify with him.
As usual, reviews on sites like IMDB range from ‘Nothing short of astounding’ to ‘Drivel, but if you’re looking for a thoughtful, indie style movie that combines originality with the feel of classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” then give it a go, you might like it.