Oct 25, 2009


Following Sam Rockwell's over-the-top hilarious cameo in the holy grail of television, Stella, I became incredibly interested in his upcoming science fiction project known as Moon. Upon Moon's release, this Twilight sensation really hit the fan and the shit. was. everywhere. When one would inquire about Moon, some scantily clad obese chick somewhere would ask "New Moon?" as if to insult my intelligence further. Hopefully this pandemic of glam vampires will end but I don't foresee that happening so I figured I'd rather write down my thoughts instead of fishing for a handful of opinions as I'm sure most of the local townsfolk would surely call this film "boring." Like many deep space films before this, Moon encompasses the idea of solitary madness as explored in that Resident Evil-in-space film titled Pandorum. Pandorum is a fictional breakdown of the mind in space. Not to call this entirely fictional, in fact, I'm sure if we (humans) did more long term experiments in space, we too could adopt the a usage of Pandorum. So apart from the terrible film references, How does Moon hold up?

Moon is a film that relates to its own symphony of infinite quiet. Clint Mansell, best known for his work on Requiem for a Dream, collaborated with his own experiences of a resonating orchestra within personal hollow white walls to create a repetitive theme to the dreary, melancholy status of isolation and loneliness unheard. Suffice to say, Sacrifice from the score to Moon is simply the best film theme to be produced in a long time. My own fears leeched and sapped so much from me than I could handle just while viewing the trailer, Some credit goes to Sam Rockwell as well for providing the perfect visage of Sam Bell. No one else could have near pulled off what he has accomplished. Paired with both this and Bronson, which has a review coming soon, this year in festivals and "independent" cinema seems to be the most promising I've experienced yet.

The only complaint with Moon yet is simple and most simpletons seem to share this in common with each other; It's too "boring." With a film set in space circulating the plot around a single man working in a solitary lunar station for 3 years with very little outside contact to civilization, I wouldn't expect a science fiction masterpiece to be anything but. Moon is something of a stand still staple in filmmaking. For the budget being what it is and the welcome absence of computer-generated imagery, the practical model effects are simply outstanding. The lunar landscape looks anything but artificial and the open claustrophobia of a bleak surface is present with a resounding "Yes!" What really stands out as special in Moon is the composition and pacing of this accelerating mystery. While the film's internal makeup is frequently bouncing around, the set pieces and pivotal plot stay almost frozen, so to speak. As to say, Moon is a tidy film that takes place in a very short time with not much happening other than a dual mono-character portrait that is active within it's own steadily paced storytelling.

Moon is a film that is as ambiguous as its purported ending, but an ending can only mean a beginning as well. With many positive aesthetics and the stark and heavenly-white set design of this specific lunar base, Moon fashions itself a polished film that suffocates you with many emotions and its phobia inducing fits of madness. Along with Rockwell's incredible performance that marks him as one of the most incredibly underused actors, Kevin Spacey wows as the robotic helper Gerty whose simple vocal demeanor goes a long way for him just be utilized as a voice actor with an expressible monotone pitch. His wide variety of on screen "emoticons" really sets the mood for each and every scene he appears in, although not meaning to give a robot gender. With my subsequent viewing of Moon, I feel as if all science fiction up to this (excluding several) have lacked the real mechanics of what composes a space classic. Moon has all those and more, with an intriguing beginning, mysterious middle, and tragic end. I could find some aspects of faulty presentation, I'm sure, but I'm too busy enjoying what I experienced during Moon, especially what I'm experiencing after. This is a film that will stick with you no matter if you loved it or loathed it. Personally, I find Moon to have what science fiction has been missing all along - misadventure and despair.


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