I enjoyed this film a lot. Moon is a (comparatively) low-budget British sci-fi film. It essentially has just one character – ‘Sam’ – played by Sam Rockwell. The only other ‘character’ to mention is GERTY, the computer. Sam is the lone occupant of a space station on the far side of the Moon. The station harvests helium-3 which it sends back to earth. It’s a clean energy.
This film is not a big-budget Hollywood movie for a mass market audience. It’s much more niche than that. As The Guardian puts it:
“British space movie, Moon pulls its DNA from the smarter, usually cheaper, sci-fi of old – films that hinged around brilliant notions. Like John Carpenter’s 1974 space comedy Dark Star, which climaxed with an astronaut discussing phenomenology with a sentient thermonuclear device – a talking bomb…
Moon gleefully magpies from a Who’s Who of genre faves: a soothingly voiced (by Kevin Spacey) computer, à la 2001’s Hal; production design influenced by Alien and Outland; old school Space: 1999-style lunar model shots. Plot-wise, all Moon’s big reveals are exposed by the half-way mark, leaving the rest of the film free to ponder profundities like the nature of identity or the awkwardness of meeting yourself.”
I won’t say too much about the plot as these kinds of movies are best watched without knowing too much. It’s a psychological sci-fi (not a horror film) and makes for thoughtful, reflective viewing. The acting is spot on, as are the (low budget) special effects, rendering of space and the Moon, etc. Is done with models rather than CGI.
Very good and definitely recommended.