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Thursday, January 7, 2010

[6.25/10] Moon (2009)


Moon (2009)

What a great opportunity to utilize an under-appreciated actor like Sam Rockwell to create a thought provoking look at the subject of cloning. Unfortunately, a great individual performance goes by the boards in a less than original sci-fi treatment of this controversial subject. Space has often been used as the playground for artists hoping 'suspend the disbelief' of their audiences allowing them to consider the nature of a film's focus. "Moon" fails to capitalize on the psychological turmoil caused by isolation not to mention the ethical and moral dilemmas cloning poses. With one character and a setting confined almost exclusively to space station, the director just couldn't bring himself to peel back the skin and bore into the human psyche. In technical aspect ,"Moon" is a fine visual environment that when seen on the big screen has its impressive moments that any half-decent sci-fi movie can throw at you, a moderate set-piece and the wide shots of the lunar surface and that of the far distant earth does not miss the mark. "Moon" is almost entirely saved by the rich performance of Sam Rockwell. It is a shame that the rest of the film does not live up to the quality of this performance though. With its many unanswered questions and plot holes, as well as its lack of clarity for the direction of the story, it becomes too murky and obscure for it to be truly satisfying.

  • My Rating: 6.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 89% (7.3/10)
  • IMDb: 8.0/10

2 comments:

Univarn said...

I absolutely loved this movie. The fact that you gave it a lower score than you gave Twilight forces me to go: BOOOOOO!. It's ok though, I found this just so absolutely riviting. The use of reactionary over action sequences captivating. Quiet, unassuming. Just worked for me.

nebular said...

Well, it was a huge disappointment for me! "Twilight" was silly, but at least it was entertaining. That's why I gave it a 6.50.
..."Moon" just wasn't! It was too quiet and unassuming for my taste!;) ..painfully slow-moving, difficult to watch and not that captivating. Sam Rockwell was amazing though!