Moon was brought to my attention by a friend at work. He passed me along an article about some of the coolest independent films of the year that might never see the light of day. After reading about the premise of the film and realizing that they had the chameleonic Sam Rockwell in there, I had my fingers crossed that someone would snatch it up for distribution. After coming across the trailer today, I can see that my prayers have been answered. Check out the trailer, and make sure to watch it in either widescreen or full-screen. There are some definite 2001 undertones in here, but if they’re handled properly, who can really complain about leaning on a film that helped shape the genre into what it is today.
Moon is a refreshingly philosophical and ultimately touching indie reflection on a genre that too often loses sight of character and story amid the wizardry of its special effects; told in the classic filmmaking tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Set in the near future, Moon stars Sam Rockwell (Frost/Nixon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) as Sam Bell, an astronaut assigned by Lunar Industries to a three-year mission mining Helium 3 on the moon, the earth’s new energy source. As his contract comes to an end and Sam’s health starts to deteriorate, painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident. While recuperating, Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three- year contract Sam started all those years ago. The directorial feature debut from Duncan Jones, Moon also includes the voice of Kevin Spacey (21, American Beauty) as “Gerty,” the lunar base’s mysterious robot, whose mission is to keep Sam Bell occupied and on task. Moon is produced by Stuart Fenegan (Liberty Films) and Trudie Styler (Xingu Films) and written by Nathan Parker from a story by Duncan Jones.
Moon makes its landing in theatres on September 3, 2009.