This movie is so saturated with twists that it is almost impossible to discuss it without revealing a couple. We give away a bit more than what's shown in the trailer, but not much. Thrills and chills still await!
Overly Reductive Plot Summary
Sam Rockwell and Sam Rockwell (with some help from Kevin Spacey) work together to save Sam Rockwell from being another of many Sam Rockwells to harvest Helium-3, an actually-not-made-up thing that powers life on Earth. All this happens on the moon and in the future.
Showing exactly how much can be done with (2) talented actors, (1) rookie director, (1) confined set and (1) really well written script.
The Entire Film in 5 Images
Elements of the film Ranked (On a moon scale of 1 to 5)
- Saying Kevin Spacey was “in” this film is like saying James Earl Jones was “in” the Star Wars movies. Both did wonderful work, for sure. But, the job could have literally been phoned in.
- Low-budget but high-yield special effects, many of which were done practically, that would make visual futurist Syd Mead proud.
- The story unfolds from parallel perspectives of the same person, one older/wiser and the other younger/hot-headed. It's an ambitious conceit made all the more impressive because it's on the moon. In the future.
- Sam Rockwell, who captured the nation's heart as the "regular or menthol" punk in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sinks his teeth deep into the role(s) of the leading man (men) and doesn't let go until the end credits.
- The musical themes written by composer Clint Mansell accelerate the haunting mood, evolving in congruence with our hero(s).
Moon, carried largely by Sam Rockwell's ferocious commitment, is a rock-solid 97 minutes of entertainment that goes far beyond what 5 million US dollars should get on a movie that takes place entirely on the moon. And in the future.