Sam Bell has lived almost three years on the moon, taking care of a digging operation for Lunar Industries. Next to a talking robot he’s got no companionship and due to a malfunctioning satellite, he can’t even communicate in real-time with his family on Earth anymore. When one day he gets in an accident outside the station, things drastically change as it appears he isn’t as alone…
Sound and Vision:
The makers of Moon have chosen a very specific style that brings forth a very cold and gloomy atmosphere with soft pictures outside the base. Inside, on the other hand, we do get sharp images with plenty of detail. On the technical level the only minor complain we have is some occasional posterization but overall the movie looks exactly as the makers intended on Blu-ray.
The soundtrack comes with a DTS-HD track that nicely supports the great music by Clint Mansell that perfectly fits the atmosphere of the movie. The surround speakers and subwoofer are used mostly for that music as well as some occasional effect while dialogues are positioned at the center. All in all this isn’t an intensive track with lots of action, but a perfectly appropriate one that does justice to the movie.
Just a “Making of” that contains the usual interviews & fragments.
If you’ve read up on Moon, you’ll probably have heard alreday comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey and that’s not without reason. When watching this movie, the dialogues between astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and the computer GERTY (Kevin Spacey) have so much resemblences that you’re just waiting for GERTY to say “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” and although it doesn’t really come to that, it’s so close you can almost touch it. Hypothetically speaking then.
It’s difficult to talk about Moon without going too much into detail or keep from just saying “it’s great, watch it”. The acting is top notch, the atmosphere perfectly on the spot and the plot twist near the end is the obligatory ethical question that nails things down as you would expect. This isn’t Star Wars, Star Trek or Alien but rather a drama set in space that goes beyond the universe far far away. It’s in fact drama set in the universe very close and getting nearer in time than we can imagine.
In case I’ve lost you all with the words above: it’s great, just watch it!