Moon (2009)



There is something spooky about silent, empty space and the sterile corridors of space stations. Together with submarine spaces and arctic research stations, they make excellent horror environments (although Moon is not a horror movie). It is a place where people or, occasionally, robots, loose their minds. Stanley Kubrick knew this, so did Stanislaw Lem, the author of Solaris.

Moon is the latest movie that stands besides 2001: A Space Odyssee and Solaris as a quiet, chilly space tale that for all its sterileness is more human than action-packed, explosion-filled science fiction. In this, Moon is not a very original film, and we know the archetypes and themes. But what it does, it does very well.

Sam Rockwell, better known perhaps from his other science fiction role as the loon Zaphod Beeblebrox, carries this film alone. He is an expressive actor and has no trouble to keep the attention of the viewer as the plot moves from creepy to weird. Along the way we see echoes of older movies as Sam talks to his robot caretaker Gertie and sees occasional hallucinations. Things begin to go wrong, but when you are up there among computers in a bunker on the Moon you are not going anywhere.

There is a very telling image in the movie of Sam, sitting in his moonmobile in a grey expanse of rocky moondesert, sobbing that he just wants to go home, and the Earth hangs in beautiful blue and green in the black sky. Moon might not be as original and groundbreaking as its predecessors, but is it still a beautiful and thoughtful movie and definitely one to remember.

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