Duncan Jones’ mesmerising tale of intergalactic loneliness, self-inquiry, and man’s innate hunger for life recalled the very best of the sci-fi genre's 70s heyday whilst at the same time being wholly original.
It's the near future, and corporate engineer Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is on the final stretch of a three year job manning a space station on the far side of the Moon that harvests energy for a depleted earth. He's been alone all that time, his sole company being the station's computer Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey). But when a routine repair goes horrible awry, Sam begins to deteriorate as he suspects that things, and even himself, are not what they seem.
This tremendous debut from Duncan Jones demonstrated that sci-fi might just be in his DNA (he is, after all, the son of Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie), showing huge promise and a launchpad that he would deliver on again with his brilliant second feature Source Code. (Mute, a follow-up to Moon, is also rumoured for release in 2017 too). A thrilling cinematic experience with a superbly dark, ambient score from Clint Mansell, Moon gave ample proof that Jones was a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory.
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