Moon | Duncan Jones (2009)
The film depicts Sam Bell, an employee under the contract of Lunar Industry. His job is to extract helium-3 from the moon’s surface. He has been working this routine job for almost three years, alone with a robotic assistance named GERTY. His contract about to end in the next two weeks that means he can go back to earth to his wife and his daughter.
But something irregular begins to happen during his final period at the station. He starts to see things, and people who ain’t supposed to be there. During a routine to retrieve canisters of helium-3 from the harvest machine, he crashes his rover and loses consciousness, everything goes dark.
He wakes up again in the station’s infirmary, and GERTY informs him that the crash might cause him to lose some parts of his memory, which soon will be recovered. He tries to remember but nothing comes to mind, so he decides to go out of the base despite of the strict order from the company forbidding him from leaving the base until the rescue unit arrives to fix the harvester. What he finds at the harvester makes him realise that he is not alone on the moon.
Don’t judge the book by its cover, at first I thought that “Moon” is a documentary film! Moon in fact a British science-fiction thriller, and it happens to be one of the best films in its genre. I cannot believe that I missed this film last year. Sam Rockwell’s performance is highly engrossing and dramatic. The production, the cinematography, the sound, the editing, the script, the direction, everything is sublime. I just put the director, Duncan Jones on my must-watch list. I am looking forward for his next projects; Source Code (2011), and Mute (2011)