It was a full Moon tonight!
C-monk and I took in a late showing and both of us came away very pleased with what we saw.
Both of us went in expecting one thing and saw another but left happy.
Moon A Duncan Jones Film
Starring, Sam Rockwell as 'Sam Bell' & Kevin Spacey providing the voice of 'GERTY'.
Written by Duncan Jones
This was an Indy film done on a big studio scale. The visual effects and sets were impressive as was the acting job of Sam Rockwell. Most of the movie required Rockwell to act against himself. This was done without the CGI trickery of adding a face or head onto another actors body, this was done the old fashioned way of doing the scene once by himself with lines being thrown from off camera, then doing it again from the opposite character. Essentially, split screen. Not going to say it wasn't at times obvious that Rockwell was in the room alone, but for the most part it was done really, really well.
This is Duncan Jones first feature film, and it doesn't show. Coming from the son of David Bowie and whose past work mainly consisted of commercials and music videos you would expect a frenzied short attention span film or to be way too far out there to make much sense. Moon is neither of these things. It paces itself wonderfully and stays firmly grounded. There are several well seasoned directors that have yet to master this. Take notes people!
The story ends up playing out a little more obvious (and quicker) than I expected, but I really didn't mind. The acting and production values held me in tight. I wont go into total spoiler mode with a lot of details, but I don't think it is a surprise to anyone that this is a story about clones. The previews and synopsis pretty much leads you right to that so I guess it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me to have that made obvious as early in the film as it was. The film does not try to tell the tired tales of "What is it to be human" or "Who has the right" etc. This was a simple story about two people, who happen to be the same person, and how they fit into each others lives and what exactly are they going to do about both being 'Sam Bell'.
A little less psychological and little more mystery but certainly worth the praise and buzz that it has been getting. Make the time and effort to see the film if you get the chance. Well worth it.
I'd give it, hmmm....a VERY solid B+
"Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars"