I love smart sci-fi. Moon is a really cool movie which is able to do something which sets it apart. It takes the revealing surprise behind its story and, instead of waiting to show it until the end for the shocking, twist ending like it could have, it reveals it in the middle. This way the film can take this surprise twist and actually follow through on it and see where it will lead, which it does very well.
Moon starts off as an isolation story as Sam is the lone employee for an energy company on a space station on the moon. Sam is almost at the end of a three year contract when he gets into an accident with his rover. This is where the story changes. What we end up getting is a mystery story. The pacing of this mystery works really well since as we the audience start to figure out whats going on (which is a lot of fun to try to piece together), the character of Sam is figuring it out not too long later. This way we aren’t sitting there for twenty minutes having figured out the secret and just waiting for the movie characters to finally come tot he same conclusion.
Like I said before, a cool movie. Interesting and quite moving at times, especially near the end. The conclusion is satisfying, the music fits really well, and Sam Rockwell puts in a great performance. Also, I was glad to see that the robot Gertie didn’t end up being the bad guy. As an admirer of 2001 it took a while for me to trust that guy, but I’m glad they didn’t go with the obvious route.