The Horror Honeys: Moon: The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself

Moon: The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself

A Sci Fi Honey Review

Moon (2009)

It took me a couple of years after it was released to watch Moon. To be honest, it looked a bit boring and mopey and slow and arty, from the clips I saw. But my friend Ross kept on me (as he always does) to watch it. And as always, he was right. I effing LOVED this movie. 

Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, who is finishing up a three-year contract on the moon, where he alone mans a base for a mining company, basically monitoring the automated mining equipment that extracts a substance called Helium 3 and sends it back to earth. After his contract ends shortly, he will head back to earth to be reunited with his wife and child, whom he only has contact with through recorded messages they exchange. They have no real-time contact, ostensibly due to communication problems with earth. 

His only company is GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the Artificial Intelligence inside the computer that runs the station, much like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, except GERTY has a screen with emoticons on it and isn’t homicidal.

Sam Rockwell: Hottest. Moon Man. Ever.

Two weeks before he’s scheduled to return to Earth, Sam periodically starts hallucinating that he’s seeing a teenage girl. One hallucination distracts him while he’s outside in a Rover collecting Helium 3 from a harvester, and he crashes and loses consciousness.

He awakes in the infirmary looking surprisingly young and fresh, and has no memory of the accident. He starts to figure out that something happened, and tricks GERTY into letting him outside. He goes for a ride, where he finds the crashed Rover. And what he finds inside the Rover has massive repercussions for him and the Station.

So, who is he, and who the hell is in the Rover?? 

Who is in the Rover?  WATCH THE MOVIE!

He starts investigating, and discovers he is but one part of a much larger and more sinister/darker plan on the part of his employer, Lunar Industries. 

I don’t want to give the rest of the plot away, but it’s effing fantastic. This is one creepy-ass movie, full of suspense and fear and surprises. The colours are muted and monochrome, and it feels like a desolate, lonely place, which adds to the anxiety whenever Sam is out on the moon surface in a Rover - you actually feel the isolation, and the realization that if he gets in trouble there is no one to save him. 

Sam Rockwell gives a fantastic performance, in my opinion he should have been nominated for more awards than he was for this role. The movie looks great, the moonscape looks a bit old-school, and Moon was made with a budget of - get this - five million dollars. Not 50. Five.  One of the model makers from Alien made some of the set, all of which was on one 85’ x 90’ stage. 

This movie isn’t just about solving a mystery and figuring out what Lunar Industries is up to and where Sam fits in. It’s about what makes someone human, and what value life has, and the lengths corporations will go for money. It’s about where emotions come from, and are they even real?  This movie even had a special screening for NASA, at their request. Moon hit every Sci-Fi spot I have, I can’t say enough about it. It’s scary, it’s space-y, it has Kevin Spacey playing a disembodied voice in a retro canister with a screen on it that pops up smiley face emoticons… What more could I ask for?!


Sci-Fi Honey Lowdown: I. Love. This. Movie. Sam Rockwell is fan-effing-tastic, it’s scary and suspenseful, it makes your brain work, and it makes you feel stuff. I owe Ross a beer for making me watch it, I’m so glad I did.

Sci-Fi Honey rating: I give Moon 5 Kevin Spacey in a Container’s out of 5. ALL OF THE KEVIN SPACEY CONTAINERS!