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Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell, Choke, Matchstick Men) is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon. Alone with only the base's vigilant computer Gerty (voiced by Oscar-Winner Kevin Spacey, American Beauty, The Men Who Stare At Goats) as his sole companion, Bell's extended isolation has taken its toll. His only link to the outside world comes from satellite messages from his wife and young daughter. He longs to return home, but a terrible accident on the lunar surface leads to a disturbing discovery that contributes to his growing sense of paranoia and dislocation so many miles away from home. Moon is an engrossing, intelligent sci-fi thriller that ranks with genre classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Studio Sony
SKU 212640277
UPC 043396323940
UPC 14 00043396323940
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/22/2015
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Moon illustrates a truism forgotten by Hollywood: the best science fiction films are about something. This film does not feature explosions. It does not contain endless, mind-numbing chase sequences. Instead, it's a simple idea-rich storyline that explores areas science fiction fans will find familiar: the concept of artificial intelligence, whether prolonged isolation can lead to psychosis, and where bioethics is headed. The screenplay, tightly scribed by Nathan Parker from a story by director Duncan Jones, plugs every seeming gap in logic and develops a story that is both deceptively simple and devilishly clever. After the chaos of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, it's refreshing to encounter a science fiction film that respects the intelligence and attention span of an adult...This is director Duncan Jones' feature debut and, as such, it may seem to be a surprisingly ambitious effort. After all, serious science fiction is rarely the province of neophyte filmmakers who enter projects armed without huge budgets and studio backing. However, by making the subject matter intimate and keeping the setting mostly within the confines of the moonbase, Jones is freed from some of the warped conventions that typically define the modern concept of what defines "science fiction." This is not a Star Wars-inspired space opera (although it is worth mentioning that the effects, such as shots of a rover cruising the moon's surface or a mining vehicle trundling forward, are expertly done); it is intelligent, thought-provoking material. And it takes the element of "science" in "science fiction" seriously - Duncan is determined that his view of the future be believable...I have nothing against movies like Star Trek; they're good fun and escapist entertainment. But calling them "science fiction" is misnaming them, although I'm as guilty of the infraction as anyone else. Moon is closer to what die-hards expect when they hear the term "sci-fi," and its existence reminds us that serious movies within this genre are not dead - they're just hiding.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Is Moon evoking 2001, or does its mining outpost on the far side of the moon simply happen to date back to the 2001 era (which was of course eight years ago)? I lean toward the second theory. After the mission carrying Dave Bowman disappeared beyond Jupiter, mankind decided to focus on the moon, where we were already, you will recall, conducting operations. In Moon, the interior design of the new lunar station was influenced by the 2001 ship, and the station itself is supervised by Gerty, sort of a scaled-down HAL 9000 that scoots around...At some point in the future (we can't nail down the story's time frame), this station on the far side is manned by a single crew member, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell). He's working out the final days of a three-year contract and is close to cracking from loneliness. Talking to loved ones via video link doesn't satisfy. The station is largely automated; it processes lunar rock to extract Helium-3, used to provide Earth with pollution-free power from nuclear fusion. My guess is, the station is on the far side because you don't want to go gazing at the Man in the Moon some night and see a big zit on his nose...The 2001 vessel dealt with the physical challenges with its centrifuge. Dave and Frank had each other -- and HAL. Sam is all on his own, except for Gerty, whose voice by Kevin Spacey suggests he was programmed by the same voice synthesizers used for HAL. Gerty seems harmless and friendly, but you never know with these digital devils. All Sam knows is that he's past his shelf date, and ready to be recycled back to Earth...Space is a cold and lonely place, pitiless and indifferent, as Bruce Dern's character grimly realized in Douglas Trumbull's classic Silent Running. At least he had the consolation that he was living with Earth's last vegetation. Sam has no consolations at all. It even appears that a new guy may have entered the orbits of his wife and daughter. What kind of a man would volunteer for this duty? What kind of a corporation would ask him to? We, and he, find out...Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of or other, including digital. John W. Campbell Jr., the godfather of this genre, would have approved. The movie is really all about ideas. It only seems to be about emotions. How real are our emotions, anyway? How real are we? Someday I will die. This laptop I'm using is patient and can wait.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
Simon Crook, Empire.com ...a fresh blast of old-school sci-fi, bursting with ideas and a stellar turn from Sam Rockwell.

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