Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is the lone astronaut stationed at a Helium-mining moon base that has been his home for almost three years. But Sam’s contract with Lunar Industries is almost up, and soon he will be able to reunite on Earth with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
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An incredible film. The visual space and vastness of the action created such a hypnotic scenario. Rockwell carried the film so well too that it makes you appreciate how one actor can truly manipulate the personality of the film.
Jones' directorial debut takes inspiration from 2001, adds a story focused on complex ideas, and has a phenomenal performance by Rockwell that this superior sci-fi film becomes an underrated gem that'll hopefully grow in stature as the years go by.
Refreshing conglomeration, of a number of classic sci-fi themes from books and movies, that comes together in a beautifully composed movie, that strikes out and firmly leaves its own unique footprint on the sci-fi genre.
Jones constructs an extraordinary situation and develops his character in exposing him to exceptional circumstances. I especially like the behaviour of Gerty with its obvious references to Stanley Kubrick's HAL 9000.
Ok film but, from what I read, I was expecting something way, way better than this. The special effects on the lunar machinery didn't convince, and the interior scenarios were uninspired. GERTY was plain boring, not even Kevin Spacey's voice could save it. I also didn't think that Sam Rockwell was that great, and the script was not ambitions, considering it dealt with a subject like cloning. So, kind of a letdown.
Considering that it did not have a huge budget, it is well made. Overall, it's enjoyable, and its themes give the viewer something new to think about. However, the plot could be tightened so it develops more smoothly. Some decisions in direction, editing and pacing seem amateur. Rockwell's performances, albeit strong, is at some points conspicuously bad. But he's acting by himself, so we'll give him that.
It is a Sci-Fi without aliens or lasers instead it delivers a lonely space age concierge mystery that challenges the viewer. It is about the possibility of science and journey into the nature of humanity of loneliness. This movie isn't entirely about outer space, this film is about human kind. This is basically a one-man show whoever the actor will do a tough job acting by himself, - Sam Rockwell does an excellently.