Wednesday, July 29, 2009

M-O-O-N, that spells good science fiction

Moon is great fun and something of which I hope we see more, the small intelligent hard science fiction film. The set-up is simple. Sam (played by Sam Rockwell) is coming to the end of a three year tour as the only human employee of a mining operation on the far side of the moon. He is getting ready for the return trip when things start getting a little strange.

Fortunately the strange all makes scientific sense without getting into hand waving fantasy that plagues the science fiction movie world. The movie has a tiny cast, and Sam Rockwell has nearly all the screen time (the robot voiced by Kevin Spacey is the next most prominent.) Given that, he does a great job portrayed a confused person.

Thinky sci-fi movies can become glacial bores, but that isn't the case here. The movie has its fair share of tension and surprises, but it keeps the story on track as well. This one is worth watching before it goes to DVD.

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