Moon (2009) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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I’m actually pretty upset that I didn’t discover this movie until two weeks ago. Moon is such an interesting little movie and there’s not really anything bad that can or should be said about it. Below is the plot description for those of you who might not know what this movie is.

“Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.” – IMDb

At around 97 minutes in length, Moon is interesting from start to finish and almost always has you completely hooked. It’s the perfect length, not too long but not too short. It works especially well with the fact that the cast is incredibly small and there isn’t much variety when it comes to location. Speaking of, Sam Rockwell did a fantastic job in this movie especially considering that throughout most of it, he acts alone.

Moon also looks great. There’s a consistent, clean colour palette that works incredibly well. In fact, there’s very little colour. It’s mostly neutral colours such as white, grey, and black. The most colour we get tends to be blue, yellow, and occasionally a tiny bit of green. Those come out through lights and some objects dotted around Sam’s base. It all just adds to the simplicity of the plot, cast, and the movie overall.

And that’s not to say the plot is boring or basic because it’s far from that. It really captures you and how they execute the plot mixed with the pacing of it, makes it one of the best viewing experiences I’ve had. If you’re a fan of sci-fi this is definitely a movie for you but even if you’re not much of a fan, I still recommend watching it because it’s not too heavy.

There’s not really much more I can say without spoiling it. I went in only knowing the basics and not doing too much research into it. One thing I’ll say is that it doesn’t try to shock you but it does reveal everything gradually and I personally felt myself becoming more and more invested with each reveal. I think it’ll be interesting either way, but if you get the chance to watch Moon before you see spoilers, it will be much more enjoyable.

Really, the only complaint I have is that I wish the voiceover during the credits was accompanied with clips. Other than that I don’t have anything negative to say. Perhaps I would want a bit more out of it, but that’s only because Sam Rockwell was so interesting to watch. In reality, as I said earlier, it really is the perfect length.

Rating: ★★★★ /5

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