Moon ditches visual gimmickry for existentialism. Ideas take center stage, and special effects are just a backdrop to the story. The build-up is a gradual reveal that shows the implications of technology that functions all too well for its creators.
If human beings can be re-created and programmed like a disposable tool, then what is the value of human life? The film tackles this subject through Sam as he finally finds out what happens at the end of his contract.
Sam Rockwell delivers a superb performance as Sam Bell, portraying the contradicting types of his personality as he becomes self-aware, grapples with a borrowed existence, and realizes that his life has an expiration date.
The shots of the moon are both eerie and wonderful, adding to the lonely existence of Sam and the drama that unfolds. Kevin Spacey’s voice is perfect for the robot assistant Gerty. Sam’s working station and living quarters are realistic.
While it’s been an engaging film, the Moon never steps beyond its placid course.
Nonetheless, Moon is a thought-provoking psychological drama that may serve as a warning for a future of efficient, but not exactly ideal possibilities wherein technology can automate anything, even us.
Moon is a well-executed and intelligent sci-fi mystery with an Oscar-worthy performance from Sam Rockwell.