Moon -- actually going to be good?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by watermelony2k, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. watermelony2k

    watermelony2k Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 14, 2003
  2. NewHorizon

    NewHorizon Captain Captain

    Sep 18, 2006
    Sam Rockwell is an exceptional actor with a very broad range. I've loved him in everything I've seen him in. I have a feeling this is going to be incredible.
  3. Kelso

    Kelso Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 3, 2001
    On the destruct button until the last minute!
    Is this flick getting a wide release?
  4. Mistral

    Mistral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 5, 2007
    Between the candle and the flame
    Oooohhhh! This sounds delicious!
  5. Bishbot

    Bishbot Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 3, 2005
    Sounds like exactly the sort of film I've been crying out for for a while. While I watch and usually enjoy them, I'm kind of sick of new science fiction films all being about superheroes, set in the here and now and usually adapted from a comic or tv series.

    God knows when I'll get to see it though - if it even comes out in the UK.
  6. melancholymecha

    melancholymecha Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 21, 2002
    it sounds really inetersting...when's the release?
  7. Hermiod

    Hermiod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 16, 2006
    I've been looking forward to this one for a while.
  8. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 17, 2005
    Walking distance from Starfleet HQ
    Moon -- It IS good

    I just saw "Moon" at its west coast premier at the San Francisco International Film Festival Sunday night.

    It's a good film albeit not perfect or a classic. This is really an actor's film, and it's ably carried almost entirely by Sam Rockwell's performance. I loathed him in HHGTTG, but he gives a fine performance here, and manages to play much of this film wholly against himself, or his faceless robot assistant. The film is something of a throwback to the kinds of sci-fi movies of the 70s: ruminating on the effects of space isolation on humans, and a little about what it means to be human at all. The pace is slow but deliberate. Maybe it's tad too slow in places, but it's never boring. That said, it's a character drama, so don't expect any big actions set pieces.

    The script is good, but it's not perfect. It's got a few logical lapses and a few bits are unfortunately predictable. I won't go into detail, as they're spoiler territory, but none are serious enough to detract from the film.

    The production is heavily influenced by sci-fi films of the 70s and 80s, and there's a definite Ron Cobb aesthetic to the sets (right down to some doorway shapes and aping his "semiotic standard" icons from Alien), so it all feels familiar and mostly practical.

    The use of miniatures for much of the effects work gives the film a nice solid quality so lacking in CGI heavy films. Sure, not every effect looks 100% convincing, but no more so than CGI. The plan of real light over real objects is wonderful. The filmmakers make smart decisions regarding mixing minitures with digital set extensions, etc.

    Director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) was on-hand for the screening and did a nice Q&A with the audience after the show. He said that the film's budget was 5 million dollars, but it certainly looks more expensive than that. I got a chance to talk to him at the end of the screening, and then ran into him again at a bar a few doors down later. Nice chap!
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  9. Ayelbourne

    Ayelbourne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 25, 2005
    Then clearly, you don't know Sam Rockwell. ;)

    I'm very much looking forward to this movie ever since I heard it's gonna be a One-man show with Rockwell.
  10. Hartzilla2007

    Hartzilla2007 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 15, 2006
    Star Trekkin Across the universe.
    Well two if you count Spacey.
  11. Angel4576

    Angel4576 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 3, 2001
    United Kingdom
    Hadn't heard anything about this, but I think I'll be checking it out now. Sounds interesting.
  12. 3D Master

    3D Master Rear Admiral

    Jul 25, 2004
    The movie that Star Trek should have been! Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.

    Desperately looking forward to it going into premier over here in Europe.
  13. Myasishchev

    Myasishchev Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 20, 2009
    America after the rain
    Only $5mil? Incredible.

    Other than Star Trek, Moon's the only film I'm excited about this summer. And I suspect Moon will be the better movie in a lot of ways.
  14. Argus Skyhawk

    Argus Skyhawk Commodore Commodore

    Jan 20, 2001
    Argus Skyhawk
  15. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Chattanooga, TN
    Re: 'Moon' does well at RottenTomatoes

    I'm hoping it comes to a theater near me. I'm always up for some smart sci-fi.
  16. Twilight

    Twilight Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 13, 2003
  17. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Re: 'Moon' does well at RottenTomatoes

    Metacritic's aggregate provides a much more exact score, but it's still in the green at 68. I'm excited to see it, whenever it plays around where I happen to be at.
  18. Daneel

    Daneel Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 31, 2009
    Re: 'Moon' does well at RottenTomatoes

    It's not playing around me either. I'd hoped there might be at least one theatre in Toronto showing it, but alas that is not the case.

    Is it one of those openings where the film is only playing in New York, L.A., and maybe a few other select cities? I do hope it gets a wider distribution soon... I'm looking forward to this one.
  19. wamdue

    wamdue Admiral Admiral

    Sep 30, 2001
    looks good, hopefully not like Solaris
  20. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Chattanooga, TN
    I liked Solaris. Both versions... anyway, I found out Moon played in Atlanta back in April. Maybe it will pop up again.